Rat Catchers Motherwell

Motherwell Rat Catchers Contractors (ML1): Spotting rats in your garden or house is usually rather a frightening experience although it is not such a frequent occurrence in Motherwell in recent times, it's definitely something that does happen. Rats tend to breed rather quickly and can cause problems, especially when they are seen in numbers. Just one sighting of a lone rat probably won't be much of a problem, however if you are observing them regularly you should do something.

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There are two species of rat that you might come across in Motherwell, black rats and brown (common) rats. Its relatively unlikely that you'll ever come across black rats, and if you have seen a rat just recently the chances are it will have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were the cause of the Great Plague, they're fairly rare nowadays, however when they are found they are superb climbers, have good hearing, and can produce between 20 and 100 offspring every twelve months.

The black rat at 5-7 inches long, is a bit smaller than the brown rat, which reaches a length of almost 9 inches and weighs in at close to 500g. Brown rats cause problems as they've got to continually chew on things to stop their teeth from getting too long. Wood is particularly prone to this attention.

Rats may cause a number of problems in homes and business premises throughout Motherwell and they gnaw through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, leave behind droppings, spread disease, and are generally problematic. Home owners need to report sightings of rats to the local authority. Additionally you can report a rat problem on the .gov website HERE.

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You don't always need to witness rats to know of that they are there, due to the fact that there are a few signs that could betray their activity. Perhaps you might come upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you could spot rat holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards, you could hear noises coming from a wall, loft or floor or you could start seeing droppings in cupboards or on the floor.

To tackle this situation there are two or three approaches that you could take. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you can get hold of your local Motherwell authority or council or you can bring in a pest removal expert. Nowadays rat catchers commonly fall into the category of pest management, and pest control providers do not only remove rats but additionally mice, wasps, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, moles and all kinds of domestic and garden pests.

Kinds of Rat

There are actually 2 breeds of rat that it's possible to encounter in Motherwell, Scotland or anywhere else in the UK for that matter. They're the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Motherwell, the rest of the British Isles and Europe the commonest species of rat is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat, street rat or common rat), this is the one you are likely to discover in your garden or home. The coloration of this rat varies between grey and brown, it grows to around 4-9" (and an equivalent length of tail) with a weight of between 140 and 500g. It was given the name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since it was believed to have spread to the United Kingdom by ships from Norway. It's now thought to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats have poor eyesight but good hearing, they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows, they're omnivores but have a preference for cereal grains, the females may produce five litters of up to Fourteen per year.

The Black Rat

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat initially arrived in Europe from India. It's regarded as having spread throughout Europe at the time of the Roman Empire, quite possibly hidden in spice shipments. Very rare nowadays in the United Kingdom, the black rat was pretty much driven out by the larger brown (common) rat. Reaching a length of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs around 75g to 230g. Black rats have a reputation for spreading many different diseases, especially trichinosis, Weil's disease, listeria, typhus, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague and salmonella.

Checking for Rats

There are a number of ways by which you can find out when you've got rats. When you have some suspicions that there could be rats in your business or property you should be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels near to solid surfaces, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they're dark brown in colour and look just like large grains of rice, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, especially in attics, hunt for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, listen out for scratching noises coming from attics and walls, particularly at nighttime.


Digging and burrowing is a thing that rats really like to do and it is close to solid objects or structures like garage foundations, walkways, terraces and garden sheds where they mainly prefer to dig. Providing food storage, shelter and nesting, rat burrows are excavated into substantial systems which could even cause damage if not nipped in the bud. Look out for holes having smooth edges, which may have been polished by the steady coming and going of these busy animals. Typically around two to four inches across, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to recognize. A good way to ascertain if rats still live in the burrow is to toss a bit of debris into the hole and find out if it's been cleared away the next day.

Problems With Mice

Perhaps thought by many to be not as uncomfortable as rats, uncovering mice inside your house can cause just as many concerns. While not so large, mice will still gnaw at stuff, leave droppings, contaminate food and breed quickly. Also, much like rats, poisoning and trapping are the preferred techniques for solving mouse infestations in Motherwell. Whether you have got a problem with rats or mice, check out RATED PEOPLE to track down an expert Motherwell pest controller to help you out.

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