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Airdrie Rat Catchers (ML6): Observing a rat in your home or garden is usually quite a horrifying experience to go through although it's not such a regular occurrence in Airdrie these days, it's definitely something that does happen every so often. Rats tend to breed very quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when they are seen in numbers. A single incidence of a solitary rat probably won't be all that much of an issue, however if you happen to be observing them regularly you'll want to seek help.

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There are actually 2 sorts of rat which you might encounter in Airdrie, black rats and brown (common) rats. It's pretty unlikely that you will ever come across black rats, and if you have stumbled upon a rat just recently the chances are it'll have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were blamed for the Great Plague, they're fairly scarce now, however when they are seen they have an acute sense of hearing, are exceptional climbers, and the females can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats each year.

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The biggest of the 2 rat breeds is the brown at about 9", whilst the black rat only grows to between 5" and 7". Brown rats may cause destruction as they have to constantly chew on stuff to prevent their teeth from getting too long. Timber is especially more prone to this interest.

Rats leave droppings, transmit disease, gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, wires and insulation, and are generally troublesome in businesses and homes in Airdrie. Householders must always report sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. Or perhaps post a report recording pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which is passed onto your local authority.

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You'll in some cases discover the presence of rats not by actually physically observing them, but by them indicating their existence by other means. Perhaps you may uncover a rat's nest in some concealed location, you might discover droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards, you could hear scratching noises coming from a loft, floor or wall or you might come across holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards.

To deal with this problem there are various approaches you could consider. You could set traps or poison yourself, you can track down a rat catcher or you can get hold of your local Airdrie environmental health. There are no longer that many people these days who only specialize in rat catching, you can also give them a call if you have a wasp nest in your loft space or maybe moles causing damage to your lawn. (Tags: Ratcatchers Airdrie, Pest Control Airdrie )

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Signs of Rat Infestations

There are numerous ways by which you can tell when you've got rats. If you have an idea that there may be rats in your property or business you should watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, search for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, listen out for scratching noises coming from rooves and walls, especially during the night, check for gnawing in wood, cables and wires, especially in lofts, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look similar to large grains of rice and are dark brown, look out for burrows or tunnels alongside solid objects.


The one thing which rats love to do is dig and burrow, and the area that they most like to do it is at the side of solid objects or structures like shed bases, garage foundations, patios and walkways. Useful for shelter, nesting places and food storage, burrows are excavated into substantial networks that can even cause damage to buildings if allowed to continue unchecked. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is a hole with smooth sides adjacent to a solid surface, where the comings and goings of furry creatures have rubbed and polished the burrow entrance. Generally approximately 2-4 inches in diameter, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to identify. You can check if rats are about by partially blocking up the burrow entrance to ascertain if they come back and remove it.

What Attracts Rats?

With their twitching whiskers, fur covered bodies and pointy faces, some folk might find mice and rats to be cute, however they're certainly not the sort of animals that you want to be living in your house or garden in Airdrie, and can actually be more dangerous than you would expect. By nibbling through electrical cables, plastic, wood and plasterboard, rats and mice can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Between the two mice and rats can spread more than 30 sorts of diseases including conditions like bubonic plague, tularemia, rat bite fever, listeria, typhus, Weil's disease, trichinosis, salmonella and toxoplasmosis. Among the things that will definitely attract mice and rats to your garden and home are:

  • TRASH/RUBBISH - Accumulations of junk and garden waste piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will certainly attract rodents.
  • WATER - Busy little rats and mice need to drink, therefore water sources like pet bowls, birdbaths, leaky pipes and seeping sprinkler systems are a big enticement for these unwanted pests.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in cellar, loft or gardenshed will be particularly attractive to rodents, especially if there is a source of food nearby.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so be on the lookout for spaces around pipes, air vents, crawl spaces and doors.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Surprisingly pet waste and even piles of compost can attract rats and mice - they will find a few tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is one of the main attractions for rats and mice.

Of course rats and mice are not only an issue in Airdrie itself, they could occur in Glenboig, Chapelhall, Gartcosh, Holytown, Bellshill, Wattson, Chryston, Salsburgh, Viewpark, Stepps, Coatbridge, Muirhead, Newhouse, Plains, Bargeddie, Uddingston, Baillieston, Calderbank and additional places close by.

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Having a rat problem in Airdrie is something that most of us fear, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you might be tempted to try to resolve it yourself. By looking in supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in and around Airdrie, it's pretty easy to buy rat traps, rat poisons and other solutions. Even so, unless you are aware of what you're doing, it is possibly wise to seek the services of an experienced rat exterminator, who'll have dealt with this issue hundreds of times before, and will know automatically what the most effective solution is. In many instances the novice's use of rat poisons is simply not all that effective, and can even do more harm than good - do you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your children and pets? If you know what is best for you, always use a specialist rat control service in Airdrie for a solution to your rat problems. (Tags: Rat Removal Airdrie, Rat Control Airdrie, Rat Exterminator Airdrie)

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(This pest control Airdrie article was compiled on 28-11-2023)