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Rat facts!

You don't want to meet one in real life though. We at Green Shield, will make sure you don't have to. We like rid of them, and our Pest Repeller makes sure of it. In the meantime, civilisation's constant co-habitation with rats seems to have got to people's heads, read on.

The Egyptians deified rats.

Depending who you believe, you're never more than 10 feet, a few feet, or just three feet from a rat. That said, rats are not evenly distributed.

Of course, some people like to have rats breeding in their homes.

Rats are like people. They enjoy eating, playing, sleeping, and having lots of sex.

The Brown Rat is the most common kind. A 2003 survey estimated there were about 60 million of them in the UK, about the same as the human population.

Rat teeth don't stop growing. Rats who lose a front tooth need dentistry from a human helper to stop the opposing teeth from growing too big for their mouths.

Michael Jackson's ballad Ben is a song about a pet rat.

"People born in the Year of the Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996) are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex."

Tradition has it that cider-makers would fling a dead rat into a vat of fermenting cider - when the rat had completely dissolved, fermentation was complete. We're confident that modern cider makers use appropriate chemicals instead.

Rat teeth are strong enough to nibble through wood, bone, lead piping, brick, concrete, and metal.

Rats can't vomit (although they can regurgitate - there's a difference). They can't belch either, which can cause problems for any rat that takes a liking to fizzy drinks.

Rats have been sent into space aboard American, Chinese and Russian spacecraft.

Most rats are right-handed.

Despite this plethora of fascinating rat facts, we at Green Shield are not remotely inclined to like them. The Green Shield Rat Repeller drives rats out of your living or working environment, guaranteed. Thank goodness!