Pest Control Appleton Thorn

Appleton Thorn Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Appleton Thorn Rat Catchers (WA4): While it isn't such a common occurrence nowadays in Appleton Thorn, folks do still have trouble with rats on occasion. Spotting rats in your garden or inside your home is not a pleasant thing to experience, and could be sufficient to cause some householders nightmares. Single rats should not cause very much of an issue, however rats tend to breed quickly and can cause problems as their numbers rise.

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If you do see rats in Appleton Thorn, the likelihood is that they'll be common brown rats, though there are in fact two sorts of rat at present found in the UK; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may know black rats were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague of the 17th Century at which time they were quite widespread. Black rats are relatively rare now and actually neither type is native to the United Kingdom, both hailing from from Asia.

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Brown rats are ordinarily bigger than black rats weighing in at half a kilogram and reaching lengths of nearly 9 inches. Brown rats can cause damage as they need to continuously gnaw on stuff to prevent their teeth from getting too long. They especially prefer to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats may cause lots of problems in businesses and homes in Appleton Thorn and they gnaw their way through insulation, wires, pipes and woodwork, leave behind droppings, spread diseases, and are generally troublesome. Incidences of rats ought to be reported to the local council. Or perhaps report incidences of rats and pests on the .gov website HERE, that will be forwarded to the relevant local authorities.

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It is not purely by appearance that you'll become aware of the presence of rats, their behaviour is often quite enough to enlighten you. It could be that you may encounter distinctive rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings, you may hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor, you might find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you might notice droppings in cupboards or on floors.

To remedy this issue there are two or three approaches you might take. You could lay down poison or traps yourself, you could bring in a rat removal expert or you could get hold of your local Appleton Thorn environmental health department. In these modern times rat catchers normally come under the umbrella of pest control, and pest control specialists not only deal with rats but also fleas, mice, moles, cockroaches, bedbugs, wasps and many more types of garden and domestic pests.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Appleton Thorn and also in: Higher Walton, Dudlows Green, Stockton Heath, Latchford, Hatton, Warrington, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Chester, Bradley Brook, Lymm, Stretton, Appleton, Walton, Antrobus, Sworton Heath, together with these postcodes WA4 4SG, WA4 3HA, WA4 4QT, WA4 4SH, WA4 4RX, WA4 3HW, WA4 4SJ, WA4 4SN, CW9 6NY, WA4 5HQ. Locally based Appleton Thorn rat catchers will most likely have the dialling code 01925 and the postcode WA4. Checking this should confirm you access local pest control. Appleton Thorn homeowners can utilise these and lots of other pest related services.

Types of Rat

There are two types of rat which you may come across in Appleton Thorn, Cheshire or in fact any place else in the British Isles. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Appleton Thorn, the remainder of the UK and Continental Europe the commonest kind of rat is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, common rat or sewer rat), this is what you will sometimes see in your home or garden. This grey or brown coloured creature attains lengths of 4" - 9" (plus the tail) and weights 140-500g. Even though once believed to have spread from Norway, the brown rat is now known to have come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats are omnivores (feed on just about anything) though their favourite is grains and cereals, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats attain sexual maturity in five weeks and often have 5 litters every year (up to 14 in each), they climb well and dig a lot.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in India and Southeast Asia the black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of the UK or Europe. Quite possibly traveling in spice shipments at the time of the Roman Empire, the black rat consequently spread through Europe. The black rat was at one time widespread in the British Isles however was largely ousted by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often seen. This rat gets to lengths of 5" to 7" and weights of 75-230g. Black rats are notorious for spreading many different diseases, notably bubonic plague, typhus, tularemia, rat bite fever, trichinosis, salmonella, listeria, toxoplasmosis and Weil's disease.

Signs of Rats

There are numerous ways that you can tell if you have rats. When you have an inkling that there may be rats in your property or business you should listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and rooves, especially during the night, keep an eye out for droppings, they look just like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, search for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, look out for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid surfaces, pay attention to gnawing in wires, cables and wood, especially in lofts.

