How many rats usually live in a nest?

Rats nests usually consist of five to ten rats each. However, rats will often build their nests in close proximity to one another to form a social colony. Like mice, rats will continue to multiply and grow their population until they run out of resources to support themselves.

How many rats usually live in a nest?
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How big is a rat nest

After finding somewhere safe to live with ample access to food and water, rats will look to build a nest. Once they have a nest, they can turn their attention to the next most important consideration in their lives; breeding. Rats don’t multiply at quite the same rate as mice, but they can still reproduce at an alarming rate. A pair of breeding mice can easily grow to 100 or more members within the space of a year if conditions are right. In humans, women can’t produce more than one pregnancy a year and each pregnancy usually only consists of a single baby. Rats are different. Female rats can become pregnant multiple times each year and give birth to as many as 22 pups in each litter, although 8 – 9 is the average.

How many rats usually live in a nest?

 While each individual nest might be relatively small, it can form part of a much larger colony with hundreds, potentially even thousands, of rats living together. Individual families of rats can also build multiple nesting sites that they regularly move between.

The average home doesn’t provide enough food or space for more than a few rats nests, and most infestations consist of just a single nest. However, there are exceptions to this. The more people living on a property, the more resources there will be for rats to take advantage of. If you keep pets or livestock on your property and buy their food in bulk, larger infestations become more likely.


No one wants to deal with bugs, rats, micecockroaches, flies, textile pests, insects, wasps, hornets, or bee control and ants in their house or business.

Pest infestations should be addressed as soon as possible, since if left unchecked, they might spread rapidly and cause structural damage to your house, health risks, lots of stress or even a fire danger.

At Bon Accord, we provide a full range of home pest control services as well as the Bon Accord Helpline, which allows us to deliver our clients with the level of service they require when dealing with rodents, ants, cockroaches and other infestations.

We offer a full range of services from basic to expert, ranging from a self-service solution with all the tools you’ll need to DIY treatments, supported remotely by one of our technicians to our premium service in which one of the specialists performs the whole treatment

Why choose Bon Accord Rat Control

24/7 rat control. We’re available day and night to protect homes and businesses in Greater London.

Bon Accord delivers specialist pest control services and environmentally sustainable pest management. We only employ people who care and deliver excellent service. 

Our London exterminators can deal with the most stubborn pest infestations safely, quickly and efficiently.

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