Rat Catchers Westhoughton

Westhoughton Rat Catchers Contractors (BL5): Whilst it isn't that commonplace nowadays, noticing rats in your house or garden in Westhoughton is not a pleasant thing to experience. One sighting of a rat should not be that much of an issue, however, if you spot the presence of rats more frequently or see multiple rats you may be heading for trouble because they reproduce so fast.

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Although neither of the 2 rat breeds currently found in the UK originate from these shores, they have clearly become well established. The brown rat is particularly common (hence its name) while the ship (black) rat just isn't so much so these days. Both varieties fled from Asia and got to the British Isles on ships.

The black rat at 5" to 7" long, is a bit smaller than the brown variety, which grows to a length of almost 9" and weighs about 500g. Most of the destruction attributable to brown rats is because to prevent their incisors from growing too long, they have to constantly gnaw things. They particularly choose to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, wires and insulation, transmit diseases, leave droppings, and generally cause problems in homes and business premises throughout Westhoughton. The local authority should be advised when there are sightings of rats. You can also report rat and pest problems on the .gov website online HERE.

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You'll from time to time identify the presence of rats not in fact by seeing them, but by them indicating their presence in other ways. Its possible you might hear scratching coming from a floor, wall or loft, you may find a rat's nest in some tucked away location, you could start seeing droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards or you might come across distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards.

Unless you wish to wait around for the local council to control your rat issues you could speak to a local Westhoughton pest controller or rat catcher who'll be a specialist in the area of pest removal. There are no longer all that many people nowadays who just specialise in rat catching, you can also call them if you have a problem with moles in your lawn or even a wasp nest in your attic.

Rat Poison

Putting down poison is perhaps one of the more horrible methods by which to eradicate rat infestations. Grains of wheat are laced using a poisonous substance and strategically left for rats to consume, it takes several days for them to perish. A substantial infestation of rats can soon be exterminated with this strategy provided that the poisoned bait is positioned effectively. One or more of 3 primary chemicals that are used in making rat poison are: difenacoum, brodifacoum or bromadioline. Pets and birds could also be killed as a result of rat poison, so be mindful. Well known brands of rat poison made in the UK include: Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens, Rentokil, Roshield, Propest and RatKil.

Have You Got Rats?

If you've got an inkling you could have rats in your business or home, there are a few means by which you could tell. You should watch out for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, keep an eye out for faeces, they're darkish brown and look just like large grains of rice, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels near to solid surfaces, listen for scratching noises coming from walls and attics, particularly at night, check for gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in attics.


If you have rats running around the garden, the chances are that there'll be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to burrow and they typically do this next to and beneath solid objects or structures such as garden sheds, paths, garage foundations and terraces. These are the best places to check if you think there are rats nearby. Providing food storage, nesting and shelter, burrows are dug into substantial systems that could even cause damage to structures if not nipped in the bud. The access points to burrows will often be worn smooth by the continuous movement, so keep your eyes open for holes with smooth sides next to and beneath solid surfaces. Should you spot holes but are not sure if they're rats, they will generally be 2" to 4" in diameter. It's possible to find out if rats are still using it by temporarily blocking up the burrow entrance to find out if they come back and remove it.

Westhoughton pest control: Able Pest 24/7 WA3 1EG, ERG Pest & Vermin Control Services Bolton M26 3TZ, Xpress Pest Control - Bolton WN2 1HF, Aardvark Pest Control WN6 0ES.

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