Rat Catchers Tynemouth

Tynemouth Rat Catchers Contractors (NE30): Seeing rats in your garden or home can be quite a horrifying experience to go through even though it isn't such a regular occurrence in Tynemouth in recent times, it is definitely something that happens. Rats breed quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when they're seen in numbers. One incidence of a solitary rat probably won't be much of an issue, but if you happen to be observing them on a regular basis it's best to do something.

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There are actually two kinds of rat which you might spot in Tynemouth, black rats and brown (common) rats. It is fairly improbable that you will ever see a black rat, and if you have encountered a rat recently its likely to have been the more common brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are relatively rare nowadays, though where they do occur they're superb climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring every 12 months.

The largest of the 2 rats is the brown rat at about nine inches, whilst the black rat only measures 5" to 7" long. Brown rats can cause destruction as they need to constantly gnaw at stuff to prevent their teeth from getting too long. They particularly prefer to gnaw at timber.

An infestation of rats cause lots of different issues for home or business owners throughout Tynemouth, they will leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through pipes, wires, insulation and woodwork, spread diseases, and build nests. Any regular incidences of rats need to be reported to the local council. Additionally you can report rat and pest sightings on the .gov website HERE.

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It is not purely by sight that you'll become aware of the presence of rats, their actions are often enough to give warning. It is possible you may spot distinctive rat holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards, you could hear scratching noises coming from a loft, floor or wall, you could come across a rat's nest in some tucked away location or you might discover droppings in cupboards or on floors.

To remedy this problem there are a few approaches that you might take. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you can get in touch with the local Tynemouth authorities or you can hire the services of a rat catcher or pest removal specialist. In the past, rat catchers used to be simply that, but nowadays they are termed pest control experts and will not only be willing to help you manage getting rid of rats but also ants, mice, cockroaches, wasps, moles and much more.

Rat Prevention

Dissuading rats even before they appear is certainly the easiest way to avoid such issues. Therefore, even though you do not currently have a rat problem, deterring rats and rodents should be high on your list of priorities. One of the principal reasons for rat infestations is household rubbish in gardens. Giving them both the place and materials to build nests will only attract them. In addition, you should avoid providing easy foodstuffs by leaving household waste food around the garden and putting out bird seed feeders with grain that will only encourage rats.

Rat Traps Tynemouth

Rat Cage Rat traps are amongst the most reliable techniques for dealing with a rat situation, whether you're handling it yourself or bringing a professional in. Rat traps may be intended to exterminate rats or to compassionately capture a rat for release later. The capture type of trap are the optimal alternative for folks who don't like to think of animals harmed in any way whatsoever, even vermin. Rat traps can be found in all sizes and shapes and include: enclosed poison traps, cage traps, electronic rat traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Species of Rat

In Tynemouth or anywhere else in the British Isles, there's just 2 species of rat which you are likely to come across. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Tynemouth, the remainder of the British Isles and Continental Europe the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, street rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is what you are most likely to see in your home or garden. The brown rat (it can often be grey in colour) is typically 4" - 9" in length (without the tail) and weighs about 140 to 500 grams. It usually lives wherever human beings are living. Nowadays known to have originated in Central Asia (almost certainly China), this rat was at one time believed to have come from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats are omnivores (feed on any foodstuffs) although their favourite is grains and cereals, they've got poor eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats reach sexual maturity in only 5 weeks and can have five litters a year (up to 14 kittens in each litter), they dig extensively and climb well.

The Black Rat

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not native to the United Kingdom, originating from Southeast Asia (quite likely India). It's believed to have spread throughout Europe at the time of the Roman Empire, quite likely hidden in spice shipments. Quite uncommon now in Britain, this rat was for the most part driven out by the larger brown (common) rat. Weighing in at just 75 to 230 grams, the black rat grows to a length of about 5" to 7". Well known for causing diseases black rats may be to blame for bubonic plague, toxoplasmosis, typhus, listeria, salmonella, trichinosis and Weil's disease.

Do You Have Rats?

There are several ways that you can tell if you have rats. When you have an idea that there may be rats in your business or property you could be on the lookout for burrows or holes near to solid objects, search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, particularly in lofts, keep your eyes open for droppings (faeces), they're darkish brown and look just like large grains of rice, listen for scratching noises emanating from lofts and walls, especially at night, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings.


Burrowing and digging is one thing that rats really like to do and it's alongside solid structures and objects such as pathways, garages, terraces and garden shed bases where they particularly prefer to dig. Providing food storage, shelter and nesting, rat burrows are excavated into substantial systems which could even cause damage to structures if something isn't done. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a smooth sided hole close to a solid structure, where the movement of hairy bodies have polished the entrance hole. The burrow entrances are usually 2-4 inches in diameter. A smart way to find out if rats currently using that particular burrow is to chuck some rubbish into the entrance hole and see if it's been cleared the following day.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We will go into more detail now, although this subject was discussed earlier. The local authority Environmental Health Department is the place to report it if you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in a public space or in your own garden. Occasionally local councils will sort out issues with rats free of charge, but when you've got other pest infestations for instance cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps they'll normally charge. It is also possible to report sightings of rats using the .gov webpage which you can visit HERE. Click HERE to book your own rat catcher and get the issue resolved fast.

Of course rat infestations aren't just found in Tynemouth itself, they might crop up in Earsdon, Holystone, West Allotment, Cullercoats, Monkseaton, Willington Quay, Whitley Bay, Percy Main, South Shields, Murton Village, North Shields, Chirton, Wallsend, South Wellfield and other Tyne and Wear areas.

Tynemouth pest control: Xpress Pest Control - North Shields NE13 7BA, Able Pest 24/7 NE6 3XJ, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services North Shields NE25 0RN, L & R PEST CONTROL SERVICES NE34 0DZ.

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