Rat Catchers Aldershot

Aldershot Rat Catchers Contractors (GU11): While it's not really a common occurrence in Aldershot nowadays, folks can still have trouble with rats every so often. Seeing rats in your property or garden is not a pleasant thing to experience, and is enough to give some property owners the shivers. Single rats should not cause much of a problem, however rats tend to breed rapidly and will cause issues when their numbers rise.

Rat Catchers Aldershot GU11

While neither of the 2 types of rat at present found in the UK are native to these shores, they have unquestionably become firmly established. The brown rat is especially widespread whilst the black (ship) rat isn't so much so nowadays. Both of these breeds originated in Asia and made their way to the British Isles on boats.

The biggest of the 2 rats is the common brown rat at approximately 9 inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5 to 7" long. The majority of the destruction caused by brown rats is due to the fact that to prevent their incisor teeth from getting too much, they must continuously gnaw things. Wooden items are especially prone to this interest.

An infestation of rats lead to a lot of issues for home owners and businesses in and around Aldershot, they'll transmit diseases, gnaw through wires, pipes, woodwork and insulation, leave droppings, and contaminate foodstuffs. Property holders must always report incidences of rats to their local authorities. Or report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov website HERE, that will be forwarded to your local authority.

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You won't necessarily have to witness rats to know of their existence, because there are a number of signs that will alert you to their presence. It could be that you may hear scratching coming from a floor, wall or loft, you might spot rat holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards, you could notice droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces or you might come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere.

To tackle this problem there are specific strategies you could consider. You could set traps or poison yourself, you could find a rat catcher or you could contact your local Aldershot council. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be precisely that, however these days they're typically termed pest controllers and won't just be able to help you with getting rid of rats but also resolving problems with cockroaches, wasps, ants, mice, moles and many more.

Species of Rat

There are only two breeds of rat that you may encounter in Aldershot or anywhere else in Britain for that matter. They are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus):

The brown rat (sewer rat, street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or common rat) is the most commonly seen rat in the UK and throughout Europe (also North America). The coloration of this rodent of the family Muridae ranges between grey and brown, it usually grows to approximately 4-9" (plus an equivalent length of tail) with a weight range of between 140g and 500g. Though once thought to have spread from Norway, the brown rat is now known to have first come from China. Brown rats dig burrows and climb effectively, they have excellent hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats can produce up to five litters every year, they'll eat just about anything (omnivores) but have a preference for grains and cereals.

The Black Rat:

The black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not native to Britain, originating in Southeast Asia. It is regarded as having spread throughout Europe at the time of the Roman Empire, quite possibly traveling in cargoes of spice. At one time common in Britain, this rat disappeared as the brown rat appeared. Growing to lengths of 5-7 inches, the black rat weighs just 75-230 grammes. Black rats are notorious for spreading numerous diseases, particularly bubonic plague, listeria, typhus, trichinosis, salmonella, Weil's disease and toxoplasmosis.

Signs of Rat Infestations: There are various ways by which you can find out if you've got rats. If you have suspicions that there may be rats in your home or business you could keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they look like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, listen out for constant scratching noises coming from lofts and walls, especially at night, pay attention to gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in attics, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, search for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, look out for burrows or holes adjacent to solid surfaces.

Burrowing: If you have rats appearing in the garden, the likelihood is there is going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to dig and burrow and they generally dig them next to and beneath solid structures and objects like paths, terraces, garden shed bases and garage foundations. These are the best locations to check if you think there may be rats nesting there. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but extensive networks of burrows, built to provide shelter, a nesting place and food storage. A guaranteed indication of a rat burrow is a hole with smooth sides adjacent to a solid surface, where the movement of hairy bodies have rubbed and polished the entrance hole. Should you discover holes but are not certain if they're rats, they'll typically be 2-4 inches across. You should check if rats are using it by partially filling up the entrance to see if they come back and clear it away.

Reporting Rats and Pests: Here's more information on a topic we talked about further up the page. If you see rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden its best to inform the Environmental Health. Certain local authorities offer a free service for rat problems but payment is normally needed for most other infestations for example wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs. You can head over to the Government (.gov) website HERE to report rat infestations. Click HERE to book your own rat catcher and get the matter sorted out promptly.

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