There are two main types of rats that cause a concern in the UK. The Brown Rat (or common rat) and the Black Rat.
Brown rats usually prefer living underground in burrow, but have made their way into residential properties. These rats are natives of Central Asia and arrived more recently during the early 1700’s – again as stowaways in ships cargos.
Black rats arrived in Britain on Roman ships having worked their way to Europe from India. They are rare in the UK, and their appearance is usually confined mainly to ports.
Only a few species of mouse are considered pests that pose a threat to homes in the UK. The top 3 mice you way encounter within your home, garage or shed include: House Mouse, Field Mouse and the Yellow Necked Field Mouse.
Usually the most common rodent in the UK home. It is a misconception that mice are only a problem in the wintertime. House mice are active all year round, which means you could find them invading your home at any time! Similar to rats, house mice are also nocturnal so you may not hear them scurrying around your home when you’re asleep.
Field mice are rarely seen in residential homes, however during the winter months they will go into outhouses and sheds. This means you could come into trouble with a field mice!
Yellow Necked Field Mouse
Yellow necked field mice are mostly a threat in rural areas. In homes they can pose a fire risk as they are known to chew through electrical wiring!
Author: NBC Environment/Orkin
John Dickson of NBC has over 25 years’ experience managing the conflict that businesses can face with wildlife, birds and pests, reducing risks for many organisations across the UK. Since the business was founded in 1993, John has grown the business expanding the services we offer and developing NBC into one of the leading pest control businesses in the UK and the largest falconry business in Europe.