Rat Catchers Airdrie

Airdrie Rat Catchers Contractors (ML6): Seeing a rat in your garden or even inside your property is usually quite a shocking thing to go through although it isn't such a regular occurrence in Airdrie these days, it is certainly not unheard of. Rats tend to breed rather quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when they are seen in numbers. One sighting of a lone rat probably won't be much of a worry, but if you're observing them often it's best to do something.

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If you do happen to notice rats in Airdrie, the probability is that they're going to be common brown rats, although there are in fact 2 breeds of rat at present found in the UK; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may be aware black rats were responsible for the Great Plague (17th C) during which period they were quite widespread. Black rats are relatively scarce nowadays and actually neither species is a native of the United Kingdom, both of them originally from from Asia.

The brown rat is larger than the black rat (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh nearly 500g, with a length of approximately nine inches. Much of the damage attributable to brown rats is down to the fact that to prevent their incisor teeth from getting too much, they have to constantly gnaw things. Their gnawing is usually concentrated on stuff made of wood.

Rats spread diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw through wires, woodwork, pipes and insulation, and basically cause issues in homes and business premises throughout Airdrie. The local authority should be notified when there are any sightings of rats. You might also report rat and pest sightings on the .gov web page HERE.

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It isn't purely by sight that you'll become aware of the presence of rats, their actions are sometimes enough to enlighten you. Its possible you might spot holes gnawed in floorboards or skirting boards, you may find a rat's nest in some out of sight location, you could notice droppings in cupboards or on the floor or you might hear scratching coming from a loft, wall or floor.

If you're going to have this problem dealt with effectively you ought to get a professional. You could either get in contact with the local authority or get hold of a specialist Airdrie pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. Nowadays rat catchers normally come under the umbrella category of pest management, and pest elimination experts don't only control rats but in addition cockroaches, fleas, wasps, moles, bedbugs, mice and many other kinds of domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Airdrie, Rat Catcher Airdrie )

Rat Prevention

Discouraging rodents before they even appear is the easiest way to avoid having problems with them. Therefore, even if you don't actually have a rat problem, rat prevention must be extremely high on your priority list. Domestic trash laying around your garden is one of the major reasons behind rat infestations. Supplying them with both the place and materials for nests will achieve little but attract them. Furthermore, refrain from providing them with easily accessible food by leaving household food scraps around the garden and putting out bird seed feeders with grain that will just encourage them.

Kinds of Rat

In Airdrie and throughout the British Isles, there are only 2 breeds of rat which you are going to run into. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Airdrie, the rest of Great Britain and Continental Europe the commonest species of rat is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat), this is the one you could see in your garden or house. The colour of this rat ranges between grey and brown, it grows to around 4-9 inches (and a similar length tail) with a weight range of between 140 and 500 grams. This species was given its name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was believed to have come to Great Britain by boat from Norway. It's nowadays considered to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, they burrow a lot and climb well, they are omnivores but favour cereal grains, the females will reproduce five litters of as many as 14 pups a year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating from India and Southeast Asia the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native species of the British Isles or Europe. Thought to have been spread in Roman times, this rat quite possibly reached Europe and the United Kingdom inside shipments of spice. At one time common in the UK, the black rat largely disappeared as the brown rat appeared. This rat attains a length of 5" to 7" and usually weighs 75g to 230g. Known to cause listeria, toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, typhus, bubonic plague, salmonella and trichinosis, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Checking for Rats

There are several ways that you can tell if you've got rats. When you've got your suspicions that there could be rats in your home or business you could try to find footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, pay attention to gnawing in wires, wood and cables, especially in attics, look out for holes or burrows next to solid surfaces, listen closely for continual scratching noises coming from rooves and walls, especially at nighttime.


When you have rats appearing in your garden, the probabilities are there's going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to burrow and they generally excavate them alongside solid objects or structures such as garages, shed bases, walkways and patios. These are the best places to look if you believe there could be rats in the area. Useful for nesting, shelter and food storage, burrows are excavated into extensive systems that could even cause damage to structures if allowed to continue. A sure sign of a rat burrow is usually a smooth sided hole by the side of a solid surface, where the comings and goings of furry animals have polished and rubbed the entrance hole. Typically around two to four inches across, entrances to burrows are normally fairly easy to recognize. An easy way to determine if rats are still in that specific burrow is to chuck a bit of stuff into the hole and check if it's been cleared away the following day.

Not surprisingly rats and rodents aren't only found in Airdrie itself, you may also find them in Uddingston, Wattson, Newhouse, Calderbank, Gartcosh, Chapelhall, Glenboig, Plains, Stepps, Chryston, Baillieston, Bellshill, Holytown, Muirhead, Coatbridge, Viewpark, Salsburgh, Bargeddie and other areas close by.

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