Rat Catchers Derby

Derby Rat Catchers Contractors (DE1): Finding rats in your garden or even inside your home could be rather a frightening experience to go through and while it isn't so frequent an occurrence in Derby nowadays, it's definitely not unheard of. Rats breed quickly and can cause issues, especially when their numbers spiral out of hand. A single sighting of a solitary rat won't be much of a concern, but if you are observing them frequently it's best to take action.

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Despite the fact that neither of the 2 varieties of rat currently living in the United Kingdom originate from these islands, they have unquestionably thrived since they arrived here. The brown rat is especially widespread whilst the black rat is not so much so these days. Both types originated in Asia and made their way to Great Britain on boats (as stowaways).

The brown rat is bigger than the black rat (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh up to half a kilogram, with a length of approximately 9 inches. To prevent their teeth from getting too long, brown rats have to keep gnawing at things, and that's why they are the cause of so much damage and destruction. Their gnawing is often concentrated on stuff made out of wood.

An infestation of rats lead to all sorts of problems for home or business owners in and around Derby, they'll leave behind droppings, transmit disease, gnaw their way through pipes, wires, woodwork and insulation, and build nests. Householders must always report any sightings of rats to the local authority. You may also report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov website online HERE.

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You'll on occasion become aware of the existence of rats not in fact by seeing them, but by their indicating their existence by other means. Its possible you could come across rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards, you might hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you could find droppings in cupboards or on floors or you might stumble upon a rat's nest in some out of the way location.

If you don't want to wait for the local authorities to remedy your rat issues it's also possible to contact a local Derby pest controller or rat catcher who will be qualified in the art of pest removal. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be precisely that, but at present they are known as pest controllers and won't only be able to help you manage getting rid of rats but also moles, wasps, mice, ants, cockroaches and much more.

Signs of Rat Infestations

There are various ways that you can tell when you have rats. If you've got an idea that there might be rats in your business or property you can keep your eyes peeled for faeces, they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, listen out for scratching noises emanating from walls and lofts, particularly at nighttime, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, particularly in attics, search for signs of tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, look out for tunnels or burrows near to solid surfaces, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards.


One thing that rats love to do is burrow and dig, and their favoured place to dig is close to solid structures and objects such as shed bases, garages, terraces and paths. These are not often just simple holes in the ground, but substantial systems of burrows, built to use as shelter, nesting and food storage. The access points to rat burrows are usually worn smooth by the continual comings and goings, so keep your eyes open for holes with smooth sides close to solid surfaces. The burrow entrances are normally around 2" to 4" across. Toss some stuff into the hole and check the next day to find out if it has been moved. This would tell you if the rats are still in situ.

Reporting Rats and Pests

I will go into more detail here, even though this subject was outlined previously. The local council is the place to report it should you see rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public space. Sometimes councils provide a cost-free service for sorting out rats but charges are usually made for most pests for example cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. You can check out the Government (.gov) website HERE to report rats. To get the issue sorted promptly schedule a rat catcher HERE.

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