BRITISH homes could be invaded by rats this winter, pest control experts have warned.

They can often weigh over half a kilo and up to 23 cm long; brown rats breed rapidly with each female producing three to 12 litters of between six and eight young in a year.

The BPCA warn rats often carry nasty diseases including Weil’s disease, Salmonella, and Listeria.

However, as temperatures begin to drop its outdoor food supply will cease forcing them into your homes.

Mr Bates told The Sun: “Recent heavy rain has forced many rats above ground.

There is lots of food around for rats at the moment with ripe fruit and crops from harvesting so the population is peaking at the moment.

As it gets colder however as it is now rats will move closer to food supplies indoors and for somewhere warm to nest – that means people’s homes.

As it gets colder, however as it is now; they will move closer to food supplies indoors and for somewhere warm to nest – that means people’s homes.”

Rats can often weigh over half a kilo and up to 23cm long (Image: GETTY)

Rats often carry nasty diseases including Weil’s disease, Salmonella, and Listeria (Image: GETTY)

The BPCA says brown rats survive on a diet of around 50g of food per day.

Aside from being terrifying creatures, the pest control association warns they can cause damage to homes.

The British Pest Control Associate state: “Rats can inflict an enormous amount of structural damage”;

They can cause severe fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables; floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes.

If you are having problems on your property call Pest Control 24 London.

Credit for image and full article on the express website.

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