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Ascot Rat Catchers (SL5): Even though it is not such a frequent problem nowadays in Ascot, home owners still have troubles with rats from time to time. Spotting rats in your house or garden is not a nice thing to experience, and is enough to cause some home owners nightmares. Lone rats are not likely to cause much of a problem, but naturally rats reproduce rapidly and may begin to cause issues as they grow in numbers.

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There are actually 2 types of rat that you might spot in Ascot, brown (or common) rats and black rats. It's pretty improbable that you will ever see a black rat, and if you have spotted a rat just recently the chances are it will have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were at one time common and were blamed for the Great Plague, they are quite rare nowadays, though when they are found they've got an acute sense of hearing, are terrific climbers, and can produce between twenty and one hundred baby rats in a single year.

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The longest of the two rats is the common brown at around 9 inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5 to 7" long. Brown rats cause destruction because they've got to continually gnaw at stuff to stop their teeth from growing too much. They particularly love to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats leave behind droppings, spread diseases, gnaw through pipes, wires, woodwork and insulation, and are typically troublesome in homes and business premises throughout Ascot. The local authorities needs to be advised when there are sightings of rats. Or alternatively post a report to record pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which will be forwarded to your local authorities.

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It is not only by sight that you'll become aware of the existence of rats, their behaviour is oftentimes enough to enlighten you. It's possible you could come across rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings, you might notice droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you might hear scratching coming from a loft, floor or wall.

If you want to have this issue tackled properly you have to bring in a specialist. You could inform the local authority or call in a specialist Ascot pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. There are no longer so many people nowadays who only specialize in rat problems, you're also able to give them a call if you've got a problem with a wasp nest in your attic or perhaps moles causing damage.

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Kinds of Rat

You are only likely to run across 2 kinds of rat in Ascot, Berkshire and throughout the United Kingdom. These are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

The most prevalent rat found in the United Kingdom, and also in Europe, is the brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, common rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). This grey or brown coloured rat grows to lengths of 4-9" (plus the tail) and weighs in at 140-500g. Nowadays known to have originally come from Central Asia (almost certainly China), this rat was at one time believed to have arrived from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats are omnivores (eat virtually anything) though their favourite is cereals and grains, they have excellent hearing but poor eyesight, the females attain sexual maturity in just 5 weeks and are able to give birth to five litters per year (with as many as 14 young in each), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of the UK, the black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) first came to Europe from Southeast Asia (most likely India). Understood to have spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and the United Kingdom hidden in shipments of spice. At one time common in Great Britain, the black rat largely disappeared as the brown rat became dominant. Weighing in at only 75g to 230g, the black rat grows to a length of about five to seven inches. Known to cause toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, typhus, salmonella, trichinosis, bubonic plague, tularemia and listeria, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Have You Got Rats?

There are several ways that you can tell if you've got rats. When you've got suspicions that there might be rats in your business or property you could keep your eyes peeled for faeces, they look much like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, pay attention to gnawing in cables, wood and wires, particularly in lofts, look out for holes or burrows adjacent to solid objects, listen out for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, especially during the night, try to find signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil.

Rat Burrows

Digging is one thing that all rats really like to do and it is next to and beneath solid structures and objects like paths, garden shed bases, garage foundations and patios that they predominantly like to dig. They dig out extensive burrow networks that provide a nesting place, food storage and shelter. Look out for holes having smooth sides, which may have been polished by the frequent comings and goings of these busy creatures. If you notice holes but aren't certain that they're made by rats, they will usually be two to four inches in diameter. An effective way to find out if rats currently using that specific burrow is to throw some rubbish into the burrow entrance and find out if it has been cleared the next day.

Mouse Problems Ascot

Mice may be nearly as much of a concern as rats, especially if they get into your home. Mice, just like rats, leave droppings, breed rapidly, contaminate food and gnaw at stuff. Exactly the same techniques are typically used to solve mouse problems in Ascot, basically setting traps and poisoning are preferred. Ascot rat catchers can also help you get rid of mice infestations, so get in touch with one or pay a visit to BARK to get the problem resolved.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

With their pointy faces, furry bodies and twitchy whiskers, some folk might find rats and mice to be rather cute, however they're not the sort of animals that you want in your house or garden in Ascot, and can actually be more dangerous than you'd imagine. By gnawing through wood, insulation materials, plastic and electric wiring, mice and rats can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Over 30 different sorts of disease can be spread by rats and mice including toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, typhus, salmonella, trichinosis, bubonic plague, tularemia and listeria. So, below are just some of the things that are going to attract rats and mice to your home or garden:

  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of trash and garden waste stacked up on your property (especially in the garden) will unquestionably attract rodents.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Surprisingly heaps of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to rodents - they'll find plenty of tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in an attic, shed or basement will be especially attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there is a source of food close by.
  • WATER - Rats and mice need to drink, consequently water sources such as leaking pipes, pet bowls, birdbaths and dripping sprinkler systems are a big enticement for these unwelcome pests.
  • FOOD - Food that's left lying around or discarded is one of the main attractions for mice and rats.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of cracks and holes, so look out for spaces around doors, piping, roof vents and crawl spaces.

Of course rats and mice aren't only found in Ascot, they are just as likely to show up in Windsor, South Ascot, Wood End, Egham, Chavey Down, Sunningdale, Warfield, Bullbrook, Englefield Green, Virginia Water, Bracknell, Cheapside, Longcross, Windlesham, Winkfield Row, Sunninghill, North Ascot and other places in and around Berkshire.

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Home and business owners with rat problems in Ascot are occasionally tempted to have a go at resolving it themselves. So, if this happens to you, what should you do? There are a number of products offered to help you achieve this and you can buy rat poisons, rat traps and other similar products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Ascot. Hiring a competent Ascot rat exterminator would however be a better option, unless you know exactly what you're doing, seeing that the correct approach isn't necessarily the most obvious one. Due to the dangers to pets and children, the rookie's use of rat toxins is not usually recommended, and is often not effective in any case. You would be much better off enlisting the help of an expert whenever you need rat control in Ascot.

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(This pest control Ascot article was compiled on 06-10-2022)