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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Where rats are most likely to enter your home

    It is true that slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents in the home, yet, while we concentrate on eliminating efforts that cause such accidents, there may be another health issue lurking in your attic or wall cavities – rats.

    Why are rats in my home?

    Although rats typically enter a home for food, warmth and shelter, they usually create a new nest when they are expecting to have babies. There is neither a time nor a season for breeding among rats, meaning that you could have a problem the year round.

    How do rats get into the house?

    Rats are capable of getting into your home through gaps of anything from half an inch wide. This means it can be difficult to both locate and eliminate their entry points.

    Don’’t forget that rats can climb well too, without falling, meaning that they can make use of roof corner intersections, for example. Their teeth can also chew through various vents.

    Can I prevent a rat infestation?

    It is certainly possible to minimise the risk of a rat infestation. The primary attraction for rats will be a food supply. As such, take reasonable measures to eliminate any food sources. This includes putting rubbish directly into a covered wheelie bin, not leaving bin bags outside of your home, lifting pet food, and not using food waste on compost heaps.

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    If you have found possible entry points into your home, you should cover these with steel.

    Claiming compensation for domestic issues

    If you have a rat infestation and you are not to blame, you may be able to claim for the harm and distress you have suffered.

    Perhaps your landlord is liable for the conditions which attracted rats to your rented property? Or maybe your neighbour frequently leaves rubbish bags outside, and so rats have nested in your home as well?

    Whatever your story, if you have suffered illness or injury as a result of your rat infestation, Accident Advice Helpline could help you recover the compensation you deserve.

    Getting in touch with us

    From slips and falls to rat-related illnesses, for more information on claiming personal injury compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today.

    Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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