Rat warning: “Washed out” pests invade British homes – “Health risks” identified by experts | Great Britain | news

London was hit by flash floods when parts of the capital rained for a month in just one day in terrible scenes that caused travel chaos. Residents were evacuated from their homes, train connections were suspended and cars were submerged in water. The Met Office issued a yellow warning when Kew experienced 47.8mm of rain in a 24-hour period, marking its third wettest day on record.

There are now fears that “flushed” rats will enter flood-hit homes after sewage seeps from drains and toilets.

Cleankill Pest Control’s Chris Davis previously explained why British homes could be besieged.

He said, “The rats are just trying to find dry places to live.

“Rats like water and are good swimmers, but they cannot stand standing under water for long periods of time and they can drown.

“Your usual food sources may have been washed away, so they’ll be looking for something to eat too.”

He explained that flood-off drainage covers can allow rats to escape into residential areas.

However, Mr Davis warned that homeowners take action against invading rats as they can become aggressive.

He added, “Rats are generally nocturnal, but the flooding has disrupted their normal patterns.

“As a result, they will likely be sleep deprived, exhausted, very nervous, and hungry – they will be more afraid of you than you are of them.

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Your urine and feces contain pathogens that transmit diseases such as Weil’s disease, rat bite fever, and salmonellosis.

David Cross, Head of the Technical Training Academy at Rentokil, warned in 2017: “Rats pose a particular health risk in flooded areas because their urine contains leptospira, which survive outside the rat’s body for much longer in extremely wet weather.”

Rentokil’s website explained how the leptospira in rat urine can cause leptospirosis (commonly known as Weil’s disease).

Hantavirus is another pathogen that they say can be transmitted by food and water from rats and mice contaminated with rodent urine and excrement.

Rodents are also potential sources of allergens.

Their feces, dander, and hair can cause sneezing, itching, and other allergic reactions.

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