Rat Catchers Exmouth

Exmouth Rat Catchers Contractors (EX8): While its not really a common problem in Exmouth nowadays, householders do have troubles with rats on occasion. Discovering a rat in your home or garden is not a nice experience, and is sufficient to cause some people nightmares. Lone rats aren't likely to cause very much of an issue, but of course rats tend to breed quickly and can begin to cause problems as soon as their numbers rise.

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While neither of the 2 kinds of rat currently seen in the British Isles are native to these shores, they've definitely become well established. The brown rat is especially common while the black (ship) rat just isn't so much nowadays. Both types fled from Asia and made their way to Great Britain as stowaways on boats.

Brown rats are larger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh up to 500g, with a length of roughly nine inches. To wear down their continuously growing teeth, brown rats must keep gnawing at stuff, which is the reason they cause so much damage and destruction. Their interest is commonly focused on things made out of timber.

Rat infestations will cause a number of problems for home or business owners throughout Exmouth, they'll gnaw their way through insulation, wires, pipes and woodwork, transmit diseases, leave behind droppings, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Homeowners need to report sightings of rats to the relevant local authorities. Or alternatively head HERE to report sightings of rats and other pest problems on the .gov website.

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It isn't only by appearance that you'll become aware of the existence of rats, their habits are sometimes enough to give warning. Perhaps you might notice droppings in cupboards or on floors, you might stumble upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you could spot rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirtings or you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft.

To remedy this issue there are various strategies that you might consider. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you could get in touch with the local Exmouth authorities or you can look for a pest removal specialist. In the old days, rat catchers used to be exactly that, but nowadays they tend to be known as pest control experts and won't only be capable of helping you tackle getting rid of rats but also eliminating mice, ants, moles, wasps, cockroaches and many more.

Rat Prevention Exmouth

Dissuading rats even before they appear is certainly the most effective way to avoid having problems with them. Therefore, even if you do not presently have a problem with rats, rat prevention must be on top of your priority list. Amongst the major reasons behind rat and mouse infestations is domestic household waste littering gardens. Giving both the materials and location to build a nest will do little but attract them. In addition, refrain from supplying them with easy foodstuffs by leaving scraps of food in your garden and putting bird seed feeders out with grain that's only likely to attract rats and mice.

Rat Poisons

One way to resolve an infestation of rats is to use poison. This is achieved by setting a bait laced with poison, that is then ingested by the rat resulting in death within a few days. The location of the rat poison is crucial and will lead to the failure or success of this procedure. Lethal ingredients that are used in making rat poison includes: brodifacoum, bromadioline or difenacoum. Pets might also be harmed as a result of rat poisons, so be cautious. Well known brands of rat poison made in the British Isles include: Propest, Roshield, RatKil, Rentokil, Elixir Gardens and Pest Expert. (Tags: Rat Poison Exmouth, Rat Poisons Exmouth)

Types of Rat

In Exmouth, Devon or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, there's only two sorts of rat that you are ever likely to encounter. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or sewer rat) is the most frequently seen rat in Britain and across Continental Europe (also North America). The colouring of this rat ranges between brown and grey, it generally grows to around four to nine inches (and an equivalent length tail) and has a weight range of between 140 and 500g. Whilst once considered to have spread from Norway, it is now understood to have initially come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and dig extensive burrows, they have poor eyesight but good hearing, the female rats can produce up to 5 litters every year, they consume more or less any foodstuffs (omnivorous) but favour grain cereals.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Also not native to Great Britain, the black rat, roof rat or ship rat initially came to Europe from Southeast Asia. Believed to have been spread in Roman times, this rat most likely reached Europe and Britain hidden in cargoes of spices. Fairly rare nowadays in the United Kingdom, the black rat was largely ousted by the more dominant brown (common) rat. Reaching lengths of five to seven inches, this rat weighs about 75g to 230g. Black rats are known to spread a number of diseases, especially Weil's disease, salmonella, bubonic plague, listeria, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis and typhus.

Signs of Rat Infestations

There are plenty of ways by which you can tell if you have rats. When you've got an inkling that there may be rats in your home or business you can try to find tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, keep an eye out for faeces (droppings), they're dark brown and look similar to large grains of rice, be on the lookout for holes or burrows next to solid surfaces, check for gnawing in wires, wood and cables, especially in lofts, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, listen closely for constant scratching noises coming from rooves and walls, in particular at nighttime.


Digging is something that all rats really love to do and its next to solid structures and objects such as garden shed bases, patios, walkways and garages where they predominantly prefer to dig. These are often not straightforward holes in the ground, but substantial networks of burrows, made to use as nesting, food storage and shelter. A sure indication of a rat burrow is usually a smooth sided hole by the side of a solid structure, where the movement of hairy animals have polished the entrance. If you discover holes but are not certain if they are made by rats, they will typically be approximately 2-4 inches across. Chuck some debris into the burrow and check the following day to find out whether it has been cleared. This would show you if the rats are still living there.

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