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Do rats attack humans in the UK?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question do rats attack humans, is sometimes yes. And the experience is definitely something you’ll want to avoid at all cost. As you can imagine, rats are riddled with diseases. This means their bites can spread a wide variety of viruses and make you seriously ill.

Being victim of a rat bite isn’t something you want either yourself or a family member to go through. Plus, you don’t want to expose your staff or customers to this treat if you’re trying to run a business.

How common is it?

That being said, in general rats will rarely bite you. Although there have been reports of them biting babies, bed ridden people and the homeless, rat bites are not actually very common. These animals are mostly nocturnal, and try to avoid humans are much as possible.

So when do rats attacks humans?

Rats are generally a lot more scared of you than you are of them. When they do attack it’s usually because:

You’re keeping a wild rat as a pet

Do rats attack humans who keep them as pets? Sometimes they do. It can happen if you’re playing roughly with a domestically raised pet rat.

wild rat kept as a pet

However, this will most often happen when you trying to turn a wild rat into your pet. Some people do try this, often with bad consequences.

You’ve corned them

Rats are wild animals. Like all wild animals they may attack you if cornered or trapped. Try not to corner rats, because they could bite you in an attempt to escape. Basically, if you provoke them, there is a chance they will turn on you and attack.

You’re trying to catch one

If you are attempting to catch the rat, it may bite you in an attempt to defend itself. This is why rat catching is always a job better left to professionals.

You’re sleeping

Do rats attack humans who are sleeping? Occasionally, yes. That being said, this is more of an urban legend than anything else.

london family sleeping

In most of these cases it was because the person fell asleep with food residue around their face or hands. This is also why they will sometimes attack babies. During the night your baby will drool or vomit, and the rat is attracted by that.

You’ve disturbed it’s nest

Attempting to disturb the rats nest could end badly. This is especially true if it has babies. Do rats attacks humans? Well, if someone attacked your children what would you do?


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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