Rat Catchers Lincoln

Lincoln Rat Catchers Contractors (LN1): Finding a rat in your garden or even inside your property could be quite a frightening experience to go through although it is not so frequent an occurrence in Lincoln nowadays, its definitely not unheard of. Rats tend to breed very quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when there are a lot of them. Just one sighting of a solitary rat will possibly not be much of a worry, but if you happen to be seeing them often you should find a solution.

Rat Catchers Lincoln LN1

There are two species of rat which you might encounter in Lincoln, brown (or common) rats and black rats. It is rather unlikely that you will ever come across black rats, and if you have encountered a rat recently its likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly scarce nowadays, though where they do occur they are superb climbers, have good hearing, and can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats in a single year.

The largest of the 2 rats is the common brown rat at around nine inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. To wear down their continually growing incisors, common brown rats have to keep chewing things, and that's why they are responsible for such a lot of damage. Timber is particularly vulnerable to this attention.

Rat infestations will cause all sorts of issues for business and home owners in Lincoln, they transmit diseases, gnaw through woodwork, pipes, wires and insulation, leave behind droppings, and contaminate foodstuffs. Homeowners ought to report incidences of rats to their relevant local authorities. You could also report a rat problem on the .gov website HERE.

Pest Control in the Lincoln Area

You will sometimes become aware of the presence of rats not by actually physically observing them, but by them indicating their presence in other ways. It could be that you could encounter distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards, you may detect droppings in cupboards or on the floor, you may find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you could hear noises coming from a loft, wall or floor.

If you're going to have this issue tackled properly you'll want to get a professional. You could contact the local environmental health department or get hold of a specialist Lincoln rat catcher or pest controller yourself. Nowadays rat catchers commonly fall into the category of pest control, and pest control experts don't only remove rats but also moles, cockroaches, fleas, mice, wasps, bedbugs and a variety of other garden and household pests.

Rat Prevention Lincoln: The most effective way to prevent problems with rats and mice is to discourage them in the first place. So, deterring rats should be a thing to think about even when you do not have problems with rats at present. One of the major factors behind rat and mouse infestations is domestic household waste littering gardens. You'll simply attract them if you provide them with both the materials and place to build nests. If there is also lots of food available your rats will be in heaven, so keep in mind that traditional bird feeders can attract rats, particularly when they are prone to spilling over, and domestic household food scraps shouldn't be left lying around.

Rat Poison: One way to deal with a rat issue is to put down poison. A rat dies just a few days after consuming a poison laced bait, generally wheat. A considerable accumulation of rats may be exterminated with this strategy so long as the poisoned bait is placed effectively. The toxic components that are utilized in rat poison includes: bromadioline, brodifacoum or difenacoum. You need to be very careful to keep this away from dogs and pets. Brands of rat poison available in the United Kingdom include: Rentokil, RatKil, Roshield, Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens and Propest.

Species of Rat

You'll only ever encounter 2 breeds of rat in Lincoln, Lincolnshire and anywhere in Great Britain. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat:

In Lincoln, the remainder of the British Isles and Continental Europe the commonest kind of rat is the brown rat (street rat, common rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is what you could discover in your home or garden. The colouring of this rodent of the family Muridae ranges between grey and brown, it grows to around 4 to 9 inches (plus a similar length of tail) and has a weight range of between 140 and 500g. Now known to have originally come from Central Asia (probably China), this rat was once assumed to have spread from Norway. Brown rats climb effectively and dig a lot, they have poor eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats can produce up to five litters per year, they will consume pretty much any foodstuffs (omnivores) but have a preference for grain cereals.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus):

Originating in Southeast Asia the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of Great Britain or Europe. Thought to have been spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat quite likely reached Europe and Great Britain in cargoes of spices. Once widespread in the British Isles, the black rat essentially disappeared when the brown rat appeared. Reaching a length of 5-7 inches, the black rat weighs just 75-230g. Notorious for causing diseases black rats are often responsible for typhus, toxoplasmosis, listeria, Weil's disease, salmonella, trichinosis and bubonic plague.

Have You Got Rats?: There are numerous ways by which you can find out if you have rats. When you have suspicions that there may be rats in your property or business you could watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows alongside solid surfaces, try to find tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, listen for scratching noises coming from walls and lofts, especially at nighttime, keep your eyes open for faeces, they are darkish brown and look much like large grains of rice, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, wood and cables, especially in attics.

Burrows: If you have rats living in the garden, the probability is that there will be a burrow. Rats love to burrow and they often dig them next to and beneath solid structures and objects such as shed bases, garages, terraces and paths. These are the best places to look if you believe there could be rats nearby. Perfect for nesting places, shelter and food storage, burrows are excavated into extensive systems that could even cause damage to buildings if allowed to continue. Keep your eyes open for holes having smooth sides, that have been polished by the frequent movement of these busy animals. Normally 2-4 inches across, entrance holes to rat burrows are normally fairly easy to spot. A great way to ascertain if rats are nesting in the burrow is to toss a bit of debris into the burrow and see if it's been removed the following day.

Lincoln pest control: Xpress Pest Control - Lincoln LN2 3SR, Able Pest 24/7 LN6 3RS, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Lincoln LN2 4QZ, Aveland Pest Solutions Ltd LN1 2DU.

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