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Eradicating Black Rats
19th December 2014, by Red Pest Control

Information on the process used by Red Pest Control on eradicating black rats...


The black rat is a common long-tailed rodent in the subfamily of Murinae (murine rodents) The species originated in tropical Asia and spread through the Near East in Roman times before reaching Europe by the 1st century and spreading with Europeans across the world.

Black rats are generalist omnivores, they are serious pests in nature as they eat birds and insects, and to farmers as they eat a wide range of agricultural crops. They are vectors of many diseases including the bacterium Yersinia pestis, an agent of bubonic plague. Bubonic plague - along with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestis - is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population. Around the Mediterranean Region, summers seemed to be the season when the disease took place. In northern Europe, the disease had its most frequent outbreaks in the autumn.

Eradicating Black Rats

RED Pest Control M.D. Gary Mitchell one of the few pest controllers in the UK to work on eradicating black rats in areas where bubonic plague has been identified, including Libya in 2009 where he worked as a Country Ops manager for a multi-national pest control company.

  • Devised and implemented operational model to eradicate black rats and burrowing rodents in a 250 sqkm area around desert villages

  • Worked with World Health Organisation,(W.H.O.) to devise vector control programme

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