Rat Catchers Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard Rat Catchers Contractors (LU7): Seeing rats in your garden or property is usually quite an alarming experience and whilst it's not so common an occurrence in Leighton Buzzard in recent times, it is certainly something that does happen once in a while. Rats breed fairly quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when they are present in numbers. One incidence of a lone rat won't be much of a worry, but if you're noticing them frequently it is best to get some specialist advice.

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There are actually two types of rat that you might encounter in Leighton Buzzard, brown (common) rats and black rats. It's quite unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you've stumbled upon a rat recently chances are it will have been the more common brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were responsible for the Great Plague, they are quite rare now, although when they are found they are excellent climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring in just one year.

The longest and heaviest of the two rats is the common brown rat at approximately 9", while the black rat only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. The majority of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is due to the fact that to keep their teeth from getting too long, they must constantly chew on things. Their attention is frequently targeting items that's made out of timber.

An infestation of rats cause all sorts of problems for business owners and householders in Leighton Buzzard, they'll spread diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw through wires, pipes, woodwork and insulation, and get up to all sorts of mischief. The local authorities must be notified when there are any regular incidences of rats. Or otherwise head HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website.

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You'll in some cases become aware of the existence of rats not in fact by seeing them, but by their announcing their presence by other means. Perhaps you may encounter holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings, you could stumble upon a rat's nest in some concealed location, you could hear scratching coming from a floor, wall or loft or you might find droppings on the floor or in cupboards.

Unless you wish to wait for environmental health to take care of your problem you may also call in local Leighton Buzzard rat catcher or pest controller who'll be a specialist in the art of pest removal. Nowadays rat catchers typically fall into the category of pest management, and pest elimination experts do not only control rats but also moles, wasps, cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, mice and all kinds of garden and household pests.

Problems With Moles

Several Leighton Buzzard rat catchers can also help with moles (the furry kind!). Moles can cause trouble in another way to to rats and are not quite so hated. It's outside in your garden where you could have troubles with moles, and lawns in particular are at risk. Proof of their destructive activity can be plainly seen in the shape of randomly scattered mounds of earth on perfectly manicured lawns. The favoured and most humane strategy to get rid of moles is by trapping. (Tags: Mole Catchers Leighton Buzzard, Mole Trapping Leighton Buzzard)

Types of Rat

In Leighton Buzzard and throughout the United Kingdom, there are just two sorts of rat that you are going to come across. These are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most common species of rat found in Britain, and also Europe, is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, common rat or sewer rat). This brown or grey coloured creature reaches lengths of 4" - 9" (plus tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It was given its name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) as it was believed to have arrived in the British Isles by ship from Norway. The brown rat is now understood to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats burrow extensively and climb effectively, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats can give birth to 5 litters a year, they will consume just about anything (they are omnivores) but favour grain cereals.

The Black Rat

The black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not a native of the British Isles, originally coming from Southeast Asia (India). Possibly traveling in shipments of spices at the height of the Roman Empire, the black rat subsequently spread throughout Europe. At one time commonplace in Great Britain, the black rat essentially disappeared as the brown rat took over. Reaching lengths of five to seven inches, the black rat weighs just 75 to 230 grams. Well known for causing bubonic plague, listeria, typhus, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis and Weil's disease, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Have You Got Rats?

When you have an inkling you could have rats in your business or property, there are a few ways in which you'll be able to tell. You should search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows close to solid surfaces, listen out for continual scratching noises coming from attics and walls, particularly during the night, check for gnawing in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, keep an eye out for faeces (droppings), they look like large grains of rice and are darkish brown.


Digging and burrowing is one thing that rats really love to do and it is at the side of solid objects or structures such as garden sheds, garage foundations, terraces and paths where they mainly like to dig. Rats dig out extensive networks of burrows that are useful for food storage, shelter and nesting. Look out for holes with smooth edges, which have been polished by the steady coming and going of these busy little animals. Typically two to four inches in diameter, entrances to burrows are not hard to recognize. You should check if rats are still in situ by temporarily blocking the burrow entrance to ascertain if they come back and clear it away.

Rat Sightings - Reporting

Here is a little more information on a subject that we talked about earlier in this article. Should you spot rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public place it is definitely sensible to report it to the Environmental Health. Certain councils will take care of rats cost-free, however when you have other pest infestations such as cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs they will usually charge you. Rat sightings can also be reported via the .gov webpage HERE. Click HERE to organize a local rat catcher and get the situation resolved straight away.

Not surprisingly rats and rodents are not just found in Leighton Buzzard itself, they are just as likely to be seen in Slapton, Little Brickhill, Great Brickhill, Heath and Reach, Soulbury, Linslade, Stewkley, Milton Bryant, Stanbridge, Battlesden, Hockliffe, Eaton Bray, Mentmore, Billington and similar places nearby.

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