It is said you are never more than six feet away from a rat. It may have been a myth, an urban legend, but just how many rats are there in the world?

Our furry friends are said to be the most populous mammal and are found in every corner of the globe. There are believed to be approximately seven billion rats on the planet. It is estimated there are two billion rats in China alone. But rats will continue their world tour to every continent and have set up home in most of the major cities in Europe. For instance, reports say there are in the region of eight million rats in Paris, the French capital, where it is said there are four rats for every citizen.

There are thought to be seven million rats in the city of London and between one and one and a half billion rats in the UK.  The rat has also crossed the Atlantic and relocated to America, where Philadelphia, New York and Boston are thought to have the largest rat populations in the US.

But what do we know about our well-travelled rodent? There are more than 60 different types of rat in the world. They can grow to between 9 and 12 inches, not counting the tail, although some species can reach more than 30 inches. Baby rats are called kittens, a male rat is referred to as a buck and the female is known as a doe. They are considered social creatures with an incredible rate of reproduction. Rats achieve sexual maturity after a month or so of being born and can gestate their pups for approximately three weeks. A doe can carry around half a dozen pups at a time and give birth six times a year. It adds up to one female rat having 50 babies in the space of 12 months. If you multiply that by thousands of doe, it’s not hard to see how there could be a population explosion of rats running around.

If you feel rats have set up house in your home, then call in Pest-Master Ltd to get rid of them. We can take care of your infestation as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, give us a call on 0141 586 0239 and we will send those rodents on their way. Safe as houses.


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