Rat Catchers Durham

Durham Rat Catchers Contractors (DH1): Whilst it isn't that commonplace at present, seeing a rat in your garden or home in Durham isn't really a nice experience to go through. One single rat sighting should not be too much of a cause for concern, nevertheless, if you witness rats more regularly or notice several rats you could be heading for trouble as they tend to reproduce so rapidly.

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There are 2 types of rat that you may come across in Durham, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its fairly unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you have seen a rat fairly recently chances are it will have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly scarce now, though when they are found they've got an acute sense of hearing, are exceptional climbers, and can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring in a single year.

Brown rats are bigger than black rats weighing in at half a kilo and reaching a length of approximately 9 inches. Brown rats can cause damage because they've got to constantly gnaw at stuff to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Items made of timber are particularly more prone to their interest.

An infestation of rats may cause a number of issues for home owners and businesses throughout Durham, they will gnaw through wires, pipes, woodwork and insulation, spread disease, leave droppings, and contaminate foodstuffs. Homeowners must report incidences of rats to the relevant local authority. Additionally you can report rat and pest sightings on the .gov website HERE.

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You may not have to actually observe rats to confirm their existence, because there are a number of signs which can alert you to their activity. Perhaps you could discover droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you could come upon a rat's nest in some hidden location, you may come across holes gnawed into floorboards or skirtings or you might hear scratching noises coming from a loft, wall or floor.

In order to have this problem managed correctly you must speak to an expert. You can either inform the local authority or call in an expert Durham rat catcher or pest controller yourself. There are not that many folks these days who just specialize in rat problems, you can also contact them if you have a wasp nest in your loft or even moles causing damage to your lawn. (Tags: Pest Control Durham, Ratcatchers Durham )

Rats - Telltale Signs

There are various ways by which you can find out if you have rats. If you've got suspicions that there may be rats in your home or business you can search for signs of tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, be on the lookout for burrows or holes adjacent to solid objects, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, especially in lofts, listen for scratching noises emanating from walls and roofs, in particular at nighttime, watch out for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, keep your eyes peeled for droppings, they look just like large grains of rice and are darkish brown.


Burrowing is something that all rats love to do and it is close to solid objects or structures such as garden shed bases, terraces, walkways and garages where they mainly like to dig. These are not often just simple holes, but rather substantial networks of burrows, built to provide a nesting place, food storage and shelter. A guaranteed indication of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides next to a solid structure, where the motion of hairy critters have polished and rubbed the entrance hole. Should you discover holes but are not positive that they are made by rats, they will commonly be approximately two to four inches in diameter. A good way to determine if rats are still living in that specific burrow is to chuck a bit of debris into the burrow and find out if it's been cleared the next day.

Reporting Rats

Here's a bit more detail on a topic that we discussed before. It is always sensible to report it to the local council if you witness rats in your own garden, in a public area or in a neighbours garden. Occasionally local councils will take care of rats free of charge, however when you have other pests like cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs they'll normally require payment. Also, it is easy to report rats using the Government (.gov) webpage which you'll find HERE. Click HERE to book your local rat catcher and get the problem tackled straight away.

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