Rat Catchers Cottingham

Cottingham Rat Catchers Contractors (HU16): Although it isn't really a common problem in Cottingham nowadays, householders do have issues with rats occasionally. Spotting a rat in your garden or inside your house is not a nice experience, and will be enough to cause some householders the shakes. Single rats should not cause very much of an issue, however rats tend to breed quickly and can begin to cause problems as soon as they grow in numbers.

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If you do spot rats in Cottingham, the probability is that they'll be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), though there are actually 2 types of rat at present found in Great Britain; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may be aware ship rats were responsible for the Great Plague of the 17th Century and at that time they were quite common. Black rats are quite rare now but in fact neither species is native to the United Kingdom, both coming from Asia.

The black rat at 5-7" long, is a little smaller than the brown rat, which attains a length of up to about 9 inches and weighs in at around half a kilogram. To wear down their constantly growing incisor teetn, brown rats need to keep chewing things, which explains why they cause such a lot of damage. Their interest is oftentimes focused on things made of wood.

An infestation of rats will cause all sorts of problems for home owners and businesses in and around Cottingham, they leave behind droppings, spread diseases, gnaw through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, and build nests. Homeowners need to report incidences of rats to the relevant local authority. Or even post a report recording pest and rat problems on the .gov website HERE, to be forwarded to the relevant local authorities.

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You don't need to actually see rats to confirm that they are there, due to the fact that there are several revealing signs which can betray their activity. Perhaps you could come across a rat's nest in some hidden location, you might come across holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards, you may discover droppings on floors or in cupboards or you could hear scratching noises coming from a loft, floor or wall.

Unless you want to wait for the local environmental health authority to control this rat infestation you could call in local Cottingham rat catcher or pest controller who will be qualified in the area of pest removal. There are no longer a lot of people these days who just specialize in rat catching, you're also able to call them if you've got a problem with a wasps nest in your attic or maybe moles causing damage to your lawn.

Rat Poison

One somewhat unpleasant way to cure a rat problem is to lay down poison. This is typically achieved by setting a poisoned bait, that's subsequently ingested by the rat leading to its death a few days later. When set in the appropriate position in an area where rats have been seen, the poison can pretty rapidly deal with a large population of rats. Toxic compounds which are employed in rat poisons include: brodifacoum, difenacoum or bromadioline. Dogs and cats can also be killed by coming into contact with such rat poisons, so be careful. Brands of rat poison made in Cottingham include: RatKil, Roshield, Propest, Pest Expert, Rentokil and Elixir Gardens. (Tags: Rat Poison Cottingham, Rat Poisons Cottingham)

Problems With Moles

Some Cottingham rat catchers will also help with moles (the furry kind!). Causing totally different issues to rats, moles are not quite so despised. The main problem with moles is they cause a fair amount of damage to your garden, and in particular to your lawn. Perfectly manicured lawns ruined by ugly piles of freshly dug earth are a sure sign of moles. Moles are often caught in traps and then rereleased someplace else, if you favour a humane solution.

Kinds of Rat

There are only two species of rat which it's possible to encounter in Cottingham or in fact any place else in the UK. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (sewer rat, street rat, common rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most frequently found rat in the British Isles and throughout Continental Europe (also North America). The colour of this rat ranges between brown and grey, it typically grows to approximately 4" to 9" (with a similar length tail) and has a weight range of between 140 and 500g. Nowadays known to have originated in Central Asia (probably China), the brown rat was at one time assumed to have come from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats dig extensive burrows and climb effectively, they have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats can give birth to 5 litters every year, they'll eat more or less anything (omnivorous) but have a preference for cereals and grains.

The Black Rat

Also not a native species of the British Isles, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat first came to Europe from Southeast Asia (probably India). It's regarded as having spread throughout Europe in Roman times, quite possibly hidden in cargoes of spice. At one time prevalent in the UK, this rat disappeared as the brown rat appeared. Reaching lengths of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs in at around 75-230 grammes. Renowned for causing diseases black rats can be responsible for typhus, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, salmonella, bubonic plague and listeria.

Have You Got Rats?

There are numerous ways that you can tell when you have rats. If you have your suspicions that there could be rats in your business or property you can look out for burrows or tunnels alongside solid objects, listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and rooves, particularly at nighttime, watch for rub marks on walls and skirtings where greasy fur has left marks, check for gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, especially in attics, search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they look like large grains of rice and are darkish brown.


One thing that rats love to do is dig burrows, and their favourite place to do it is at the side of solid objects or structures like terraces, paths, shed bases and garage foundations. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but rather extensive networks of burrows, intended to provide nesting, food storage and shelter. Keep your eyes peeled for holes having smooth edges, which have been rubbed by the continuous coming and going of these busy little critters. The entrances to burrows are commonly around 2-4 inches in diameter. It's possible to find out if rats are living there by temporarily blocking the entrance hole to ascertain if they return and clear it away.

Cottingham pest control: ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Cottingham HU6 0AH, ERG Wasp Control Cottingham HU8 9DJ, Pestforce HU7 3DE, Active Pest Control HU3 5AB.

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