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Plymouth Rat Catchers Contractors (PL1): Finding rats in your garden or even inside your property is usually rather an unsettling experience and whilst it is not so common an occurrence in Plymouth these days, it is certainly something that happens every so often. Rats tend to breed fairly quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when they're present in numbers. A single sighting of a lone rat might not be too much of a problem, however if you happen to be observing them often you should get some specialist advice.

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There are two species of rat that you may encounter in Plymouth, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its quite unlikely that you'll ever come across black rats, and if you've seen a rat just recently its likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague, they're fairly rare nowadays, although where they do occur they are amazing climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats every 12 months.

The black rat at 5" to 7" long, isn't as large as the common brown rat, which grows to a length of nearly 9" and weighs in at around 500g. Brown rats may cause problems because they've got to continuously gnaw at things to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Their gnawing is frequently concentrated on things made out of timber.

Rats gnaw through wires, insulation, woodwork and pipes, leave droppings, transmit disease, and basically cause issues in businesses and homes throughout Plymouth. Incidences of rats should always be reported to the local council. You could also report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov web page HERE.

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You do not necessarily need to see rats to know of that they are there, due to the fact that there are numerous signs that can warn you of their activity. It could be that you might come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you might start seeing droppings on floors or in cupboards, you might spot rat holes gnawed into skirtings or floorboards or you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft.

To take care of this situation there are various strategies you could consider. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you could speak to the local Plymouth environmental health department or you can find a pest removal expert. There are no longer very many people these days who just specialize in rat problems, you can also call them if you've got a problem with a wasp nest in your loft space or maybe moles causing damage.

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The simplest way to stop issues with rodents is to discourage them from the outset. Therefore, deterring rodents ought to be something to think about even if you don't currently have rat problems. One of the principal reasons behind rat infestations is domestic trash littering gardens. You will simply attract rats if you supply them with both the materials and place to build a nest. Furthermore, avoid providing them with easily accessible food by leaving domestic food scraps around the garden and putting bird feeders out with grain that will only encourage them.

Rat Poison

Poisoning is one of the more nasty ways to get rid of rats. Wheat grains are laced with a poisoned substance and strategically left for the rats to ingest, it then takes them a few days to perish. The placement of the poison is crucial and will result in the failure or success of this approach. One or more of 3 key components that are used in rat poison are: bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum. You have to be extremely careful to keep these poisons away from dogs and pets. Rat poison brands made in Plymouth include: Elixir Gardens, Propest, RatKil, Pest Expert, Roshield and Rentokil. (Tags: Rat Poison Plymouth, Rat Poisons Plymouth)

Kinds of Rat

You'll only ever run into two species of rat in Plymouth and anywhere in Britain. These are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

The commonest species of rat seen in the United Kingdom, and also Europe, is the brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or common rat). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is ordinarily 4" - 9" long (excluding the tail) and weighs 140 - 500 grammes. It invariably lives wherever humans live. This rodent was named Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was presumed to have come to the British Isles by boat from Norway. The brown rat is nowadays thought to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and dig burrows, they have good hearing but poor eyesight, the females can give birth to 5 litters each year, they eat pretty much anything (omnivores) but have a preference for cereal grains.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in India and Southeast Asia the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native species of Britain or Europe. It's believed to have spread throughout Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, very likely traveling in cargoes of spice. The black rat was at one time a common sight in Great Britain but was largely replaced by the brown rat and is now pretty scarce. This rat gets to a length of five to seven inches a weight of 75-230g. Well known for causing toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, salmonella, typhus, trichinosis, listeria and bubonic plague, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Signs of Rat Infestations

If you've got suspicions you may have rats in your property or business, there are various means by which you can find out. You can watch out for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks, check for gnawing in wires, wood and cables, particularly in lofts, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels near to solid objects, hunt for signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, listen out for continual scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, in particular during the night, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they're dark brown in colour and look just like large grains of rice.


If you've got rats living in your garden, the probability is that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to dig burrows and they commonly excavate them next to solid structures and objects like garage foundations, garden sheds, patios and paths. These are the places to check out if you think there are rats nearby. These are often not straightforward holes, but rather substantial systems of burrows, made to provide food storage, nesting places and shelter. Look out for holes having smooth sides, that have been rubbed by the endless comings and goings of these busy animals. Usually two to four inches across, burrow entrances are fairly easy to recognize. Throw some stuff into the burrow entrance and look the next day to see if it has been shifted. This will show you if the rats are still in situ.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We outlined this topic before, so now we'll go into a bit more detail. The local environmental health is the place to send a report if you see rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space. Sometimes councils will deal with rats at no cost, however if you've got other infestations like wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs they will usually charge you. Also, it is simple to report rats on the Government (.gov) webpage which you can visit HERE. Click HERE to organize a local rat catcher and get the matter sorted out without delay.

Of course mice and rats aren't only an issue in Plymouth itself, they are just as likely to show up in Derriford, Torpoint, Hartley, Peverell, Plym Bridge, Lipson, Pomphey, Home Park, Wembury, Bickleigh, Keyham, North Prospect, Estover, Devonport, Mutley, Camels Head and various other areas nearby.

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