Rats cause major issues both from a commercial and public health perspective. It is also important to remember that property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free. Food businesses need to protect themselves from rat infestations and are subject to the requirements in the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006.
Rats carry many serious diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine. Including; Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease and Hanta virus. They also carry organisms which can damage human health such as Salmonella bacteria, Listeria . Rats are hosts to numerous parasites such as fleas, mites, ticks, and worms.