Rat Catchers Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Rat Catchers Contractors (CH65): While it's not such a frequent problem nowadays in Ellesmere Port, home owners still have troubles with rats every now and then. Seeing rats in your garden or inside your home is not a nice experience, and could be enough to give some people the shivers. Lone rats shouldn't create much of a problem, but of course rats reproduce rapidly and will begin to cause problems as soon as their numbers rise.

Rat Catchers Ellesmere Port CH65

There are two kinds of rat which you may run into in Ellesmere Port, common (brown) rats and black rats. It's pretty unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you've seen a rat just recently it is likely to have been one of the more commonplace brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're relatively rare nowadays, though when they are seen they're amazing climbers, have good hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring each year.

The black rat at 5-7 inches long, is a bit smaller than the common brown rat, which grows to lengths of up to about nine inches and weighs in at around half a kilo. Brown rats may cause damage as they must continually gnaw at things to prevent their teeth from getting too long. Their interest is oftentimes concentrated on items that is made out of timber.

An infestation of rats can cause a variety of problems for business owners and householders throughout Ellesmere Port, they'll gnaw their way through woodwork, insulation, wires and pipes, leave behind droppings, transmit disease, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Property holders need to report sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. Or click HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov web page.

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You'll sometimes be alerted to the presence of rats not in fact by seeing them, but by their indicating their existence by other means. Perhaps you could find a rat's nest in some concealed location, you may spot rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings, you might hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft or you might notice droppings in cupboards or on the floor.

If you're going to have this issue tackled effectively you will need to bring in a specialist. You could contact the local authority or bring in a professional Ellesmere Port pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. Way back in the past, rat catchers were exactly that, but presently they tend to be called pest controllers and will not just be capable of helping you manage getting rid of rats but also eliminating ants, mice, moles, cockroaches, wasps and much more.

Kinds of Rat

In Ellesmere Port, Cheshire or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, there are just two kinds of rat that you're likely to come across. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or common rat) is the most commonly found rat in Great Britain and throughout Continental Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rodent grows to lengths of 4-9 inches (plus the tail) and weights 140 to 500g. This species was given its name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) since it was assumed to have spread to the United Kingdom by ships from Norway. It is now understood to have originated in Central Asia/China. Brown rats dig a lot and climb well, they have poor eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats can give birth to five litters a year, they will feed on pretty much anything (they are omniverous) but prefer grains and cereals.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Originating from India the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the United Kingdom or Europe. It is regarded as having spread through Europe in Roman times, quite possibly traveling in shipments of spices. Once prevalent in the UK, the black rat largely disappeared when the brown rat appeared. The black rat reaches lengths of 5" to 7" and usually weighs 75-230g. Well known for causing salmonella, listeria, bubonic plague, Weil's disease, trichinosis, typhus and toxoplasmosis, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rats - How to Spot Them

If you've got a notion you could have rats in your business or property, there are a few means by which you can tell. You can check for gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in lofts, keep your eyes open for rat droppings, they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown, listen for scratching noises emanating from walls and roofs, especially at night, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows near to solid surfaces, try to find signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, watch for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks.


Burrowing is one thing that rats love to do and it is near to solid structures and objects such as garden shed bases, pathways, terraces and garage foundations where they particularly like to dig. They excavate extensive systems of burrows that are useful for a nesting place, shelter and food storage. A guaranteed indication of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides near to a solid structure, where the movement of hairy creatures have polished the burrow entrance. Usually around two to four inches in diameter, burrow entrances are not difficult to identify. Throw some debris into the burrow entrance and look the next day to determine if it's been moved. This would tell you if rats are still present.

Rat Sightings - Reporting

Let's go into it a bit more here, even though this topic was talked about earlier. If you witness rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space it is definitely sensible to inform the Environmental Health. Certain local councils will solve problems with rats cost-free, however if you have other pests such as bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches they will generally charge. Also, it is actually possible to report rats using the Government (.gov) webpage which you will find HERE. Click HERE to organize your own rat catcher and get the problem resolved fast.

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