Rat Catchers Dumfries

Dumfries Rat Catchers Contractors (DG1): Whilst its not that common these days, noticing a rat in your home or garden in Dumfries isn't a great experience. Just one rat sighting may not be that much of a problem, however, if you witness rats more frequently or notice several rats you may be heading for trouble because they tend to reproduce so fast.

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There are two species of rat that you might spot in Dumfries, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its fairly unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you've spotted a rat recently it's likely to have been one of the more commonplace brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague, they're fairly scarce nowadays, though when they are found they are excellent climbers, have good hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred baby rats every twelve months.

The black rat at 5 to 7 inches, isn't as large as the brown rat, which attains lengths of almost nine inches and weighs about half a kilo. Much of the destruction caused by brown rats is because to keep their incisor teeth from getting too much, they must continuously gnaw things. They particularly choose to gnaw on woodwork.

Rats may cause numerous problems in businesses and homes throughout Dumfries and they gnaw their way through wires, insulation, woodwork and pipes, leave droppings, transmit disease, and generally cause a nuisance. Householders must always report any sightings of rats to their local authority. Or otherwise post a report to record pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which is passed onto your local authorities.

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You will oftentimes be alerted to the presence of rats not actually by seeing them, but by them indicating their presence by other means. Perhaps you might hear scratching coming from a loft, wall or floor, you might come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you might detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards or you may spot distinctive rat holes gnawed in skirtings or floorboards.

To take care of this situation there are a few strategies that you could take. You could put down traps or poison yourself, you could speak to your local Dumfries environmental health or you could retain the services of a rat catcher. There are no longer a lot of folks these days who only specialize in rat catching, so you can also give them a call if you have moles causing damage or even a wasp nest in your loft space. (Tags: Rat Catchers Dumfries, Pest Control Dumfries )

Rat Prevention

Dissuading rats and mice before they even appear is actually the best way to avoid having problems with them. Consequently, even though you don't actually have a problem with rats, deterring rats and mice should be on top of your list of priorities. Domestic rubbish cluttering up the garden is one of the primary reasons behind rat and mouse infestations. Providing them with both the materials and location to build nests will only attract them. When there is also plenty of food on offer those rats imagine they are in heaven, so keep in mind that bird feeders attract rats, especially when they are prone to spillages, and domestic food scraps shouldn't be accessible.

Rat Poisons

Using poison is perhaps one of the more nasty methods by which to eliminate rats. A rat dies just a few days after consuming a poisoned bait, generally wholewheat grain. A significant gathering of rats can be eliminated with this process as long as the bait is positioned accurately. Commonly difenacoum, brodifacoum or bromadioline are the poisons used. Pets and birds can also be harmed as a result of rat poisons, so be careful. Brands of rat poison made in the UK include: RatKil, Elixir Gardens, Roshield, Rentokil, Propest and Pest Expert.

Kinds of Rat

You'll only ever encounter 2 sorts of rat in Dumfries, Scotland and anywhere in the United Kingdom. They are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or sewer rat) is the most frequently seen rat in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can often be grey in colour) is ordinarily 4 to 9 inches long (without the tail) and weighs 140-500g. It usually lives wherever people live. Although at one time thought to have originated in Norway (hence its name), it's now known to have initially come from China. Brown rats dig extensively and climb effectively, they have poor eyesight but good hearing, the females can produce up to 5 litters a year, they consume just about any foodstuffs (they are omnivores) but prefer cereal grains.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Also not native to the United Kingdom, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat originally came to Europe from India and Southeast Asia. Thought to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat most likely reached Europe and the UK inside cargoes of spices. The black rat was once prevalent in the British Isles however was largely ousted by the more dominant brown rat and is now fairly rare. Reaching lengths of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs just 75-230 grammes. Notorious for spreading disease black rats are often to blame for listeria, typhus, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, salmonella and Weil's disease.

Checking for Rats

When you've got suspicions that you could have rats in your business or home, there are a variety of means by which you'll be able to find out. You could hunt for tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, keep your eyes open for faeces, they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, look out for tunnels or burrows next to solid objects, check for gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, especially in lofts, listen closely for constant scratching noises emanating from lofts and walls, in particular at night, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirting boards and walls.


When you have rats appearing in the garden, the likelihood is that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to burrow and dig and they usually excavate them near to solid objects or structures like walkways, garage foundations, terraces and shed bases. These are the spots to check out if you believe you have rats nesting there. Rats excavate extensive burrow networks that provide them with food storage, shelter and a nesting place. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides near to a solid structure, where the ins and outs of hairy creatures have polished the burrow entrance. The entrances to rat burrows are typically around 2-4 inches across. An effective way to ascertain if rats still live in that specific burrow is to throw a bit of debris into the entrance and find out if it's been removed the following day.

Reporting Rats

We touched on this previously, so here let's go into it a bit more. If you notice rats in a public space, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden its best to report it to the local environmental health. Some your local council will provide a free service for rat problems but charges are normally made for many other pest infestations such as wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. Also, it is actually possible to report sightings of rats through the Government (.gov) webpage which you can find HERE. To get the problem taken care of speedily book a rat catcher HERE.

Of course rats are not only found in Dumfries, they might also crop up in Parkgate, Lockerbie, Torthorwald, Thornhill, Lochfoot, Collin, Auldgirth, Holywood, Lochmaben, Locharbriggs, Carrutherstown, Terregles, Dunscore, Crocketford, Irongay, Heathhall, Cargenbridge and other areas in Scotland and close by.

Dumfries pest control: ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Dumfries DG11 1QN, Able Pest 24/7 DG2 9SN, Xpress Pest Control - Dumfries DG11 1RX, Allout Pest Control DG2 8DH.

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