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Discouraging rats long before they show up is the most effective way to avoid having problems with them. Consequently, deterring rats and mice ought to be a thing to look at even when you do not presently have rat problems. Among the primary reasons behind rat and mouse infestations is domestic rubbish littering gardens. You will simply attract rats if you give them both the place and materials to build nests. If there is also a lot of food available these rats think they're in paradise, so be mindful that traditional bird feeders can attract rats, particularly when they are susceptible to spillages, and domestic food waste shouldn't be accessible. (Tags: Rat Deterrents Appleton Thorn, Rat Prevention Appleton Thorn)

Mole Problems

A few rat catchers in Appleton Thorn will also help you with mole problems. Moles can cause problems in another way to to rats and aren't hated anywhere near so much. The main trouble with moles is that they will cause considerable damage to your garden, and in particular lawns. The sight of mounds of earth in the middle of a nicely manicured lawn are the proof of mole activity. Moles could be caught in traps and then released elsewhere, if you favour the most humane resolution.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although, in Great Britain, bites from rats are not that common, they do happen every now and then, and the consequences can be serious in some scenarios. Rats can bite humans when they feel pressured or cornered, therefore in confined spaces it's wise to keep out of their way, and leave them a clear exit route.

Rat bites have been known to occur in properties where rats are being kept as pets, and pushing your hand into a rat's cage is definitely something you should avoid. Rat bites aren't necessarily dangerous, but should be avoided if possible, and they can become infected or be life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). "Rat bite fever" (RBF) can result in death in 10% of cases, if it is left without treatment.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - The symptoms and signs of "rat bite fever" can include:

  • Joint Pain
  • Swelling or Redness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain

You should promptly wash the affected area with warm water, if you get bitten by a rat, and then put on an antibiotic ointment, and finally cover it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. Even if you don't consider that it's too severe, you should get it checked out at your closest A&E, or book an emergency appointment at your local doctor's surgery. If you haven't had a tetanus vaccine in the last five years or so, it might be wise to get one of these as well - A&E will probably do this as routine.

Problems With Mice

Mice may be nearly as much of a problem as rats, particularly when they find their way inside your property. While a lot smaller, mice are still going to gnaw at stuff, leave droppings, contaminate food and breed rapidly. Exactly the same methods are usually used to solve mouse problems in Appleton Thorn, this means that poisoning and trapping are preferred. When you have a mouse infestation, Appleton Thorn rat catchers should be very happy to help clear up this issue. Visit BARK and get a pest controller in your area.

Rat Poison

One somewhat unpleasant way to remedy an infestation of rats is to use poison. This is accomplished by setting a bait laced with poison, that is then swallowed by the rat causing its death within a few days. The positioning of the rat poison is critical and will likely be responsible for the failure or success of this procedure. One or more of 3 primary components that are used in making rat poisons are: difenacoum, bromadioline or brodifacoum. Rat poison does not only kill rats, cats and dogs can also be affected, therefore care needs to be taken in using it. Well known brands of rat poison available in Great Britain include: Roshield, Propest, Rentokil, RatKil, Elixir Gardens and Pest Expert.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We briefly mentioned this before, so here let's go into it a bit more. Should you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in a public space or in your own garden it's smart to report it to the local authorities. Sometimes councils will sort out rats cost-free, however if you've got other pest infestations for instance bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches they'll very often charge. It is also easy to report rats on the .gov website which you can visit HERE. Click HERE to book your own rat catcher and get the matter tackled without delay.


When you have a problem with rats in Appleton Thorn you may be tempted to try to resolve it yourself - and of course countless property owners in Appleton Thorn do just that. By looking in supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Appleton Thorn area, it is pretty easy to obtain rat poisons, rat traps and other similar solutions.

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Bringing in an expert Appleton Thorn rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know exactly what you are doing, as the correct solution isn't necessarily the most obvious one.

The amateur use of rat toxins is likely to do more harm than good, seeing that you've got to be incredibly cautious with them when pets and children are about. If you know what is best for you, always use an experienced rat control service in Appleton Thorn for a solution to your rat problems.

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Rat Control Around Appleton Thorn: Rat problems have recently been resolved in these Appleton Thorn areas - Woodstock Gardens, Bernard Avenue, Highfield Avenue, Southway Avenue, Melrose Avenue, St Mary's Close, Birchways, Park Crescent, Astor Drive, Weybridge Close, Chiswick Gardens, Barshaw Gardens, Ashberry Drive, Mere View Gardens, Shillingford Close, Lyncastle Road, Dudlow Green Road, Pembroke Gardens, Cann Lane North, St Monicas Close, Dingleway, Westcliff Gardens, Cedarways, Broomfields Road, Firs Lane, Waterside, Cambridge Gardens, Chapel Lane, Springholm Drive, as well as these Appleton Thorn area postcodes: WA4 4SG, WA4 3HA, WA4 4QT, WA4 4SH, WA4 4RX, WA4 3HW, WA4 4SJ, WA4 4SN, CW9 6NY, WA4 5HQ. These places recently saw activity by specialists in pest control. Appleton Thorn home and business owners received trusted and reliable pest control services on every occasion.

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(This pest control Appleton Thorn article was created on 13-04-2023)