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Armthorpe Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Armthorpe Rat Catchers (DN3): Although it's not that commonplace in these modern times, spotting a rat in your garden or home in Armthorpe is not really a great experience. One rat sighting shouldn't be that much of a problem, however, if you witness rats more frequently or spot multiple rats you might be heading for trouble as they breed so quickly.

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Even though neither of the 2 sorts of rat currently found in the UK are native to these shores, they have clearly made themselves at home. The brown rat is especially widespread while the black (ship) rat isn't so much so nowadays. Both of these types fled from Asia and got to the United Kingdom as stowaways on boats.

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The black rat at 5 to 7" long, is not as large as the brown rat, which grows to lengths of nearly nine inches and weighs close to half a kilo. To wear down their constantly growing incisor teetn, common brown rats must keep on gnawing at things, which explains why they are the cause of such a lot of damage. Items made of wood are especially more prone to their gnawing.

Rats leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through woodwork, wires, insulation and pipes, spread disease, and are basically troublesome in homes and businesses throughout Armthorpe. The local council really should be notified whenever rats are spotted. Also you can report rat and pest sightings on the .gov website HERE.

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You won't need to actually witness rats to confirm their existence, due to the fact that there are many revealing signs which may warn you of their presence. Perhaps you could spot distinctive rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards, you could hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you could find droppings in cupboards or on floors or you could find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere.

To remedy this problem there are various approaches that you might take. You could lay out poison or traps yourself, you can get in touch with the local Armthorpe environmental health department or you can look for a pest controller who specialises in rat removal. There are not a lot of folks nowadays who only specialise in rat catching, you can also contact them if you have a problem with moles digging up your lawn or even a wasp nest in your loft area.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Armthorpe and also nearby in: Arksey, Edenthorpe, Doncaster, Rossington, Sandtoft, Branton, Dunscroft, Stainforth, Bessacarr, Barnby Dun, Hatfield Woodhouse, Old Cantley, Lindholme, Kirk Sandall, Dunsville, and in these postcodes DN3 2HL, DN3 3EY, DN3 2BG, DN3 2HN, DN3 3EN, DN3 2BU, DN3 3DA, DN3 2AS, DN3 3EQ, DN3 2BB. Locally based Armthorpe pest controllers will likely have the telephone code 01302 and the postcode DN3. Checking this will make sure that you're accessing local pest control. Armthorpe property owners can benefit from these and many other similar services.

Molecatchers in Armthorpe

While not such a commonplace pest nowadays moles are occasionally dealt with by rat catchers. Moles can cause issues in different ways to rats and aren't detested anywhere near as much. The biggest problem with moles is that they cause a fair amount of damage to your garden, particularly lawns. Evidence of their destructive activity can be plainly spotted in the shape of scattered piles of earth on beautifully manicured lawns. Moles are usually captured in traps and rereleased elsewhere, if you favour a more humane option.

Rat Bites

Whilst they are by no means one of the most commonplace injuries inflicted on people in Britain, from time to time bites from rats do occur, and the implications can sometimes be serious. If you stumble upon a rat in a confined space, it could attack and bite you if it feels threatened or cornered, therefore leave an easy exit route and try to avoid it.

You would think that people would be cautious about pushing their hand into a rat's cage, however as rats are often kept as pets, this is an increasing cause of rat bites. Even though rat bites are not dangerous in all instances, they must be avoided wherever possible, and can turn nasty or even fatal if they turn into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). "Rat bite fever" (RBF) has a 10% mortality rate, if it is left untreated.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - The symptoms of "rat bite fever" can include:

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

If are bitten by a rat you should promptly wash the wound with warm water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it up with a clean bandage. You must make an appointment to see your GP, or head to the nearest hospital A&E unit, even if it doesn't seem that major. Having a tetanus jab is also sensible, particularly if it's more than 5 years since you've had one.

Have You Got Rats?

There are plenty of ways that you can find out if you have rats. If you have an inkling that there could be rats in your business or property you should pay attention to gnawing in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, be on the lookout for burrows or holes next to solid objects, try to find tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, watch for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, listen closely for constant scratching noises coming from walls and attics, particularly at night, keep an eye out for rat droppings, they are dark brown and look similar to large grains of rice.

Reporting Rats and Pests

We talked about this subject previously, so here let's go into it a bit more. The local council is where you should report it if you see rats in a public place, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Certain local authorities offer a free service for rat problems but payment is often required for most infestations like wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. You can go to the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report sightings of rats. Click HERE to arrange your own rat catcher and get the problem sorted out fast.

Mouse Problems Armthorpe

Mice may be nearly as much of an issue as having rats, especially if they get into your property. While a lot smaller, mice are still going to gnaw at stuff, leave droppings, contaminate foodstuffs and breed rapidly. The resolution to mouse infestations in Armthorpe are quite similar to those employed for rats ie trapping and poisoning. Armthorpe rat catchers will also be happy to help you with mice infestations, so get in touch with one or go to BARK and get the issue resolved.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

Though some people in Armthorpe may consider them cute with their twitching whiskers, pointy faces and furry bodies, mice and rats are definitely not animals that you want to be living in your house or garden, and can even be dangerous to have around. By gnawing through plastic, electric wiring, floorboards and insulation materials, mice and rats can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Between them mice and rats can spread over thirty kinds of diseases including conditions like listeria, rat bite fever, salmonella, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, tularemia, Weil's disease and typhus. Among the things around your home and garden that are attractive to rats and mice are:

  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • TRASH/RUBBISH - Accumulations of junk and garden waste heaped up on your property (particularly in the garden) will definitely attract rodents.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Incredibly pet waste and even heaps of compost can be attractive to rats and mice - there are some tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Mice and rats can squeeze through the tiniest of holes, so look out for spaces around grills, pipes, crawl spaces and doors.
  • WATER - Busy mice and rats have to drink like any other living creature, subsequently sources of water like pet water bowls, birdbaths, leaky pipes and dripping sprinkler systems are a big attraction for these unwelcome pests.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in loft, gardenshed or cellar will be particularly attractive to rodents, especially if there's a source of food nearby.

