Rat Catchers Maidstone

Maidstone Rat Catchers Contractors (ME14): Discovering rats in your house or garden tends to be quite an alarming thing to experience and while its not such a frequent occurrence in Maidstone these days, it is certainly not unheard of. Rats tend to breed rather quickly and can cause problems, particularly when their numbers spiral out of control. One incidence of a solitary rat won't be all that much of a problem, however if you are observing them on a regular basis make sure you seek help.

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If you do discover rats in Maidstone, the probabilities are that they'll be common brown rats, although there are actually two kinds of rat currently found in the United Kingdom; black (ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you might know black rats were blamed for the Great Plague of the 17th Century and at that time they were pretty common. Black rats are quite scarce nowadays and actually neither variety is a native of the British Isles, both originally from from Asia.

Brown rats are normally bigger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and weigh up to half a kilo, with a length of around 9 inches. Brown rats may cause problems because they need to continually gnaw at things to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Woodwork is especially susceptible to their attention.

Rat infestations will lead to lots of different issues for business and home owners in and around Maidstone, they'll gnaw through woodwork, pipes, wires and insulation, leave behind droppings, transmit disease, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Homeowners need to report sightings of rats to their local authorities. Or perhaps report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which should be forwarded to your local authorities.

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You'll often identify the existence of rats not by actually physically seeing them, but by their indicating their activity in other ways. It's possible you may come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you may hear noises coming from a wall, floor or loft, you may detect droppings on floors or in cupboards or you could spot distinctive rat holes chewed into skirting boards or floorboards.

If you do not want to wait around for environmental health to take care of your rat issues you could speak to a local Maidstone pest controller or rat catcher who will be an expert in the business of pest removal. In these modern times rat catchers normally come under the umbrella category of pest control, and pest control providers don't only remove rats but in addition moles, fleas, mice, cockroaches, wasps, bedbugs and all kinds of domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Maidstone, Rat Catcher Maidstone )

Kinds of Rat

There are 2 breeds of rat that you might come across in Maidstone, Kent or anywhere else in Great Britain for that matter. They are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Maidstone, the remainder of the UK and Continental Europe the most widespread species of rat is the brown rat (common rat, street rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is what you could spot in your garden or home. The colour of this rodent ranges between brown and grey, it normally grows to around 4-9 inches (and a similar length tail) with a weight range of between 140 and 500 grammes. This species was named Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) since it was believed to have spread to Great Britain by ships from Norway. It is now considered to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats climb well and burrow a lot, they have poor eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, the females can give birth to 5 litters per year, they'll eat pretty much anything (they are omnivores) but have a preference for cereals.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of the UK, originating in India. It is regarded as having spread throughout Europe in Roman times, most likely traveling in shipments of spices. The black rat was once widespread in Britain but was essentially driven out by the larger brown rat and is now quite uncommon. This rat attains lengths of 5-7 inches and weights of 75g to 230g. Black rats are notorious for spreading several diseases, particularly toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, listeria, salmonella, trichinosis, bubonic plague and typhus.

Signs of Rats

When you've got suspicions that you may have rats in your property or business, there are a number of ways in which you're able to find out. You should search for signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, check for gnawing in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, listen for continual scratching noises emanating from rooves and walls, in particular at night, keep your eyes open for rat droppings, they're darkish brown and look like large grains of rice, be on the lookout for holes or burrows close to solid objects, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks.


Burrowing and digging is one thing that rats really love to do and it's next to and beneath solid objects or structures such as patios, garage foundations, paths and garden shed bases where they predominantly like to dig. Perfect for shelter, food storage and nesting places, rat burrows are dug into extensive networks which could even cause damage to buildings if not nipped in the bud. A certain sign of a rat burrow is a smooth sided hole adjacent to a solid surface, where the comings and goings of furry animals have polished the entrance. The entrance holes to rat burrows are typically two to four inches across. A smart way to find out if rats are still living in the burrow is to toss some stuff into the entrance hole and find out if it has been removed the next day.

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