We have all read about the recent flooding experienced in the UK and across parts of central England has been devastating for home-owners and business-owners alike. Now, forecasts predict that more heavy rainfall will affect large parts of southern England, with the Environment Agency issuing a lot more warnings across the UK. But what happens to the rodents when it floods?
Rodent Infestations And Flooding
During the heavy rainfall, rodent infestations in and around the flooded areas increase. This is obviously due to the overflow of sewers forcing rodents above the ground, and the destruction of previous nesting locations forces them to seek shelter. Consequently, our dry, warm homes are inviting to rats and mice during this testing time.
Rodent infestations can create even more problems for home-owners and businesses already trying to cope with the after-effects of the flooding. Not only can these small rodents cause damage through gnawing, but they can spread diseases and contaminate food. However, there are a number of ways in which you can help to prevent rodents entering your home:
- Wrap up and clear up fallen trees, fences and any other debris that has accumulated, especially if they are close to buildings.
- Make sure your premises are well sealed. Also check for missing roof tiles, cracks and any other openings that may let in these rodents.
- Also check that any of the outbuildings, children’s play equipment, boats and vehicles don’t have any trapped debris that may provide a cosy home to rats and mice.
- Make sure that all foodstuff and animal feeds are kept well sealed and dry.
What Is Weil’s Disease?
Rats are a serious concern in flood-ridden areas due to the health risks that are associated with them. Rats carry nasty diseases which can spread to humans. In particular, Weil’s disease is a potentially fatal waterborne disease that can be found in stagnant water after floods. Flooding of homes and other buildings increases the chances of coming into contact with rat droppings and urine. This increases the risk of the disease being passed on to humans.
How To Be Safe In Flood Water
- Always wear waterproof boots when wading through floodwater and never swim in floodwater.
- Cover wounds with waterproof plasters if exposed to floodwater.
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