Rat Catchers Halesowen

Halesowen Rat Catchers Contractors (B63): Noticing a rat in your house or garden could be quite an unsettling thing to experience although it isn't such a common occurrence in Halesowen in recent times, it is certainly something that does happen. Rats breed very quickly and will likely cause issues, particularly when their numbers spiral out of control. An individual sighting of a lone rat might not be that much of an issue, however if you are seeing them frequently you must do something about it.

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There are actually two species of rat which you might come across in Halesowen, brown (or common) rats and black rats. It's pretty improbable that you will ever see black rats, and if you've seen a rat just recently it's likely to have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're relatively rare now, but where they do exist they've got good hearing, are superb climbers, and can give birth to between twenty and one hundred offspring every twelve months.

The black rat at 5-7 inches, isn't as big as the common brown rat, which grows to a length of up to about 9" and weighs in at close to 500g. Much of the damage and destruction attributable to brown rats is due to the fact that to prevent their teeth from getting too long, they've got to continuously chew on things. Their interest is frequently targeting stuff made from timber.

Rats transmit disease, gnaw their way through insulation, wires, woodwork and pipes, leave droppings, and generally cause problems in homes and businesses in Halesowen. The local authorities ought to be advised whenever rats are seen. Or even head HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You do not have to physically witness rats to confirm that they're there, since there are a range of signs which can warn you of their presence. It could be that you may find droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you might find a rat's nest hidden away, you may come across holes gnawed into skirtings or floorboards or you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, floor or loft.

Unless you wish to wait around for environmental health to manage your rat issues you may also speak to a local Halesowen rat catcher or pest controller who'll be a specialist in the art of pest removal. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be just that, however currently they are called pest control experts and won't solely be happy to help with getting rid of rats but also solving problems with cockroaches, mice, moles, wasps, ants and more. (Tags: Pest Control Halesowen, Rat Catchers Halesowen )

Rat Poisons

A rather distasteful way of removing rat infestations is by using poison. Grains of wheat are laced with a poisonous substance and left for the rats to ingest, it only takes a few days for them to die. When it is placed in the appropriate location within an area where rats have been observed, poison can fairly rapidly deal with a large number of rats. Commonly bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum are the poisons used. Be very careful to keep this away from dogs, cats and other pets. Well known brands of rat poison in the British Isles include the likes of: RatKil, Propest, Roshield, Elixir Gardens, Rentokil and Pest Expert.

Halesowen Mole Catching

Rat catchers in Halesowen are occasionally brought in to help remedy another issue, ie moles. Certainly not such despised animals, moles cause totally different problems to rats. The primary problem with moles is that they'll do damage to your garden, especially to your lawn. Neatly clipped lawns spoiled by ugly heaps of newly dug soil are sure signs of activity by moles. Moles can be caught in traps and then re-released somewhere else, if you favour a more humane method. (Tags: Molecatchers Halesowen, Mole Trapping Halesowen)

Do You Have Rats?

There are several ways by which you can tell when you've got rats. When you've got your suspicions that there could be rats in your property or business you could watch out for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, look out for tunnels or burrows near to solid objects, listen closely for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and roofs, in particular at night, pay attention to gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in attics, search for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, keep your eyes peeled for droppings, they're darkish brown and look like large grains of rice.


If you've got rats appearing in your garden, the probability is there's going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to burrow and dig and they usually excavate them next to and under solid objects or structures such as patios, garden shed bases, walkways and garage foundations. These are the places to check if you think you have rats nesting there. Rats build substantial burrow networks which provide them with nesting, food storage and shelter. The access points to burrows are often worn smooth by the continual ins and outs, so keep your eyes open for smooth sided holes next to and beneath solid surfaces. The entrance holes to rat burrows are usually 2-4 inches in diameter. A great way to discover if rats are nesting in that specific burrow is to toss some rubbish into the burrow and find out if it's been removed the next day.

Reporting Rat Sightings

Let's go into it a bit more now, although this subject was discussed earlier. It is always sensible to inform the Environmental Health if you discover rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public area. Occasionally councils offer a cost-free service for rat problems but charges are usually made for most infestations such as cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. Rat sightings can also be reported by visiting the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. To get the problem sorted out quickly book a rat catcher HERE.

Halesowen pest control: Xpress Pest Control - Halesowen B45 9SX, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Halesowen B62 8EG, Halesowen Pest Control - Discreet Local Pest Services B68 0PR, ERG Wasp Control Halesowen B90 2HD.

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