Rat Catchers Hastings

Hastings Rat Catchers Contractors (TN34): Even though it isn't so commonplace at present, finding a rat in your garden or property in Hastings isn't a nice thing to experience. A single rat sighting may not be too much of a cause for concern, nonetheless, if you spot rats more often or spot more than one rat you could potentially be in for trouble since they reproduce so fast.

Rat Catchers Hastings TN34

There are actually two kinds of rat that you might encounter in Hastings, black rats and brown (common) rats. Its quite improbable that you will ever come across black rats, and if you've encountered a rat just recently it's likely to have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are quite rare now, but where they are seen they have good hearing, are terrific climbers, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring in just one year.

The largest and heaviest of the two rat breeds is the brown rat at around nine inches, while the black rat only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. Brown rats cause damage as they need to constantly gnaw at stuff to prevent their teeth from growing too long. Timber is particularly more prone to this interest.

Rats leave behind droppings, transmit disease, gnaw through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, and are generally problematic in homes and business premises throughout Hastings. Householders ought to report any sightings of rats to their local authority. Or even report incidences of rats and pests on the .gov website HERE, that will be forwarded to the relevant local authority.

Pest Control in Hastings

You don't always have to observe rats to confirm their existence, since there are a range of signs that will warn you of their activity. It could be that you may detect droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you could come across distinctive rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirtings or you could uncover a rat's nest in some tucked away location.

In order to have this situation tackled properly it is advisable to get a specialist. You could speak to the local authorities or get hold of an expert Hastings pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. These days rat catchers normally come under the umbrella category of pest control, and pest elimination experts do not only remove rats but also bedbugs, fleas, moles, cockroaches, mice, wasps and all sorts of garden and household pests. (Tags: Rat Catcher Hastings, Pest Control Hastings )

Problems With Moles

Rat catchers in Hastings are occasionally also contacted to help with another issue, namely moles. Moles may cause problems in different ways to rats and aren't anywhere near so disliked. It is out in the garden where you may have issues with moles, and lawns specifically are at risk of damage. Beautifully clipped lawns spoiled by unsightly mounds of newly dug earth are a sure sign of moles. Moles can be captured in traps and then released elsewhere, if you favour a humane strategy.

Species of Rat

In Hastings, East Sussex or anywhere in the United Kingdom, there are only two sorts of rat that you're going to come across. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or street rat) is the most frequently found rat in the British Isles and across Continental Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can often be grey) is typically 4-9" long (excluding the tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500g. It invariably lives wherever humans live. It was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) because it was presumed to have arrived in Great Britain by ships from Norway. It is now understood to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats burrow extensively and climb effectively, they have poor eyesight but good hearing, the female rats can produce up to 5 litters per year, they will eat virtually any foodstuffs (omnivorous) but have a preference for cereal grains.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not native to Britain, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat originally came to Europe from Southeast Asia (India). Understood to have been spread when the Roman Empire reigned supreme, this rat quite possibly reached Europe and the British Isles in shipments of spice. Once common in the United Kingdom, the black rat largely disappeared as the brown rat became dominant. The black rat grows to a length of 5-7 inches and weighs about 75-230 grammes. Well known for causing diseases black rats can be to blame for trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, listeria, typhus, Weil's disease and bubonic plague.

Signs of Rats

If you've got an inkling you may have rats in your business or home, there are several ways by which you can tell. You can watch out for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, keep your eyes open for droppings (faeces), they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown, pay attention to gnawing in cables, wires and wood, especially in lofts, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows close to solid surfaces, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, listen closely for continual scratching noises emanating from roofs and walls, especially at night.


Burrowing and digging is a thing that all rats really love to do and it's near to solid structures and objects like paths, garden shed bases, patios and garage foundations where they mainly like to dig. Providing food storage, shelter and a nesting place, rat burrows are dug into substantial networks which can even cause damage if something isn't done. The entrances to rat burrows are generally worn smooth by endless motion, so watch out for smooth sided holes next to solid surfaces. Should you spot holes but aren't sure if they're made by rats, they'll normally be 2" to 4" across. It's possible to find out if rats are about by temporarily blocking up the burrow entrance to find out if they return and clear it.

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