img-20150605-wa0003-watermarkedAverage Adult Size:

  • 170mm (from nose to tail).

Associated Risks:

  • Pathogen / bacteria transmission,
  • Spoilage of food stocks,
  • Damage to soft furnishings,
  • Can also cause damage to wiring, plumbing & structural fabric of buildings.

Life Cycle:

  • Born, weaned at 3 weeks,
  • Sexually mature at 3-4 months,
  • Females can have several litters consisting of 5-6 young,
  • Will perish on average of 12 months.

Life Style:

  • Widely recognised pest in the United Kingdom,
  • All season pest,
  • Can effect both domestic & commercial properties,
  • Happy to coexist in close proximity to humans,
  • Primarily found within the fabric of buildings,
  • Commonly active nocturnally or in low light areas but can be active in daylight when hunting for food,
  • Tell-tale sign of problem: excess droppings around effected areas,
  • Droppings are normally 3-7mm long with up to 80 droppings in a 24 period,
  • Needs very little water to survive,
  • Omnivorous.



Control Method(s):

  • Chemical intervention,
  • Trapping,
  • Proofing & building maintenance.