Rat Catchers Leominster

Leominster Rat Catchers Contractors (HR6): Though its not such a common occurrence nowadays in Leominster, people do have issues with rats from time to time. Seeing rats in your house or garden is not a good thing to experience, and could be enough to cause some householders the shakes. Lone rats should not cause much of a problem, but of course rats tend to breed quickly and may begin to cause issues when their numbers rise.

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Though neither of the 2 rat types at present found in the British Isles are natives of these islands, they have unquestionably become firmly established. The brown rat is especially widespread while the black rat isn't so much nowadays. Both of these breeds originated from Asia and got to Great Britain on boats (as stowaways).

The largest and heaviest of the 2 rat species is the brown at approximately 9 inches, whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5-7 inches long. To prevent their incisor teeth from getting too long, brown rats have to keep gnawing at things, which is why they're the cause of so much damage and destruction. They particularly like to gnaw on wood.

An infestation of rats will lead to a number of issues for business owners and householders in Leominster, they'll transmit diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, wires and insulation, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Householders need to report sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. Or perhaps head HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website.

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It is not always by appearance alone that you will become aware of the existence of rats, their behaviour is sometimes quite enough to enlighten you. Perhaps you could encounter distinctive rat holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards, you may find droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you could come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you may hear scratching coming from a wall, floor or loft.

In order to have this situation tackled effectively you should call in a specialist. You can inform the local authorities or bring in a professional Leominster rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be precisely that, however today they tend to be labeled pest controllers and will not only be happy to help with rat problems but also mice, cockroaches, wasps, moles, ants and much more.

Rat Prevention

Discouraging rats and mice before they even show up is the best way of avoiding such problems. Subsequently, even though you do not actually have a problem with rats, rat prevention ought to be extremely high on your list of priorities. Domestic waste littered around the garden is amongst the primary reasons behind rat infestations. You will do nothing but attract rats if you give them both the materials and place to build nests. When there is also plenty of food on offer those rats imagine they are in paradise, so be warned that bird seed feeders attract rats, in particular when they're liable to spilling over, and domestic household waste food should also not be accessible. (Tags: Rat Prevention Leominster, Rat Deterrents Leominster)

Mole Problems

Leominster rat catchers are occasionally also brought in to help remedy another issue, ie moles. Moles cause trouble in another way to to rats and are not anywhere near as detested. The biggest trouble with moles is that they'll do quite a bit of damage to your garden, and in particular your lawn. Proof of their activity can clearly be spotted in the shape of randomly scattered heaps of earth on perfectly manicured lawns. Moles are usually caught in traps and then released someplace else, if you favour the most humane method. (Tags: Mole Trapping Leominster, Molecatchers Leominster)

Kinds of Rat

There are only two kinds of rat which you might come across in Leominster or in fact any place else in the British Isles. They are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

The most common rat found in the UK, and in fact the rest of Europe and North America, is the brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or sewer rat). The colour of this rodent of the family Muridae varies between grey and brown, it grows to approximately 4" to 9" (plus an equivalent length of tail) with a weight range of between 140 and 500g. Even though once considered to have originated in Norway (hence its name), this rat is now understood to have first come from China or at least Central Asia. Brown rats are omniverous (eat anything) though they favour grains and cereals, they've got excellent hearing but poor eyesight, the female rats attain sexual maturity in just five weeks and might produce five litters per year (with up to 14 young in each), they climb effectively and dig extensively.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of the UK, originating in Southeast Asia (India). Believed to have spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat quite likely reached Europe and the UK inside cargoes of spices. Once a common sight in Great Britain, the black rat essentially disappeared as the brown rat became dominant. Growing to a length of five to seven inches, the black rat weighs about 75 to 230 grams. Black rats are renowned for spreading a number of diseases, most notably toxoplasmosis, salmonella, listeria, Weil's disease, trichinosis, typhus and bubonic plague.

Have You Got Rats?

There are numerous ways by which you can tell when you have rats. If you've got your suspicions that there might be rats in your property or business you could watch for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, listen out for scratching noises coming from walls and attics, especially during the night, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, keep an eye out for faeces, they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, look out for tunnels or burrows alongside solid surfaces, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, especially in attics.

Rat Burrows

One thing that rats love to do is dig and burrow, and the place that they predominantly like to dig is next to and under solid structures and objects such as garage foundations, garden shed bases, walkways and terraces. These are often not simple holes, but substantial systems of burrows, created to provide food storage, shelter and nesting places. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides adjacent to a solid surface, where the motion of furry creatures have polished and rubbed the burrow entrance. Should you notice holes but aren't positive that they're rats, they will normally be around 2" to 4" across. A great way to discover if rats are still living in that particular burrow is to chuck some rubbish into the burrow and see whether it has been cleared away the following day.

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