Rat Catchers Tonbridge

Tonbridge Rat Catchers Contractors (TN9): Finding a rat in your garden or property is usually quite a frightening thing to go through and whilst it is not so regular an occurrence in Tonbridge in recent times, it's certainly something that does happen. Rats breed quickly and will likely cause issues, especially when they are present in numbers. A single incidence of a solitary rat won't be all that much of a concern, but if you happen to be observing them regularly you should seek help.

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If you happen to discover rats in Tonbridge, the chances are that they are going to be brown rats, though there are in fact 2 sorts of rats at present living in the UK; brown (or common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may perhaps know ship rats were the cause of the Great Plague (17th C) during which period they were extremely widespread. Black rats are quite scarce now and in fact neither species is native to Great Britain, both arriving from Asia.

The biggest of the two rat breeds is the common brown rat at approximately nine inches, while the black rat only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. To wear down their constantly growing incisor teetn, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at stuff, which explains why they're responsible for such a lot of damage. Wooden items are particularly susceptible to their gnawing.

Rats leave behind droppings, spread disease, gnaw through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, and are generally problematic in businesses and homes throughout Tonbridge. Any frequent sightings of rats should be reported to the local environmental health department. Or perhaps report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, to be passed onto the relevant local authorities.

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You will sometimes be alerted to the existence of rats not in fact by physically seeing them, but by them announcing their presence by other means. Perhaps you might encounter distinctive rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards, you might hear scratching coming from a wall, floor or loft, you might detect droppings in cupboards or on floors or you may find a rat's nest in some hidden location.

To solve this issue there are two or three approaches that you could consider. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you could find a rat removal specialist or you can speak to the local Tonbridge authorities. Long ago, rat catchers used to be precisely that, but at present they tend to be known as pest controllers and won't just be able to help you sort out getting rid of rats but also eliminating cockroaches, moles, wasps, mice, ants and many more. (Tags: Ratcatchers Tonbridge, Pest Control Tonbridge )

Rat Poisons

To some, a distasteful way to eliminate rat infestations is by using poison. Grains of wheat are laced with a poisonous compound and left for the rats to ingest, it takes only several days for them to perish. The placement of the poison is vital and will likely lead to the success or failure of this approach. Lethal ingredients that are widely-used in making rat poison includes: bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum. Pets can also be harmed by eating rat poisons, so be cautious. Brands of rat poison available in the United Kingdom include: Pest Expert, Rentokil, Propest, Roshield, RatKil and Elixir Gardens. (Tags: Rat Poison Tonbridge, Rat Poisons Tonbridge)

Molecatchers in Tonbridge

Some rat catchers in Tonbridge can also help with mole issues. Certainly not such detested creatures, moles bring about different issues than rats. It's out in the garden where you might have problems with moles, and lawns particularly are at risk of damage. Proof of their destructive activity can clearly be spotted in the shape of randomly scattered piles of earth on nicely mowed lawns. Moles can be captured in traps and then rereleased someplace else, if you favour the most humane option. (Tags: Mole Trapping Tonbridge, Molecatchers Tonbridge)

Kinds of Rat

In Tonbridge or anywhere else in the British Isles, there are just two sorts of rat that you are likely to encounter. They are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most widespread type of rat present in the United Kingdom, and also in Europe and North America, is the brown rat (street rat, common rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey) is commonly four to nine inches in length (excluding the tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It invariably lives wherever humans are living. This rodent was named Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) as it was believed to have arrived in the UK by ships from Norway. It is nowadays thought to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats have good hearing but poor eyesight, they dig extensive burrows and climb effectively, they are omnivores but favour grain cereals, the female rats will give birth to 5 litters of as many as 14 a year.

The Black Rat

Also not native to the United Kingdom, the black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) originally came to Europe from India. It's regarded as having spread through Europe in Roman times, probably traveling in spice shipments. The black rat was once a common sight in the UK but was basically driven out by the brown rat and is now pretty scarce. Growing to lengths of 5" to 7", this rat weighs in at only 75-230g. Black rats have a reputation for spreading a variety of diseases, most notably toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, listeria, salmonella, trichinosis, Weil's disease and typhus.

Have You Got Rats?

There are plenty of ways by which you can find out if you've got rats. If you have an inkling that there might be rats in your home or business you should listen closely for continual scratching noises emanating from walls and roofs, particularly at night, keep an eye out for rat droppings, they are darkish brown and look just like large grains of rice, watch out for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, try to find signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels next to solid objects, check for gnawing in cables, wires and wood, particularly in attics.

Rat Burrows

Burrowing is one thing that all rats really love to do and it is close to solid objects or structures such as patios, paths, garden shed bases and garage foundations that they especially prefer to dig. Rats excavate substantial burrow networks which are useful for food storage, a nesting place and shelter. The access points to rat burrows are often worn smooth by frequent motion, so look out for holes with smooth sides adjacent to solid surfaces. Normally 2" to 4" across, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to recognize. An effective way to learn if rats currently using that specific burrow is to throw some debris into the hole and check if it has been removed the following day.

Rat Sightings - Reporting

Here's more detail on a subject we discussed previously. If you discover rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space it is smart to report it to the local authority Environmental Health Department. Sometimes councils will sort out problems with rats at no cost, but when you have other infestations for example bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches they'll generally charge you. It's also very easy to report rat infestations using the Government (.gov) website which you can visit HERE. Click HERE to book your local rat catcher and get the matter resolved asap.

Problems With Mice

Mice could be just as much of an issue as rats, particularly when they get inside your home. While much smaller, mice will still contaminate food, gnaw at things, leave droppings and breed rapidly. Also, as with rats, poisoning and trapping are the favourite strategies to solving mouse problems in Tonbridge. When you've got a mouse infestation, Tonbridge rat catchers should be willing to help you fix this issue. Check out RATED PEOPLE and track down a pest control expert in your area.

Obviously rat infestations aren't just found in Tonbridge itself, they could also crop up in Barden Park, Hilden Park, Southborough, Parkers Green, Hadlow, East Peckham, Upper Haysden, Speldhurst, Tudeley, Five Oak Green, Penshurst, Hildenborough, Leigh, Higham Wood, Bidborough and other areas nearby.

Tonbridge pest control: Sabre Kent Ltd TN10 4AG, Xpress Pest Control - Tonbridge TN10 4HS, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Tonbridge TN10 4PU, Able Pest 24/7 TN13 1JW.

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