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Rats

Vermin Control, ratsThe Common Rat has only been recorded in Britain since early in the 18th century. It is thought to have been introduced in shipping from Russia, and did not originate in Norway, despite one of its common names.

It is now by far the more abundant of the two rat species and is widely distributed in both urban and rural areas. It occurs both indoors and outdoors away from human habitation and is the species often associated with sewer systems.


House Mice

Vermin Control, house miceThe House Mouse has been identified from pre-Roman Iron Age deposits and is believed to have arrived in Britain around the 10th century BC. It is likely that it was once a wild species somewhere on the borders of the USSR and Iran, and gradually spread with the practice of agriculture.

It is common in a wide range of urban and rural buildings all over Britain. Although mainly a house dweller, it may live outdoors for part or all year.

House mice are not found in sewers.


Grey Squirrels

Vermin control, grey squirrelGrey squirrels build nests (or dreys) of twigs and leaves in the forks of trees and they may also use tree hollows known as dens. Dreys and dens are used both for shelter and for breeding.

There are two breeding seasons in a year. The first litters are born in February and March after a gestation period of 45 days. The young are weaned at 10 weeks old. Second litters are born in June and July leaving the nest in August and September.

Grey squirrels litters average 3 to 4 young.


 Moles

Vermin control, molesThe mole is a member of the Insectivore Order. The cylindrical body is 12–16 cm long from nose to tip of tail and weighs 70-110g and there is very little external difference between the sexes.

The mole is covered with black velvety hair that can set in any direction. It is well adapted for burrowing with large spade-like forefeet turned permanently outwards for digging. The eyes are very small and hidden among the fur, but well capable of detecting light. There are no external ear flaps. The senses of touch and hearing of a mole are well developed but smell and sight are less important.


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