Rat Catchers Walkden

Walkden Rat Catchers Contractors (M28): Even while it's not really a common problem in Walkden nowadays, householders do have trouble with rats every now and then. Seeing a rat in your garden or inside your property is not a nice experience, and would be enough to give some people nightmares. Individual rats don't really cause very much of an issue, however rats tend to breed rapidly and will cause problems as they grow in numbers.

Rat Catchers Walkden Greater Manchester M28

There are two kinds of rat which you may run into in Walkden, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its pretty unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you've stumbled upon a rat fairly recently it's likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were at one time common and were blamed for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly rare nowadays, but where they are seen they've got good hearing, are exceptional climbers, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring every 12 months.

The largest of the 2 rats is the common brown at around 9 inches, whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5" to 7" long. To wear down their continually growing incisors, brown rats have to keep on gnawing at things, which is the reason they're responsible for such a lot of damage and destruction. Rats especially love to gnaw on woodwork.

Rat infestations lead to a number of issues for business owners and householders throughout Walkden, they'll transmit diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw through insulation, woodwork, wires and pipes, and build nests. The local authority must be advised whenever rats are observed. Or perhaps post a report to record incidences of rats and other pest problems on the .gov website HERE, which is passed onto your local authority.

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You may not have to physically see rats to know of their existence, since there are a few revealing signs that will betray their presence. Its possible you might hear noises coming from a loft, floor or wall, you might notice droppings in cupboards or on floors, you might spot distinctive rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings or you may come upon a rat's nest in some hidden location.

If you don't want to wait around for the local environmental health authority to remedy this problem it's also possible to speak to a local Walkden rat catcher or pest controller who'll be qualified in the area of pest removal. Long ago, rat catchers were simply that, however at present they're usually called pest controllers and won't only be happy to help with rat problems but also resolving problems with cockroaches, wasps, ants, mice, moles and many more.

Walkden Mole Catching

Rat catchers in Walkden are occasionally also contacted to deal with another issue, ie moles. In no way such detested animals, moles cause different problems to rats. The main issue with moles is they will cause a fair amount of damage to your garden, particularly lawns. Evidence of their activity can be plainly spotted in the shape of randomly scattered piles of earth on nicely mowed lawns. Trapping is far and away the most acceptable and humane way to reduce the incidence of moles.

Have You Got Rats?

If you've got suspicions that you may have rats in your property or business, there are a variety of ways by which you are able to find out. You can keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from walls and lofts, especially at night, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, hunt for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, look out for burrows or tunnels near to solid objects.


Burrowing and digging is something that rats love to do and it's close to solid objects or structures like terraces, garage foundations, pathways and garden shed bases that they mainly like to dig. Providing them with shelter, food storage and nesting places, burrows are excavated into substantial networks that may even cause damage if allowed to continue unchecked. The entrances to burrows are generally worn smooth by continuous coming and going, so keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides at the side of solid structures. If you spot holes but aren't certain that they are rats, they'll usually be approximately 2" to 4" across. You can check if rats are in situ by temporarily blocking the burrow entrance to ascertain if they return and remove it.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We briefly discussed this previously, so here I'll go into it a bit more. The local council is the place to report it if you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in a public place or in your own garden. Certain local councils will solve problems with rats cost-free, however when you have other pest infestations for example wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs they'll normally charge. You can go to the .gov webpage HERE to report sightings of rats. You can obviously schedule a local rat catcher to come over and sort out the situation by clicking HERE.

Mouse Problems Walkden

Mice can be equally as much of an issue as having rats, particularly if they find their way into your property. The same as rats, mice gnaw at things, contaminate foodstuffs, leave droppings, breed quickly and are generally an annoyance. Also, like with rats, poisoning and setting traps are the favourite techniques for dealing with mouse infestations in Walkden. Walkden rat catchers will also be glad to help you solve mouse infestations, so get on the phone or head to RATED PEOPLE to get the problem resolved.

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