Rat Catchers Ashington

Ashington Rat Catchers Contractors (NE63): Spotting rats in your home or garden tends to be rather a horrifying thing to experience and whilst its not so regular an occurrence in Ashington in recent times, it's certainly something that happens from time to time. Rats tend to breed rather quickly and will likely cause issues, particularly when there are a lot of them. A single incidence of a lone rat won't be all that much of a worry, however if you are noticing them regularly you should report it.

Rat Catchers Ashington Northumberland NE63

Even though neither of the two rat breeds currently seen in the British Isles are native to these shores, they have unquestionably made themselves at home. The brown rat is particularly common whilst the ship (black) rat just isn't so much so nowadays. Both of these varieties fled from Asia and made their way to the UK on ships.

The black rat at 5-7 inches, is not as big as the common brown rat, which grows to lengths of nearly nine inches and weighs in at around half a kilo. To stop their incisor teeth from growing too long, brown rats need to keep chewing stuff, and that's why they cause such a lot of damage and destruction. Rats especially love to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats cause a number of issues in homes and businesses around Ashington and they leave behind droppings, gnaw through woodwork, insulation, wires and pipes, transmit diseases, and are generally problematic. Incidences of rats ought to be reported to the local authorities. You might also report a rat problem on the .gov web page HERE.

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You'll from time to time identify the presence of rats not in fact by physically seeing them, but by them indicating their activity in other ways. It's possible you might hear noises coming from a loft, floor or wall, you might encounter distinctive rat holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards, you might discover droppings in cupboards or on floors or you might uncover a rat's nest hidden away.

To deal with this issue there are specific approaches you could consider. You could lay poison or traps yourself, you could contact the local Ashington council or you can find a rat removal specialist. In the good old days, rat catchers were simply that, but currently they are labeled pest controllers and won't only be capable of helping you manage getting rid of rats but also cockroaches, wasps, mice, moles, ants and much more.

Rat Poison: A rather distasteful solution to getting rid of rats is by using poison. Rats die just a few days after eating poisoned bait, generally wheat grain. When its placed in the appropriate position within an area where rats have been observed, poison can fairly rapidly deal with a large population of rats. In general bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum are among the poisons used. You must be careful to keep this out of reach of cats, dogs and other pets. Rat poison brands sold in the UK include the likes of: Propest, Pest Expert, RatKil, Rentokil, Roshield and Elixir Gardens. (Tags: Rat Poison Ashington, Rat Poisons Ashington)

Species of Rat

There are only two breeds of rat which you could run into in Ashington, Northumberland or any place else in Great Britain for that matter. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat:

The brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or common rat) is the most commonly seen rat in Great Britain and across Continental Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rodent reaches lengths of 4-9 inches (plus the tail) and weight about 140 to 500 grams. This rodent was given the name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) as it was assumed to have spread to the British Isles by ship from Norway. It's nowadays understood to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats have good hearing but poor eyesight, they dig burrows and climb well, they're omnivores but favour cereals and grains, the females often reproduce five litters of as many as 14 per year.

The Black Rat:

Originating in India and Southeast Asia the black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not a native species of the United Kingdom or Europe. Understood to have spread when the Roman Empire reigned supreme, this rat quite possibly reached Europe and Great Britain in cargoes of spices. The black rat was at one time prevalent in the British Isles however was largely replaced by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often found. This rat attains a length of 5-7 inches a weight of 75-230g. Notorious for causing diseases black rats have been to blame for bubonic plague, trichinosis, listeria, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, Weil's disease and typhus.

Have You Got Rats?: When you've got an inkling you may have rats in your property or business, there are various means by which you could find out. You can be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels alongside solid objects, try to find signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, listen for scratching noises coming from attics and walls, particularly during the night, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirting boards and walls, keep your eyes peeled for faeces, they're darkish brown and look much like large grains of rice, check for gnawing in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics.

Burrowing: Burrowing and digging is something that all rats really love to do and it is next to solid structures and objects such as garden sheds, paths, garages and terraces where they especially prefer to dig. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but extensive systems of burrows, built to use as shelter, nesting and food storage. A certain indication of a rat burrow is often a smooth sided hole adjacent to a solid structure, where the motion of hairy creatures have polished the entrance hole. Commonly 2-4 inches in diameter, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to recognize. Throw some debris into the burrow and check back the following day to ascertain if it's been moved. This would clarify if the rats are still present.

Reporting Rats

We briefly touched on this before, so now we'll go into a little more detail. It is always a good idea to report it to the local council if you spot rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Most councils will sort out issues with rats free of charge, however if you've got other pest infestations like bed bugs, cockroaches and wasps they'll quite often charge. Rat infestations may also be reported via the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. To have things sorted quickly schedule a rat catcher HERE.

Ashington pest control: Xpress Pest Control - Ashington NE13 7BA, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Ashington NE25 0RN, Able Pest 24/7 NE61 3RA, Alnwick & Amble Pest Control NE64 6BQ.

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