Rat Catchers Northampton

Northampton Rat Catchers Contractors (NN1): Even though it isn't that common nowadays, discovering rats in your garden or even inside your property in Northampton isn't a pleasant experience. A single rat sighting might not be that much of a problem, however, if you observe the presence of rats more frequently or spot multiple rats you could be in trouble since they tend to reproduce so rapidly.

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Though neither of the 2 rat types currently seen in the British Isles are natives of these shores, they've definitely become firmly established. The brown rat is particularly common while the ship (black) rat is not so much these days. Both of these types came from Asia and arrived in the United Kingdom aboard ships.

The largest and heaviest of the 2 rats is the common brown at about nine inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5 to 7 inches. Brown rats can cause problems because they must constantly chew on things to prevent their teeth from getting too long. Their attention is oftentimes concentrated on objects that is made of timber.

An infestation of rats will lead to a number of issues for home owners and businesses in Northampton, they'll spread disease, leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, and build nests. Property holders need to report rat sightings to the relevant local authority. Or head HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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It is not purely by sight that you will be alerted to the presence of rats, their actions are often enough to give warning. It could be that you could detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you could uncover a rat's nest in some hidden location, you might encounter distinctive rat holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards or you may hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor.

If you do not wish to wait for environmental health to handle your problem you can also speak to a local Northampton pest controller or rat catcher who will be qualified in the art of pest removal. These days rat catchers commonly come under the category of pest management, and pest elimination experts not only remove rats but in addition mice, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, wasps, moles and many more types of garden and domestic pests.

Signs of Rats

If you've got suspicions that you could have rats in your property or business, there are a variety of ways in which it's possible to tell. You can watch for rub marks on walls and skirtings where greasy fur has left marks, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they look similar to large grains of rice and are darkish brown, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, particularly in lofts, hunt for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, be on the lookout for burrows or holes alongside solid surfaces, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from attics and walls, in particular at night.


Digging and burrowing is something that rats really love to do and it's alongside solid objects or structures such as garages, garden shed bases, pathways and terraces that they especially like to dig. Perfect for food storage, shelter and nesting, burrows are dug into substantial systems that can even cause damage if allowed to continue. The entrances to burrows tend to be worn smooth by frequent motion, so keep your eyes open for holes with smooth sides close to solid structures. The entrances to burrows are typically 2-4 inches in diameter. Toss some stuff into the burrow entrance and check the following day to determine if it has been cleared. This should determine if the rats are still using it.

Reporting Rats

We are going to go into it a bit more now, though this topic was outlined earlier. It is always a great idea to inform the local environmental health if you discover rats in your own garden, in a public place or in a neighbours garden. In the case of rats this is occasionally a free service, although you will normally be charged for other pests like bed bugs, cockroaches and wasps. Also, it is very easy to report rat infestations through the Government (.gov) webpage which you'll find HERE. To get things sorted fast contact a rat catcher HERE.

Northampton pest control: ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Northampton NN5 6RF, Northampton Pest Control - Discreet Local Pest Services NN3 3HU, Xpress Pest Control - Northampton NN4 8DE, Abington Pest Control Ltd NN3 8TZ.

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