Rat Catchers Chatham

Chatham Rat Catchers Contractors (ME4): Seeing rats in your garden or even inside your property can be quite a shocking experience to go through although it isn't such a regular occurrence in Chatham in recent times, it is certainly something that does happen. Rats tend to breed quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when there are a lot of them. A single sighting of a solitary rat might not be all that much of a problem, but if you happen to be observing them on a regular basis you need to find a solution.

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There are 2 species of rat that you may spot in Chatham, black rats and brown (or common) rats. It is relatively improbable that you'll ever come across black rats, and if you have seen a rat recently it is likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were at one time common and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're pretty scarce nowadays, although where they do occur they're amazing climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats every twelve months.

The black rat at 5" to 7" long, isn't as big as the brown variety, which grows to a length of up to about nine inches and weighs about half a kilogram. To wear down their continually growing incisors, common brown rats have to keep gnawing at stuff, and that's why they're the cause of so much damage and destruction. Timber is particularly more prone to their interest.

An infestation of rats may cause a lot of issues for business and home owners in and around Chatham, they spread disease, leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through insulation, pipes, woodwork and wires, and contaminate foodstuffs. Any repeated incidences of rats should be reported to the local authorities. Or alternatively post a report recording pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, to be passed onto the relevant local authority.

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You'll on occasion notice the existence of rats not in fact by observing them, but by their announcing their activity in other ways. Perhaps you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you might observe holes chewed into skirting boards or floorboards, you might find droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces or you could come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere.

To manage this issue there are two or three routes you could consider. You could lay out traps or poison yourself, you can get hold of your local Chatham environmental health department or you can look for a rat catcher. In centuries past, rat catchers were exactly that, but at present they're usually labeled pest control experts and won't just be capable of helping you manage getting rid of rats but also moles, mice, wasps, ants, cockroaches and much more.

Rat Poisons

One way to solve an infestation of rats is to use poison. Rats die just a few days after eating a poisoned bait, commonly wholewheat grain. The location of the poison bait is vital and will likely be responsible for the success or failure of this approach. Generally bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum are the poisons used. You need to be very careful to keep this away from dogs, cats and other pets. Well known brands of rat poison available in the UK include: Rentokil, RatKil, Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens, Roshield and Propest.

Spotting Rats

There are numerous ways by which you can find out if you've got rats. If you have an inkling that there may be rats in your property or business you should hunt for tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from walls and attics, particularly at night, watch out for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, look out for tunnels or burrows near to solid surfaces, check for gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, especially in attics, keep your eyes open for rat droppings, they look similar to large grains of rice and are darkish brown.


Digging and burrowing is a thing that all rats really love to do and its adjacent to solid objects or structures such as paths, garage foundations, garden shed bases and patios that they mainly like to dig. Providing them with food storage, shelter and nesting places, burrows are dug into extensive networks which could even cause damage if allowed to continue. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a smooth sided hole close to a solid surface, where the comings and goings of furry bodies have polished and rubbed the entrance hole. Typically two to four inches in diameter, entrances to burrows are not hard to spot. It's possible to find out if rats are about by partially filling up the burrow entrance to find out whether they come back and clear it away.

Obviously rat infestations aren't only found in Chatham itself, they could crop up in Gillingham, Wainscott, Luton, Hempstead, Rainham Mark, Brompton, Burham, Upnor, Rochester, Borstal, Hale, Medway City Estate, St Marys Island, Wigmore, Walderslade, Capstone, Lower Upnor and various other places close by.

Chatham pest control: Sabre Kent Ltd ME5 8TL, Able Pest 24/7 SS17 0PQ, Xpress Pest Control - Chatham ME2 3TF, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Chatham ME1 3TP.

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