Rat Catchers Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted Rat Catchers Contractors (HP4): Although its not really a common problem nowadays in Berkhamsted, people do have issues with rats occasionally. Spotting rats in your garden or inside your home isn't a great thing to experience, and will be enough to cause some people the shivers. Individual rats shouldn't cause very much of an issue, although rats tend to breed quickly and can begin to cause issues when they grow in numbers.

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There are two species of rat that you might come across in Berkhamsted, black rats and brown (or common) rats. Its quite improbable that you'll ever see black rats, and if you've stumbled upon a rat recently chances are it'll have been the more common brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were blamed for the Great Plague, they are rather rare nowadays, although when they are seen they've got good hearing, are terrific climbers, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats in a single year.

The black rat at 5" to 7" long, is smaller than the brown, which reaches lengths of nearly 9 inches and weighs around half a kilogram. Brown rats often cause destruction as they must constantly chew on things to stop their teeth from growing too much. Rats particularly like to gnaw at wood.

Rats leave droppings, spread disease, gnaw their way through woodwork, insulation, wires and pipes, and generally cause a nuisance in businesses and households in and around Berkhamsted. Property owners should report rat sightings to their local authority. Or perhaps go HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov web page.

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You may not necessarily have to witness rats to confirm that they are there, since there are a range of signs that may warn you of their activity. Perhaps you may discover droppings on floors or in cupboards, you could spot rat holes gnawed into floorboards or skirtings, you might uncover a rat's nest in some hidden location or you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor.

If you do not wish to wait for environmental health to remedy your rat problem you could also speak to a local Berkhamsted pest controller or rat catcher who will be skilled in the field of pest removal. There aren't that many people these days who just specialize in rat problems, you can also contact them if you have a problem with a wasps nest in your walls or perhaps moles causing damage. (Tags: Pest Control Berkhamsted, Rat Catcher Berkhamsted )

Problems With Moles

While nowhere near such a common issue these days moles are occasionally dealt with by rat catchers. Bringing about quite different problems to rats, moles are not quite as despised. The main trouble with moles is that they cause damage to your garden, especially lawns. The recognizable sight of piles of earth scattered all over a nicely clipped lawn are clear proof of this activity. Capturing with traps is undoubtedly the most humane and acceptable solution to reduce the number of moles.

Types of Rat

You'll only ever run into 2 kinds of rat in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire or anywhere in the United Kingdom. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Berkhamsted, the remainder of the United Kingdom and Continental Europe the most widespread type of rat is the brown rat (common rat, street rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is what you could discover in your home or garden. The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey) is ordinarily 4 to 9 inches in length (without the tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500 grams. It is usually found wherever humans live. Nowadays understood to have originated in Central Asia (possibly China), it was once presumed to have come from Norway (hence the name Norway Rat). Brown rats are omnivores (feed on any foodstuffs) though their favourite foods are cereals, they have bad eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, the females reach sexual maturity in only five weeks and are able to have 5 litters every year (with as many as 14 young in each), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in India the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of the United Kingdom or Europe. Understood to have been spread in Roman times, this rat quite likely reached Europe and the UK inside spice shipments. Rather rare nowadays in Britain, the black rat was largely replaced by the larger brown rat. Growing to lengths of 5-7 inches, the black rat weighs in at around 75 to 230 grams. Well known for passing on diseases and pathogens black rats may be the cause of bubonic plague, toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, typhus, salmonella, listeria and trichinosis.

Have You Got Rats?

When you have an idea that you might have rats in your home or business, there are various ways by which you'll be able to find out. You can keep your eyes peeled for faeces (droppings), they look much like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, listen out for continual scratching noises coming from walls and attics, in particular at night, search for signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, look out for burrows or tunnels next to solid surfaces, check for gnawing in cables, wood and wires, particularly in attics.


The one thing that all rats love to do is dig burrows, and the location that they especially like to dig is next to solid structures and objects like paths, patios, shed bases and garage foundations. These are not often just simple holes in the ground, but rather substantial systems of burrows, intended to provide food storage, a nesting place and shelter. The access points to rat burrows are usually worn smooth by the continual ins and outs, so keep an eye out for smooth sided holes adjacent to solid surfaces. The entrances to burrows are generally 2" to 4" across. It's possible to find out if rats are present by temporarily blocking up the entrance to see if they come back and clear it away.

Needless to say rats are not just found in Berkhamsted itself, you could also come across them in Little Gaddesdon, Frithsden, Asheridge, Bourne End, Little Heath, Potten End, Hawridge, Water End, Northchurch, Bovingdon, Tring, Whelpley Hill, Ashley Green, Cow Roast, Pednor and other places in and around Hertfordshire.

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