Rat Catchers Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley Rat Catchers Contractors (WD5): Spotting a rat in your house or garden tends to be rather a frightening experience although it's not so frequent an occurrence in Abbots Langley in recent times, its certainly something that does happen. Rats tend to breed quickly and can cause issues, particularly when they're present in numbers. Just one incidence of a lone rat won't be much of a concern, but if you are seeing them on a regular basis it is best to get some specialist advice.

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Although neither of the 2 varieties of rat presently found in the British Isles originate from these islands, they've definitely thrived since they arrived here. The brown rat is especially common whilst the black (ship) rat isn't so much these days. Both of these varieties fled from Asia and got to the British Isles aboard ships.

The biggest of the two rats is the common brown at approximately nine inches, whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5-7" long. A lot of the destruction attributable to brown rats is due to the fact that to prevent their teeth from growing too long, they have to constantly gnaw stuff. Timber is especially more prone to this gnawing.

Rats cause lots of problems in homes and businesses around Abbots Langley and they leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, gnaw through woodwork, wires, pipes and insulation, and are generally problematic. Home owners need to report any sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. In addition you can report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov web page HERE.

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You'll in some cases be alerted to the presence of rats not by in fact observing them, but by them announcing their activity by other means. Perhaps you might start seeing droppings in cupboards or on the floor, you might uncover a rat's nest in some concealed location, you might encounter rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings or you might hear noises coming from a loft, floor or wall.

To address this problem there are a few routes you could consider. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you could speak to the local Abbots Langley environmental health department or you can bring in a pest controller who specialises in rat removal. There aren't all that many individuals these days who specialize only in rat catching, you can also bring them in if you've got a problem with a wasp nest in your loft space or even moles in your lawn. (Tags: Pest Control Abbots Langley, Rat Catcher Abbots Langley )

Rat Prevention

The simplest way of avoiding problems with rats is not to encourage them from the beginning. Consequently, deterring rats and mice ought to be a thing to think about even when you do not currently have a rat problem. One of the principal factors that cause rat and mouse infestations is household trash in gardens. You will do nothing but attract them if you give them both the location and materials to build a nest. When there's also enough food on offer your rats will be in heaven, so be mindful that bird seed feeders attract rats, particularly when they are liable to overflowing, and household waste food should not be easily accessiblw. (Tags: Rat Prevention, Rat Deterrents)

Molecatchers in Abbots Langley

A number of rat catchers in Abbots Langley can also help with mole problems. Causing quite different issues to rats, moles are not quite as disliked. It's outside in the garden where you're likely to have issues with moles, and lawns in particular are susceptible. Nicely clipped lawns spoiled by unsightly piles of freshly dug soil are a sure sign of mole activity. The preferred and humane method to remove moles is by capturing with traps.

Species of Rat

You are only likely to run into 2 breeds of rat in Abbots Langley and anyplace in Britain. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most prevalent rat seen in the United Kingdom, and in fact the rest of Europe and North America, is the brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or common rat). This brown or grey coloured rodent reaches lengths of 4-9" (plus the tail) and weight about 140-500g. Even though at one time considered to have originated in Norway (hence its name), this rat is now known to have first come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats dig a lot and climb effectively, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats can give birth to 5 litters a year, they'll eat practically anything (omnivorous) but favour cereal grains.

The Black Rat

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus) roof rat or ship rat is also not native to Britain, originating from India and Southeast Asia. It is believed to have spread to Europe in Roman times, almost certainly hidden in spice shipments. Fairly scarce now in the United Kingdom, this rat was for the most part ousted by the larger brown rat. This rat attains lengths of 5-7 inches and weights of 75g to 230g. Known to cause salmonella, toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, typhus, trichinosis, bubonic plague and listeria, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rats - How to Spot Them

When you've got an inkling you could have rats in your home or business, there are a few ways that you'll be able to find out. You can hunt for tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, watch for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, check for gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in lofts, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows alongside solid objects, listen closely for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and lofts, especially at nighttime, keep your eyes open for droppings (faeces), they are dark brown and look just like large grains of rice.


Something that all rats like to do is dig and burrow, and their favourite area to do it is next to and under solid objects or structures such as walkways, garages, garden shed bases and patios. Rats create extensive burrow networks that provide them with shelter, food storage and nesting. The access points to burrows are generally worn smooth by frequent coming and going, so keep your eyes open for holes with smooth sides close to solid surfaces. The burrow entrances are generally 2-4 inches across. You can check if rats are there by temporarily filling up the entrance hole to find out whether they come back and remove it.

Reporting Rats

We briefly touched on this topic earlier, so now we'll go into it a bit more. It is always best to inform the local environmental health if you discover rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space. When it comes to rats this could at times be a cost-free service, although you'll often be required to pay for other infestations like bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches. It's also very easy to report sightings of rats through the .gov website which you can find HERE. Click HERE to book your local rat catcher and get the issue resolved quickly.

Clearly rats are not only a problem in Abbots Langley itself, you could also come across them in Garston, Watford, Hunton Bridge, Pimlico, Bricket Wood, Kings Langley, St Albans, Chipperfield, Leavesden, Nash Mills, Frogmore, Chiswell Green, Hemel Hempstead, Park Street, Bedmont, Cassiobury and other locations nearby.

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