Rat Catchers Hitchin

Hitchin Rat Catchers Contractors (SG4): Finding rats in your home or garden could be rather an unsettling thing to go through and whilst it is not such a common occurrence in Hitchin in recent times, it's definitely something that does happen. Rats tend to breed quickly and can cause issues, especially when they are present in numbers. One sighting of a solitary rat might not be all that much of a worry, but if you are seeing them on a regular basis you'll want to do something about it.

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If you happen to notice rats in Hitchin, the chances are that they will be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), though there are actually two species of rats at present found in Great Britain; black (ship) rats and brown (or common) rats. As you could be aware ship rats were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague (17th C) and at that time they were really widespread. Black rats are quite scarce nowadays and in fact neither variety is native to Great Britain, both arriving from Asia.

The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5 to 7" long, isn't as large as the common brown rat, which attains a length of almost nine inches and weighs around 500g. Brown rats can cause problems as they must constantly chew on stuff to stop their teeth from growing too long. Their gnawing is commonly focused on objects made out of wood.

Rats gnaw their way through woodwork, pipes, wires and insulation, leave droppings, spread diseases, and are typically troublesome in homes and business premises throughout Hitchin. The local council needs to be advised whenever rats are observed. Or even report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, that will be passed onto your local authorities.

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You don't necessarily have to witness rats to confirm their existence, since there are a lot of signs which can alert you to their activity. Perhaps you might hear noises coming from a loft, floor or wall, you might discover droppings on floors or in cupboards, you may find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you may encounter rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings.

If you do not want to wait for environmental health to manage your rat problem you could always bring in local Hitchin pest controller or rat catcher who will be knowledgeable in the area of pest removal. Nowadays rat catchers usually come under the category of pest management, and pest control providers don't only deal with rats but additionally moles, wasps, cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, mice and all kinds of household and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Hitchin, Rat Catcher Hitchin )

Rat Prevention

The simplest way to prevent issues with mice and rats is not to attract them from the outset. For this reason, even when you do not actually have a rat problem, deterring rats and rodents must be right at the top of your list of priorities. Domestic waste littered around the garden is one of the major causes of rat and mouse infestations. Supplying both the materials and place to build nests will only attract them. If there's also lots of food on offer these rats imagine they are in paradise, so be warned that many bird feeders often attract rats, in particular when they're prone to spilling over, and domestic food scraps should also not be easily accessiblw. (Tags: Rat Deterrents Hitchin, Rat Prevention Hitchin)

Rats - How to Spot Them

There are a number of ways that you can find out if you have rats. When you've got a notion that there may be rats in your business or home you should be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows next to solid objects, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, keep an eye out for droppings, they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown, listen closely for scratching noises coming from rooves and walls, in particular at nighttime, try to find tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, wood and cables, especially in attics.


Burrowing and digging is one thing that all rats love to do and it is at the side of solid structures and objects such as garden sheds, patios, walkways and garage foundations where they especially like to dig. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but substantial systems of burrows, made to use as nesting, food storage and shelter. The entrances to rat burrows are normally worn smooth by the constant ins and outs, so look out for smooth sided holes next to and under solid surfaces. The entrances to rat burrows are generally about 2" to 4" across. Chuck some debris into the burrow entrance and check back the next day to find out whether it has been moved. This would determine if rats are still in there.

Of course rat infestations are not only an issue in Hitchin, you may also find them in Walsworth, Ashbrook, St Ippolyts, Holwell, Gosmore, Letchworth Garden City, Weston, Preston, Ickleford, Lower Stondon, Offley, Little Wymondley, Kings Walden, Lilley, Pegsdon, Pirton and some other areas close by.

Hitchin pest control: ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Hitchin SG15 6RA, Aardvark Pest Control Services SG4 9HN, Associated Pest Control Ltd SG6 2SQ, Hitchin Pest Control - Discreet Local Pest Services 24/7 SG4 0QB.

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