Rat Catchers Darlington

Darlington Rat Catchers Contractors (DL1): Despite the fact that its not such a common occurrence in Darlington nowadays, householders do still have issues with rats every once in awhile. Seeing rats in your house or garden isn't a good experience, and is sufficient to cause some people the shivers. Single rats are unlikely to create much of a problem, but of course rats reproduce rapidly and may cause issues as they grow in numbers.

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If you do happen to discover rats in Darlington, the probabilities are that they are going to be common brown rats, although there are in fact two kinds of rat currently living in the British Isles; black (or ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you might be aware ship rats were blamed for the Great Plague (17th C) and at that time they were really common. Black rats are quite scarce nowadays and actually neither breed is native to the British Isles, both hailing from from Asia.

The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7" long, isn't as big as the brown variety, which grows to a length of nearly 9" and weighs in at about 500g. Most of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is because to prevent their teeth from growing too long, they've got to continually gnaw on things. Their interest is frequently targeting objects that's made of wood.

Rats spread disease, gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, leave behind droppings, and are generally troublesome in homes and businesses in and around Darlington. Any regular incidences of rats should always be reported to the local authorities. Or even go HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website online.

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You don't have to actually witness rats to confirm that they are there, because there are several signs which can alert you to their activity. It could be that you might hear scratching coming from a loft, wall or floor, you may find droppings in cupboards or on floors, you might come across holes gnawed into skirtings or floorboards or you may come upon a rat's nest in some tucked away location.

If you don't wish to wait for the local council to remedy your problem you can also call in local Darlington rat catcher or pest controller who will be experienced in the area of pest removal. In the world today rat catchers commonly come under the category of pest management, and pest control services not only control rats but also bedbugs, fleas, mice, moles, cockroaches, wasps and many more types of garden and household pests.

Mole Problems

Rat catchers in Darlington are often also contacted to deal with another problem, ie moles. Causing totally different issues than rats, moles are certainly not quite as hated. The main issue with moles is they will cause quite a bit of damage to your garden, and in particular lawns. Nicely maintained lawns ruined by unsightly piles of recently dug earth are a sure sign of moles. Moles can be caught in traps and then released elsewhere, if you prefer the most humane option. (Tags: Molecatchers Darlington, Mole Trapping Darlington)

Species of Rat

You'll only ever come across 2 sorts of rat in Darlington and throughout the British Isles. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (common rat, street rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most frequently seen rat in the United Kingdom and throughout Continental Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can often be grey in colour) is ordinarily four to nine inches in length (without the tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It invariably lives wherever humans are living. Although once considered to have originated in Norway, it is now understood to have come from China. Brown rats have poor eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, they climb effectively and dig burrows, they're omnivores but prefer cereal grains, the female rats will give birth to 5 litters of up to 14 pups per year.

The Black Rat

Originating in India the black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not native to the United Kingdom or Europe. Thought to have spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat quite likely reached Europe and Britain hidden in spice shipments. The black rat was once common in the UK but was basically ousted by the larger brown rat and is now pretty rare. Reaching a length of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs in at just 75-230g. Known to pass on typhus, bubonic plague, salmonella, Weil's disease, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis and listeria, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rats - How to Spot Them

If you've got a notion that you might have rats in your business or home, there are a few means by which it's possible to tell. You should listen out for scratching noises coming from walls and rooves, especially at nighttime, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, keep your eyes open for droppings (faeces), they're dark brown and look similar to large grains of rice, pay attention to gnawing in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, look out for tunnels or burrows adjacent to solid objects.


When you have rats appearing in your garden, the probability is that there'll be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and they generally do this next to and beneath solid objects or structures like walkways, terraces, shed bases and garage foundations. These are the places to look if you think there are rats nearby. Rats excavate extensive burrow networks that provide them with food storage, shelter and nesting places. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is a hole with smooth sides by the side of a solid structure, where the coming and going of furry bodies have polished and rubbed the burrow entrance. Usually about two to four inches across, entrances to burrows are quite easy to identify. Throw some stuff into the burrow and look the following day to ascertain if it's been moved. This will show you if the rats are still living there.

Reporting Rats

We talked about this before, so here I'll go into it a bit more. The local authorities is the place to report it should you see rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public area. Occasionally your local council will offer a free service for rat problems but charges are typically made for most pests for instance bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches. You can visit the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report rat infestations. To have the issue taken care of quickly schedule a rat catcher HERE.

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