DIY help has been given to homeowners worried about having to share their houses with rats during the cold snap.
According to Confused.com, the recent freezing temperatures mean that pests will inevitably struggle to keep warm and will consequently look to head into UK homes as a result.
Darren Black, head of the firm, commented: "They want to share our home comforts and are seeking warmth inside. Homeowners need to take steps which will prevent rats gaining access to our homes as these pest guests are particularly unsavoury."
The company advised Brits to make sure any gaps, holes and crevices are sealed to reduce the risk of pests being able to get into the house.
Homeowners should pay most attention to areas around pipes and brickwork, it added.
In addition, it is important to repair any broken drain covers around the house, as rats are likely to enter from sewerage systems.
Confused.com is an insurance price comparison website and was launched in 2002.
Posted by Thomas Morris