Rats – Weils disease and staying safe.
Over the last five years at Healthguard we have recorded unprecedented instances of rats in Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire areas. Most people are distressed when rats are present in their living or working environment and for good reason, it is vital that businesses and Private individuals call a professional pest control company to deal with rats as soon as they are noticed, you can call us on 01522 869500.
Rats shouldn’t be considered a rural problem either, we successfully resolve many hundreds of rat issues each year in urban Sheffield where rats emerge from damaged sewer drains and seek food and shelter in homes and business premises causing damage, contamination and a loss of reputation.
Resistance to bait in rats has been well documented in the press over recent years but it doesn’t end there, rats have become resistant to bait and traps in their behaviour too which is why it pays to use an experienced pest control contractor with British Pest Control Association Membership being the benchmark.
For more details on Weils diesase please visit – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/leptospirosis
NHS figures show there were 102 hospital admissions for the bacterial infection last year, compared to just 36 four years ago. Weil’s, which can be difficult to diagnose without sophisticated tests, attacks the kidneys and liver, and claims the life of around one or two people every year.
The bacteria can get into the body through cuts and scratches after paddling in contaminated ponds, slow-flowing rivers and other freshwater sources. Although rats are seen as the main carriers of the illness, it can also be spread by the urine of other animals such as cattle, mice, foxes and badgers.
The sharp rise in Weil’s comes as stronger poisons are increasingly being needed to crack down on a ‘rat epidemic’. There have also been reports of giant 2-foot-long rats, which have grown immune to current poisons and feast on discarded fast food and household waste.
A Public Health England spokesman said: ‘The risk [of Weil’s] can be greatly reduced by not swimming or wading in water that might be contaminated. ‘They urged anyone who develops a flu-like illness up to 12 days after coming into contact with fresh water or rats to visit their GP.
Why use Healthguard?
Fortunately we have a team of highly experienced technicians covering South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with all the centres covered such as Sheffield and surrounding districts, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Grimsby, Skegness, Boston, Spalding, Peterborough, Stamford, Grantham, Sleaford, Newark and Lincoln with all areas between covered with enough RSPH trained technicians to be resolving any pest issue within 24 hours.
If you are concerned about rats (or indeed any other pests), don’t leave it a moment longer, call 01522 869500 or for Sheffield 0114 4372104.