Rat Catchers St Helens

St Helens Rat Catchers Contractors (WA11): Observing rats in your house or garden tends to be quite an unsettling experience even though it is not such a frequent occurrence in St Helens in recent times, it is definitely something that happens. Rats tend to breed very quickly and will likely cause problems, especially when their numbers spiral out of control. A single sighting of a solitary rat probably won't be all that much of a problem, but if you happen to be noticing them regularly you need to take action.

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If you do spot rats in St Helens, the chances are that they'll be common brown rats, even though there are actually 2 types of rat at present found in the British Isles; black (ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you may perhaps know ship rats were responsible for the Great Plague of the 17th Century during which period they were fairly common. Black rats are quite scarce now and in fact neither variety is a native of the UK, both originally from from Asia.

Brown rats are bigger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh up to half a kilogram, with a length of around 9 inches. To wear down their continually growing incisor teetn, common brown rats have to keep chewing things, which explains why they are responsible for such a lot of damage. Their gnawing is oftentimes concentrated on things that is made from timber.

An infestation of rats lead to a number of problems for business owners and householders in St Helens, they will transmit diseases, gnaw their way through woodwork, pipes, wires and insulation, leave droppings, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Home owners should report any sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. You may also report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov website HERE.

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You'll often discover the presence of rats not actually by physically seeing them, but by them announcing their presence in other ways. Perhaps you could detect droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you may uncover a rat's nest hidden away or you might encounter distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards.

If you don't want to wait around for the local council to address your rat problem it's also possible to contact a local St Helens pest controller or rat catcher who'll be experienced in the area of pest removal. These days rat catchers typically fall into the category of pest control, and pest control businesses not only remove rats but additionally moles, mice, fleas, wasps, bedbugs, cockroaches and many other kinds of domestic and garden pests.

Kinds of Rat

In St Helens and throughout the United Kingdom, there's only 2 kinds of rat that you're ever likely to run into. They're the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most widespread species of rat seen in the United Kingdom, and also in Europe, is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, street rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). This grey or brown coloured rodent grows to lengths of 4" - 9" (plus tail) and weights 140 - 500 grammes. It was given its name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) since it was believed to have arrived in the United Kingdom by boat from Norway. It's nowadays understood to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats are omnivores (consume pretty much anything) although their favourite is cereals and grains, they've got an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the females attain sexual maturity in just 5 weeks and may give birth to 5 litters per year (with as many as 14 in each), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat

The black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the UK, originating from India. Almost certainly traveling in shipments of spices for the Roman Empire, the black rat consequently spread through Europe. At one time prevalent in the United Kingdom, the black rat essentially disappeared as the brown rat appeared. Growing to lengths of 5" to 7", this rat weighs in at only 75 to 230 grams. Known to cause toxoplasmosis, typhus, Weil's disease, bubonic plague, salmonella, trichinosis and listeria, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Checking for Rats

If you've got a notion you may have rats in your property or business, there are various ways that you could find out. You can search for footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, listen out for continual scratching noises coming from roofs and walls, especially at night, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, be on the lookout for holes or burrows close to solid surfaces, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, keep your eyes open for faeces, they look just like large grains of rice and are darkish brown.


The one thing that rats like to do is burrow, and their favoured area to do it is adjacent to solid objects or structures like pathways, garages, shed bases and terraces. Useful for shelter, nesting places and food storage, rat burrows are dug into extensive systems which can even cause damage if they remain unchecked. The access points to burrows are usually worn smooth by endless comings and goings, so keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides near to solid structures. Generally 2" to 4" in diameter, entrances to rat burrows are not hard to identify. An effective way to ascertain if rats are nesting in the burrow is to throw a bit of rubbish into the hole and find out if it's been removed the next day.

St Helens pest control: ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services St Helens L34 5QQ, Able Pest 24/7 L8 0PA, Xpress Pest Control - St Helens WA9 3DR, ERG Wasp Control St Helens WA11 9PQ.

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