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Writtle Rat Catchers (CM1): Observing a rat in your garden or even inside your property could be rather a frightening experience even though it's not so regular an occurrence in Writtle in recent times, its definitely something that happens every once in awhile. Rats breed fairly quickly and can cause problems, especially when there are a lot of them. An individual incidence of a lone rat will possibly not be that much of a concern, but if you are seeing them often make sure you get some specialist advice.

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There are actually two types of rat that you might encounter in Writtle, common (brown) rats and black rats. It's rather unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you've encountered a rat just recently chances are it'll have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were once common and were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague, they're quite scarce nowadays, though when they are found they've got an acute sense of hearing, are superb climbers, and can give birth to between twenty and one hundred offspring in a single year.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7" long, isn't as big as the common brown rat, which reaches lengths of almost 9 inches and weighs in at close to half a kilo. To prevent their incisors from growing too long, brown rats have to keep gnawing at stuff, which is why they're the cause of so much damage. Items made of wood are especially more prone to this gnawing.

Rats transmit diseases, gnaw through wires, insulation, pipes and woodwork, leave droppings, and will generally cause problems in homes and businesses in and around Writtle. Sightings of rats should always be reported to the local council. Or otherwise click HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You don't always need to observe rats to know of their existence, due to the fact that there are a few signs that can betray their activity. It's possible you may stumble upon a rat's nest in some tucked away location, you might observe rat holes chewed in skirtings or floorboards, you may hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft or you may find droppings in cupboards or on the floor.

If you are going to have this problem tackled correctly you should call in an expert. You could inform your local environmental health department or hire the services of a professional Writtle rat catcher or pest controller yourself. In centuries past, rat catchers used to be just that, but currently they are known as pest controllers and will not only be capable of helping you with rat problems but also eliminating moles, mice, wasps, ants, cockroaches and much more.

Rat Traps: Rat traps are one of the techniques for dealing with a rat problem, no matter if you are handling it yourself or bringing a professional in. Nowadays there are various different sorts of rat trap on the market, giving you a choice of capture solutions. Should you be averse to the harming of animals, maybe the capture style trap will be the perfect solution. If you look around you should find plenty of different designs such as: spring loaded bait traps, electronic rat traps, enclosed poison traps and cage traps.

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Rat Poisons: Poisoning is perhaps one of the more horrible methods by which to get rid of rat infestations. This is achieved by leaving a poison laced bait, which is subsequently eaten by the rat causing its death a few days later. A large infestation of rats may be killed with this procedure so long as the poison is placed correctly. One or more of three key chemicals that are used in making rat poison are: bromadioline, brodifacoum or difenacoum. Be careful to keep these poisons out of reach of dogs and cats. Brands of rat poison in Great Britain include: Propest, Rentokil, Roshield, RatKil, Pest Expert and Elixir Gardens. (Tags: Rat Poison Writtle, Rat Poisons Writtle)

Types of Rat

You are only likely to come across two sorts of rat in Writtle and throughout the British Isles. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus):

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or street rat) is the most commonly found rat in the UK and throughout Continental Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured creature reaches lengths of 4" - 9" (plus tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. This rodent was named Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) since it was deemed to have come to the British Isles by boat from Norway. The brown rat is now thought to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats climb well and dig burrows, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the females can produce up to five litters per year, they feed on pretty much any foodstuffs (they are omniverous) but prefer cereal grains.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus):

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus) roof rat or ship rat is also not a native of the United Kingdom, originating from India. It's thought to have spread to Europe in Roman times, possibly traveling in cargoes of spice. Pretty uncommon nowadays in the UK, the black rat was for the most part driven out by the larger brown (common) rat. Weighing just 75g to 230g, the black rat reaches a length of five to seven inches. Notorious for spreading disease black rats are often to blame for toxoplasmosis, typhus, tularemia, trichinosis, salmonella, listeria, rat bite fever, bubonic plague and Weil's disease.

Checking for Rats: When you have an idea that you could have rats in your home or business, there are a variety of ways by which you can find out. You should look out for tunnels or burrows close to solid objects, hunt for signs of footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, keep an eye out for droppings, they are darkish brown and look similar to large grains of rice, listen closely for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and roofs, particularly at night, pay attention to gnawing in cables, wires and wood, particularly in lofts, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirting boards and walls.

Rat Burrows: When you have rats appearing in your garden, the chances are that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to dig burrows and they often do this alongside solid objects or structures like garages, paths, garden sheds and terraces. These are the places to look if you think you have rats in the area. They create extensive burrow networks that provide shelter, a nesting place and food storage. The entrances to rat burrows tend to be worn smooth by continuous movement, so keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides close to solid surfaces. The burrow entrances are usually around 2" to 4" across. You should check if rats are still using it by partially blocking up the entrance to see if they return and remove it.

Reporting Rats

We briefly brought up this earlier, so now we will go into it a bit more. If you spot rats in a neighbours garden, in a public space or in your own garden it is sensible to report it to the local authorities. Some local councils will solve issues with rats free of charge, however if you've got other infestations such as bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches they'll quite often require payment. Sightings of rats can also be reported using the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. To get the issue taken care of quickly book a rat catcher HERE.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

Though some folks in Writtle might consider them to be quite cute with their fur covered bodies, twitching whiskers and pointy faces, mice and rats are not creatures that you want living in your house or garden, and they can actually be dangerous to have around. By chewing through electrical wires, insulation materials, floorboards and plastic, mice and rats can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Between them rats and mice can spread over thirty forms of diseases including conditions like toxoplasmosis, typhus, tularemia, trichinosis, salmonella, listeria, rat bite fever, bubonic plague and Weil's disease. Among the things around your garden and property that will be attractive to rats and mice are:

  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so be on the lookout for gaps around piping, entrances, crawl spaces and roof vents.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of garbage and garden waste heaped up on your property (especially in the garden) will attract rodents.
  • WATER - Rats and mice need to drink like any other creature, so sources of water such as pet water bowls, dripping sprinkler systems, birdbaths and leaky pipes are a big attraction for these pests.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Surprisingly compost heaps and even pet waste can be attractive to rats and mice - they will find plenty of tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • FOOD - Food that's left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in cellar, loft or gardenshed will be particularly attractive to rodents, especially if there's a food source nearby.
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When you've got a rat problem in Writtle you may be tempted to try to solve it on your own - and obviously lots of people in Writtle do choose that course of action. There are plenty of products that are currently available to help you accomplish this and you'll buy rat traps, rat poisons and other products in supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Writtle area. Nevertheless, unless you know exactly what you are at, it is possibly better to appoint an expert rat exterminator, who will have dealt with such problems thousands of times previously, and will know exactly what the ideal solution is. Due to the dangers to pets and children, the novice's use of rat poison isn't really advised, and is often not effective in any case. If you've any doubts, get in touch with the professionals for rat control in Writtle.

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