Rat Poison

One of the means by which to cure a rat infestation is to put down poison. Wholewheat grains are covered with a poisonous compound and strategically left for the rats to eat, it then takes them a few days to perish. A significant accumulation of rats can soon be exterminated with this method providing the poison bait is placed properly. Commonly difenacoum, bromadioline or brodifacoum are the poisons used. Pets may also be killed by eating rat poisons, so be cautious. Rat poison brands in Armthorpe include the likes of: Propest, Rentokil, RatKil, Roshield, Elixir Gardens and Pest Expert. (Tags: Rat Poison Armthorpe, Rat Poisons Armthorpe)


Digging and burrowing is a thing that all rats really like to do and it is next to and beneath solid structures and objects such as paths, patios, garages and shed bases where they especially like to dig. Providing them with nesting, shelter and food storage, rat burrows are dug into extensive networks which may even cause damage if they remain unchecked. The entrances to rat burrows are often worn smooth by the continuous ins and outs, so watch out for holes with smooth sides next to and beneath solid surfaces. Normally two to four inches across, entrance holes to rat burrows are normally fairly easy to spot. Toss some debris into the burrow entrance and check the following day to find out whether it's been moved. This should show if the rats are still about.

Rat Traps

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Whether you're intending to handle the rat situation yourself or whether you are hiring professional rat catchers, one of the ways to accomplish this is to use rat traps. Rat traps can be created to exterminate rats or to humanely capture rats for release later. The capture style are the right alternative for individuals who don't like to see creatures being harmed in any way, even pests. If you look around you should find plenty of varying designs such as: spring loaded bait traps, enclosed poison traps, cage traps and electronic rat traps.

Kinds of Rat

There are two species of rat which you're likely to run into in Armthorpe or any place else in the British Isles for that matter. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Armthorpe, the remainder of the UK and Europe the commonest species of rat is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, sewer rat or common rat), this is what you might discover in your home or garden. The brown rat (it can often be grey) is ordinarily 4-9 inches in length (not including the tail) and weighs about 140 - 500 grammes. It almost always lives wherever humans are living. This species was given its name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since it was believed to have spread to the UK by ships from Norway. It's now considered to have originated in Central Asia/China. Brown rats are omniverous (eat more or less anything) though they prefer to eat grains and cereals, they've got an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats attain sexual maturity in only five weeks and may produce five litters a year (with up to 14 pups in each), they burrow a lot and climb well.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not native to the British Isles, originating in Southeast Asia (probably India). Believed to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat very likely reached Continental Europe and Great Britain via spice shipments. The black rat was once widespread in Britain however was essentially ousted by the larger brown rat and is now not often found. Weighing only 75g to 230g, the black rat grows to a length of 5" to 7". Known to pass on listeria, rat bite fever, salmonella, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, tularemia, Weil's disease and typhus, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

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Homeowners with a rat problem in Armthorpe are occasionally tempted to have a crack at solving it themselves. So, if this happens to you, what ought you to do? Rat traps, rat poisons and other similar merchandise is available in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Armthorpe, so the stuff you need can be easily obtained.

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Contacting an expert Armthorpe rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless of course you know precisely what you're up to, since the correct solution isn't necessarily the obvious one.

Most of the time the amateur use of rat toxins is simply not that helpful, and may even cause more problems than it solves - would you really want to take the chance of doing harm to your pets and children? If you've got any doubts, bring in the professionals for your rat control needs in Armthorpe. (Tags: Rat Removal Armthorpe, Rat Control Armthorpe, Rat Exterminator Armthorpe)

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Rat Control Around Armthorpe: Rat issues have recently been resolved in the following Armthorpe areas and streets - Hawthorn Avenue, Old School Close, Elm Place, Wickett Hern Road, Milton Grove, Haller Close, Ramsker Drive, Walstow Crescent, Lincolnshire Way, Barber Close, Fernbank Drive, Toftstead, George Street, Cranfield Close, Greenfield Close, Park Close, Hawksley Close, Hazel Grove, Woodlea Grove, Fiddlers Drive, Eastfield Road, St Mary's Drive, Haldynby Gardens, Hallcroft Drive, Handsworth Gardens, Hawksley Court, as well as the following local Armthorpe postcodes: DN3 2HL, DN3 3EY, DN3 2BG, DN3 2HN, DN3 3EN, DN3 2BU, DN3 3DA, DN3 2AS, DN3 3EQ, DN3 2BB. Work was completed in these areas by specialists in pest control. Armthorpe homeowners benefited from trusted and reliable pest control services.

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(This pest control Armthorpe article was created on 06-10-2022)