Rat Catchers Redhill

Redhill Rat Catchers Contractors (RH1): Observing a rat in your house or garden tends to be quite a horrifying experience even though it isn't such a common occurrence in Redhill these days, its definitely something that does happen. Rats tend to breed rather quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when they're seen in numbers. An individual incidence of a lone rat will possibly not be much of a problem, but if you're observing them regularly you must take action.

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There are actually 2 sorts of rat which you might encounter in Redhill, black rats and brown (common) rats. It is relatively improbable that you will ever come across black rats, and if you've spotted a rat recently it's likely to have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were common at one time and were blamed for the Great Plague, they are rather rare nowadays, although where they are found they're superb climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred baby rats each year.

The brown rat is usually bigger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilo and reaching a length of about 9 inches. Most of the destruction caused by brown rats is due to the fact that to keep their teeth from growing too much, they have to continually chew on things. Timber is especially more prone to their attention.

Rats can cause an assortment of issues in homes and businesses throughout Redhill and they gnaw their way through wires, pipes, woodwork and insulation, leave droppings, transmit diseases, and generally cause a nuisance. The local council should really be informed whenever rats are spotted. Or otherwise head HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website online.

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It is not always by appearance alone that you'll be alerted to the existence of rats, their behaviour is often quite enough to enlighten you. Perhaps you may hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you could start seeing droppings in cupboards or on floors, you could encounter rat holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards or you may come across a rat's nest in some concealed location.

If you are going to have this issue tackled properly you ought to get in touch with a specialist. You could either get in touch with the local authority or bring in a specialist Redhill rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. In the old days, rat catchers used to be simply that, but currently they tend to be termed pest controllers and will not solely be capable of helping you sort out rat problems but also solving problems with wasps, ants, cockroaches, mice, moles and many more. (Tags: Pest Control Redhill, Ratcatchers Redhill )

Kinds of Rat

In Redhill, Surrey and throughout the UK, there's only 2 species of rat which you are going to run into. They are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Redhill, the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe the most widespread kind of rat is the brown rat (sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or common rat), this is the kind you are most likely to spot in your home or garden. The colour of this rodent varies between brown and grey, it grows to about 4" to 9" (and an equivalent length of tail) and has a weight range of between 140g and 500g. Although once thought to have spread from Norway (hence its name), it's now understood to have initially come from China or at least Central Asia. Brown rats have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, they dig burrows and climb well, they are omnivores but prefer grains and cereals, the female rats may give birth to five litters of as many as 14 young every year.

The Black Rat

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, roof rat or ship rat first came to Europe from India and Southeast Asia. It's regarded as having spread to Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, almost certainly hidden in cargoes of spice. Fairly scarce nowadays in Britain, this rat was largely replaced by the larger brown rat. Weighing in at only 75g to 230g, the black rat reaches lengths of about five to seven inches. Renowned for passing on disease black rats have been accountable for Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, listeria, typhus, bubonic plague and salmonella.

Signs of Rat Infestations

There are various ways by which you can find out if you've got rats. When you've got suspicions that there may be rats in your business or home you can keep an eye out for faeces, they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, check for gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, particularly in lofts, listen closely for continual scratching noises emanating from rooves and walls, in particular at nighttime, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid objects.


One thing that all rats like to do is burrow, and their favourite place to do it is next to and beneath solid structures and objects like garages, patios, pathways and garden shed bases. These are often not simple holes in the ground, but rather substantial systems of burrows, built to use as shelter, nesting places and food storage. Watch out for holes with smooth sides, that have been rubbed by the steady motion of these busy creatures. Generally 2" to 4" in diameter, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to recognize. You can find out if rats are in situ by partially blocking up the entrance hole to determine if they come back and clear it away.

Reporting Rat Sightings

The following is more detail on a topic we brought up earlier on this page. It is always advisable to report it to the local environmental health if you see rats in your own garden, in a public area or in a neighbours garden. In the case of rats this is often a cost-free service, although you will normally be charged for some other infestations for example cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps. You can visit the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report rats. To have the issue taken care of immediately book a rat catcher HERE.

Needless to say rodents aren't only a problem in Redhill, you may also come across them in Sidlow, Chaldon, Warwick Wold, Irons Bottom, Banstead, Holmethorpe, Lower Kingswood, Horley, Old Coulsdon, Hooley, Merstham, Nutfield, Chipstead, Reigate, Kingswood, South Nutfield, Salfords and other locations close by.

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