Rat Catchers Broadstairs

Broadstairs Rat Catchers Contractors (CT10): Though its not really a common occurrence in Broadstairs nowadays, homeowners still have troubles with rats every once in awhile. Seeing rats in your garden or inside your house is not a great experience, and would be enough to cause some property owners the shakes. Lone rats aren't likely to cause that much of a problem, but of course rats tend to reproduce rapidly and will cause issues when they grow in numbers.

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There are actually 2 kinds of rat which you might come across in Broadstairs, common (brown) rats and black rats. It is relatively unlikely that you will ever see black rats, and if you have encountered a rat recently chances are it will have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague, they are quite rare nowadays, though when they are seen they've got good hearing, are amazing climbers, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats every twelve months.

The brown rat is larger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilogram and reaching a length of about 9 inches. To wear down their constantly growing incisors, brown rats must keep gnawing at things, which explains why they cause so much damage and destruction. Their interest is often focused on things made from timber.

Rat infestations cause all kinds of problems for home owners and businesses in and around Broadstairs, they will transmit diseases, gnaw their way through wires, pipes, insulation and woodwork, leave behind droppings, and get up to all sorts of mischief. The local authority really should be advised whenever rats are sighted. It is possible to report rat sightings on the .gov website HERE.

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You may not need to physically see rats to know of their existence, since there are numerous signs that can warn you of their presence. It is possible you may hear noises coming from a loft, wall or floor, you could find a rat's nest in some hidden location, you may spot rat holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards or you may detect droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards.

To remedy this situation there are several routes that you could take. You could set traps or poison yourself, you could contact the local Broadstairs authority or council or you could bring in a pest removal specialist. Long ago, rat catchers were exactly that, however at present they're called pest control experts and will not only be happy to help you with rat problems but also ants, wasps, mice, moles, cockroaches and much more.

Rat Prevention

Discouraging rats before they even appear is actually the easiest way of avoiding such problems. Consequently, deterring rodents should be a thing to keep in mind even when you do not have a rat problem at this time. Domestic trash littered around the garden is among the principal reasons for rat and rodent infestations. You will simply attract them if you supply them with both the location and materials to build nests. If there is also enough food available your rats will be in heaven, so be warned that traditional bird seed feeders often attract rats, especially when they're prone to overflowing, and domestic household food scraps should not be easily accessiblw. (Tags: Rat Prevention Broadstairs, Rat Deterrents Broadstairs)

Rat Traps

Rat Cage One technique that you could use to tackle a rat issue is by the use of rat traps. Rat traps can be developed to actually kill a rat or to compassionately capture a rat for later release. If you're opposed to hurting animals, probably the capture trap will be the perfect solution. Available types of rat traps include: spring loaded bait traps, cage traps, enclosed poison traps and electronic rat traps.

Species of Rat

There are only 2 kinds of rat that you might come across in Broadstairs or anywhere else in Great Britain for that matter. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

The commonest rat seen in Great Britain, and also in Europe and North America, is the brown rat (street rat, common rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). The coloration of this rodent varies between brown and grey, it typically grows to around 4-9" (and a similar length tail) with a weight range of between 140g and 500g. This rodent was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was deemed to have spread to the British Isles by ship from Norway. It is now understood to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats are omniverous (consume any foodstuffs) though their favourite foods are grain cereals, they have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats reach sexual maturity in about five weeks and are able to give birth to five litters every year (up to 14 young in each litter), they burrow a lot and climb well.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat first arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia. Almost certainly traveling in spice shipments at the height of the Roman Empire, the black rat eventually spread through Continental Europe. Pretty rare nowadays in the United Kingdom, the black rat was for the most part ousted by the more dominant brown (common) rat. Weighing just 75-230g, the black rat reaches a length of around 5-7 inches. Renowned for passing on diseases black rats may be accountable for bubonic plague, listeria, salmonella, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, typhus and Weil's disease.

Signs of Rats

When you have suspicions you could have rats in your home or business, there are a variety of ways by which it's possible to find out. You could try to find signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, check for gnaw marks in cables, wires and wood, particularly in attics, keep your eyes peeled for faeces (droppings), they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows close to solid surfaces, listen out for constant scratching noises coming from rooves and walls, especially during the night.


Burrowing and digging is a thing that rats love to do and it is close to solid objects or structures like patios, garages, walkways and garden shed bases that they especially prefer to dig. Rats excavate substantial burrow networks which are useful for shelter, food storage and nesting places. The access points to rat burrows are generally worn smooth by continual motion, so look out for smooth sided holes next to and under solid structures. Commonly approximately two to four inches in diameter, entrances to burrows are fairly easy to spot. An effective way to find out if rats are still living in that particular burrow is to throw some debris into the burrow entrance and see if it's been removed the following day.

Mouse Problems Broadstairs

Mice may be equally as much of a problem as rats, particularly if they get into your house. While a lot smaller, mice still gnaw at things, contaminate foodstuffs, leave droppings and breed rapidly. Much the same techniques are normally employed to resolve mouse infestations in Broadstairs, this means trapping and poisoning are favoured. Broadstairs rat catchers will also assist you with mice infestations, so get in touch with one or check out RATED PEOPLE and get the problem resolved.

Of course rodents aren't just an issue in Broadstairs, you might also find them in Ramsgate, Cliftonville, Woodchurch, St Lawrence, Margate, Monkton, Pegwell Bay, Northdown, Westgate-on-Sea, St Peters, Birchington, Westwood, Minster, Haine, Cliffs End, Manston and additional locations nearby.

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