SHIPS & COASTAL RAT MIGRATION

Rats have played an important role in the history of the marine industry for more than a thousand years. The black rat was first brought to the British Isles by Roman ships more than 1,600 years ago. The brown rat, also known as the wharf rat, may be found on all continents except Antarctica, which is partly due to the fact that it was introduced there by ships and boats during the early days of the twentieth century. A substantial health hazard is posed by rats, who are known to spread a wide range of diseases. Murine typhus and salmonellosis...