Rat Catchers Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa Rat Catchers Contractors (CV31): Discovering rats in your garden or home could be rather an alarming thing to experience and whilst it's not so frequent an occurrence in Leamington Spa in recent times, its definitely something that happens. Rats breed quickly and are likely to cause issues, particularly when their numbers spiral out of hand. An individual sighting of a solitary rat may not be too much of a problem, however if you're seeing them on a regular basis it's best to report it.

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If you do happen to discover rats in Leamington Spa, the probability is that they will be common brown rats, although there are in fact 2 kinds of rat currently found in the United Kingdom; brown (or common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you might be aware ship rats were responsible for the Great Plague (17th C) at which time they were quite common. Black rats are quite scarce now and in fact neither breed is a native of Great Britain, both arriving from Asia.

The brown rat is usually larger than the black rat weighing in at 500g and reaching a length of almost 9". Brown rats may cause damage as they've got to continually gnaw at things to stop their teeth from growing too long. Their interest is commonly concentrated on stuff made from timber.

Rats may cause many problems in businesses and homes in Leamington Spa and they gnaw their way through insulation, wires, pipes and woodwork, spread disease, leave behind droppings, and generally cause a nuisance. The local authority should really be notified whenever rats are sighted. You could also report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov web page HERE.

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It's not invariably by sight alone that you will be alerted to the presence of rats, their behaviour is sometimes enough to give warning. Perhaps you may hear scratching coming from a floor, loft or wall, you could come across a rat's nest hidden away, you could spot distinctive rat holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards or you could discover droppings on floors or in cupboards.

If you do not want to wait around for the local authorities to address your problem you could get in touch with local Leamington Spa rat catcher or pest controller who'll be qualified in the business of pest removal. In the good old days, rat catchers were precisely that, but nowadays they are known as pest controllers and won't just be willing to help you tackle getting rid of rats but also removing cockroaches, wasps, mice, ants, moles and many more.

Kinds of Rat

There are only 2 types of rat which you might encounter in Leamington Spa or anywhere else in the UK for that matter. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most widespread type of rat found in Britain, and in fact the most of Europe and North America, is the brown rat (sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or street rat). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is generally 4" - 9" long (without the tail) and weighs about 140 to 500 grams. It always lives wherever human beings are living. It was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was believed to have spread to the United Kingdom by ship from Norway. It's nowadays thought to have originated from Central Asia/China. Brown rats are omnivores (consume anything) though they prefer to eat cereals, they've got excellent hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats attain sexual maturity in only five weeks and may have five litters every year (up to 14 young in each), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat

Originating from Southeast Asia (India) the black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native of Great Britain or Europe. Thought to have been spread in Roman times, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and the British Isles via shipments of spice. At one time commonplace in the UK, the black rat largely disappeared when the brown rat became dominant. This rat grows to a length of 5-7 inches and usually weighs 75 to 230 grams. Renowned for spreading diseases black rats may be the cause of bubonic plague, typhus, Weil's disease, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria and trichinosis.

Signs of Rat Infestations

If you've got a notion you may have rats in your business or home, there are various means by which it's possible to tell. You can try to find tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, listen closely for continual scratching noises emanating from lofts and walls, especially at nighttime, check for gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they're darkish brown and look much like large grains of rice, look out for tunnels or burrows next to solid objects.


Something which rats like to do is burrow and dig, and the area that they predominantly like to burrow is next to and under solid objects or structures like garden shed bases, patios, garage foundations and walkways. Useful for food storage, shelter and nesting places, burrows are dug into extensive systems that may even cause damage to buildings if something isn't done. Look out for holes with smooth edges, that have been rubbed by the continuous movement of these busy little pests. When you spot holes but aren't sure if they're rats, they'll commonly be 2" to 4" across. A great way to learn if rats are still in the burrow is to throw some stuff into the hole and see whether it has been cleared the following day.

Not surprisingly mice and rats aren't only an issue in Leamington Spa itself, they could crop up in Lillington, Blackdown, Whitnash, Milverton, Offchurch, Bishops Tachbrook, Leek Wootton, Ufton, Weston under Wetherley, Warwick, Cubbington, Hunningham, Heathcote, Sydenham, Radford Semele and other places in and around Warwickshire.

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