Rat Catchers Blackburn

Blackburn Rat Catchers Contractors (BB1): Despite the fact that it's not such a common occurrence in Blackburn nowadays, homeowners do have issues with rats every once in awhile. Discovering rats in your house or garden is not a great experience, and would be enough to give some householders the shivers. Lone rats are not likely to create that much of an issue, although rats tend to breed rapidly and can cause problems as their numbers rise.

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If you do spot rats in Blackburn, the chances are that they are going to be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), even though there are in fact 2 species of rats presently found in the UK; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may know black rats were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague of the 17th Century at which time they were quite widespread. Black rats are quite scarce nowadays and actually neither variety is a native of the British Isles, both coming from Asia.

The black rat at 5 to 7 inches, is not as large as the brown rat, which reaches a length of almost nine inches and weighs in at close to 500g. The majority of the destruction caused by brown rats is because to keep their teeth from getting too much, they must continuously gnaw things. Their gnawing is oftentimes targeting stuff that's made from timber.

Rat infestations will cause a number of problems for business owners and householders throughout Blackburn, they transmit diseases, gnaw their way through woodwork, insulation, wires and pipes, leave behind droppings, and contaminate foodstuffs. The local authority really should be advised when there are any incidences of rats. Or perhaps go HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You will sometimes become aware of the presence of rats not by actually seeing them, but by their indicating their activity in other ways. It could be that you could come across rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings, you might discover droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you might hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft or you may uncover a rat's nest hidden away.

If you are going to have this issue dealt with correctly you must bring in a professional. You can speak to your local environmental health department or bring in a specialist Blackburn rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. In centuries past, rat catchers were precisely that, but today they are referred to as pest control experts and won't solely be willing to help you manage getting rid of rats but also removing wasps, ants, moles, cockroaches, mice and much more.

Kinds of Rat

In Blackburn and throughout the British Isles, there are only two species of rat which you are ever likely to run into. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat:

The brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, sewer rat or common rat) is the most frequently seen rat in Britain and across Europe (also North America). The coloration of this rodent of the family Muridae ranges between brown and grey, it typically grows to about 4 to 9 inches (with an equivalent length of tail) and has a weight of between 140 and 500 grammes. It was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was believed to have spread to the UK by ship from Norway. It's nowadays thought to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and dig a lot, they have poor eyesight but excellent hearing, the females can give birth to five litters every year, they will consume virtually anything (omnivorous) but prefer cereals and grains.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus):

The black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native of the British Isles, originating in Southeast Asia (quite likely India). Almost certainly traveling in shipments of spices at the height of the Roman Empire, the black rat eventually spread throughout Europe. Fairly uncommon nowadays in Britain, this rat was for the most part driven out by the larger brown (common) rat. Growing to a length of five to seven inches, the black rat weighs in at about 75g to 230g. Well known for passing on typhus, bubonic plague, salmonella, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, listeria and Weil's disease, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Checking for Rats: If you've got suspicions that you may have rats in your home or business, there are various ways by which you'll be able to find out. You should look out for tunnels or burrows adjacent to solid objects, hunt for signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, check for gnawing in wood, cables and wires, especially in attics, listen for continual scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, especially at nighttime, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, keep your eyes peeled for droppings, they look like large grains of rice and are darkish brown.

Burrowing: If you have rats living in your garden, the likelihood is there is going to be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and they usually do this near to solid objects or structures such as patios, garages, shed bases and pathways. These are the best spots to check if you think there are rats nearby. Perfect for shelter, a nesting place and food storage, burrows are excavated into substantial networks which can even cause damage if they remain unchecked. The entrances to rat burrows tend to be worn smooth by continuous comings and goings, so keep your eyes open for holes with smooth sides alongside solid surfaces. When you notice holes but aren't positive that they're made by rats, they will commonly be 2" to 4" across. Throw some stuff into the burrow and check back the next day to find out if it has been cleared. This should determine if the rats are still present.

Blackburn pest control: Xpress Pest Control - Blackburn BB3 0AJ, Able Pest 24/7 BB5 5TQ, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Blackburn BB5 6QA, Assured Environmental Services Ltd BB2 3HE.

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