Rat Catchers Romiley

Romiley Rat Catchers Contractors (SK6): Spotting a rat in your garden or even inside your property can be rather a shocking experience although it is not such a frequent occurrence in Romiley these days, it is definitely not unusual. Rats tend to breed fairly quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when their numbers get out of control. One sighting of a solitary rat probably won't be too much of a concern, but if you're seeing them frequently you need to seek help.

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If you do see rats in Romiley, the likelihood is that they will be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), although there are in fact 2 types of rat presently found in Great Britain; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you could be aware black rats were the cause of the Great Plague of the 17th Century and at that time they were fairly widespread. Black rats are relatively rare now and in fact neither species is native to the British Isles, both of them coming from Asia.

The biggest of the 2 rats is the brown rat at about 9 inches, while the black only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. Most of the damage and destruction attributable to brown rats is because to keep their incisor teeth from growing too much, they've got to continually gnaw on stuff. Their attention is oftentimes concentrated on things made from wood.

Rats cause a range of issues in homes and businesses in Romiley and they gnaw through pipes, wires, insulation and woodwork, leave behind droppings, transmit disease, and generally cause a nuisance. Homeowners must report rat sightings to their relevant local authority. Or perhaps go HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website online.

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It's not always by appearance alone that you will become aware of the presence of rats, their behaviour is often quite enough to give warning. Perhaps you might detect droppings in cupboards or on floors, you might stumble upon a rat's nest in some tucked away location, you could observe rat holes gnawed into floorboards or skirting boards or you might hear noises coming from a wall, loft or floor.

If you are going to have this issue dealt with correctly you will have to contact an expert. You could get in contact with the local council or get hold of an expert Romiley pest controller or rat catcher yourself. Nowadays rat catchers typically come under the umbrella category of pest control, and pest elimination experts don't only remove rats but also mice, moles, wasps, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs and all manner of domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Romiley, Rat Catchers Romiley )

Rat Traps

Rat traps are one of the strategies for dealing with a rat situation, regardless of whether you're tackling it by yourself or getting the rat catchers in. You will find many different styles of rat trap nowadays, some of which exterminate the rats and some which imprison rats for release elsewhere. If you are against harming animals, probably the capture style trap would be your perfect solution. If you take a look around you should find plenty of different patterns such as: electronic rat traps, spring loaded bait traps, enclosed poison traps and cage traps.

Molecatchers in Romiley

Rat catchers in Romiley are often also called on to deal with another issue, ie moles. In no way such detested creatures, moles cause totally different issues than rats. Lawns and gardens are the main things vulnerable if you've got a mole situation. Neatly maintained lawns spoiled by unsightly piles of newly dug earth are a sure sign of activity by moles. Capturing with traps is by far the most acceptable and humane method to reduce the incidence of moles.

Species of Rat

In Romiley or anywhere in Britain, there's just 2 breeds of rat which you are likely to come across. They are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most common rat found in Great Britain, and also Europe, is the brown rat (sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or street rat). The colour of this species varies between brown and grey, it grows to around 4" - 9" (plus a similar length of tail) with a weight range of between 140 and 500 grams. Nowadays understood to have originally come from Central Asia (probably China), the brown rat was at one time presumed to have come from Norway (hence the name Norway Rat). Brown rats climb effectively and burrow a lot, they have poor eyesight but good hearing, the female rats can give birth to 5 litters each year, they consume just about anything (omnivores) but prefer cereals and grains.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not native to the British Isles, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat initially came to Europe from Southeast Asia (quite likely India). Thought to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat quite likely reached Europe and Great Britain hidden in cargoes of spices. Rather scarce nowadays in the UK, the black rat was largely ousted by the larger brown rat. The black rat reaches lengths of 5-7 inches and weights of 75g to 230g. Notorious for causing diseases black rats can be responsible for listeria, typhus, bubonic plague, trichinosis, Weil's disease, salmonella and toxoplasmosis.

Spotting Rats

When you have a notion you may have rats in your home or business, there are a number of ways by which you'll be able to tell. You can watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, particularly in attics, keep your eyes peeled for rat droppings, they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels near to solid surfaces, listen out for continual scratching noises emanating from roofs and walls, particularly at nighttime.


Burrowing is one thing that all rats really like to do and its near to solid structures and objects such as paths, shed bases, patios and garage foundations where they especially like to dig. Perfect for shelter, food storage and nesting, rat burrows are excavated into extensive systems which may even cause damage to structures if allowed to continue unchecked. The entrances to burrows are normally worn smooth by the frequent movement, so keep an eye out for smooth sided holes near to solid surfaces. Typically approximately two to four inches across, entrances to rat burrows are not hard to identify. It's possible to find out if rats are still about by partially filling up the entrance hole to see if they return and remove it.

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