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Ashtead Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Ashtead Rat Catchers (KT21): Although it is not so commonplace at present, seeing rats in your home or garden in Ashtead is not a nice thing to experience. One single rat sighting should not be that much of an issue, nevertheless, if you see the presence of rats more frequently or notice several rats you might be in trouble as they reproduce so fast.

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If you happen to discover rats in Ashtead, the likelihood is that they're going to be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), even though there are actually two sorts of rat at present living in the United Kingdom; black (or ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you may know black rats were blamed for the Great Plague of the 17th Century during which period they were quite common. Black rats are quite rare nowadays and actually neither breed is a native of Great Britain, both arriving from Asia.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5 to 7" long, is a bit smaller than the brown rat, which attains lengths of nearly nine inches and weighs in at close to half a kilogram. Much of the damage caused by brown rats is due to the fact that to keep their incisor teeth from getting too much, they have to continuously chew on stuff. Items made of wood are especially vulnerable to their gnawing.

An infestation of rats will cause a lot of problems for home or business owners throughout Ashtead, they'll spread diseases, leave droppings, gnaw their way through pipes, wires, woodwork and insulation, and build nests. Any sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authority. Or perhaps report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, to be forwarded to your local authority.

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It's not invariably by sight alone that you'll become aware of the presence of rats, their habits are oftentimes enough to enlighten you. Perhaps you may observe holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards, you may come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you might hear scratching coming from a wall, floor or loft or you may detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards.

If you don't wish to wait for the local authorities to handle your rat issues you can also call in local Ashtead rat catcher or pest controller who will be qualified in the field of pest removal. There aren't very many individuals these days who specialize only in rat catching, you can also give them a call if you've got a wasp nest in your loft space or even moles causing damage.

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Rat catching and pest control can be undertaken in Ashtead and also in nearby places like: Claygate, Epsom, Chessington, Leatherhead, Walton on the Hill, Headley, Lower Ashtead, Kingswood, Burgh Heath, Oxshott, Pebble Coombe, Banstead, Tadworth, The Hermitage, Fetcham, Givons Grove, and in these postcodes KT21 1DU, KT21 1DG, KT21 1HN, KT21 2AT, KT21 2BD, KT18 7HR, KT21 1LR, KT18 6DL, KT21 1RY, KT21 2BQ. Locally based Ashtead rat catchers will probably have the postcode KT21 and the telephone dialling code 01372. Checking this can ensure that you are accessing local pest control. Ashtead homeowners are able to utilise these and various other related services.

What Attracts Rats?

Despite their outwardly cute look, with their twitching whiskers, pointy faces and fur covered bodies, mice and rats can be dangerous and are definitely not creatures that you want to be making a home in your house or garden in Ashtead. Mice and rats have been known to cause fires and other problems in homes and business premises in Ashtead by nibbling through insulation materials, plastic, electric cables and wood. Spreading the likes of salmonella, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, listeria, bubonic plague, trichinosis, tularemia, Weil's disease and typhus, mice and rats can cause more than thirty types of disease. So, here are just a few of the things that are going to attract mice and rats to your garden and home:

  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in basement, loft or gardenshed will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there's a food source nearby.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably pet waste and even heaps of compost can attract rodents - there are some tasty titbits hidden in there!
  • FOOD - Food that is left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • WATER - Rats and mice have to drink, therefore water sources like dripping sprinkler systems, leaking pipes, birdbaths and pet water bowls are a big attraction for these unwanted pests.
  • TRASH/RUBBISH - An accumulation of garbage and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (particularly in the garden) will unquestionably attract mice and rats.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and holes, so be on the lookout for spaces around pipes, grills, crawl spaces and entrances.

Species of Rat

There are only 2 kinds of rat that you might come across in Ashtead, Surrey or in fact anywhere else in the UK. They are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or common rat) is the most commonly found rat in Britain and all across Continental Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is normally 4" - 9" long (excluding the tail) and weighs 140-500g. It almost always lives wherever humans are living. While at one time believed to have spread from Norway, it's now understood to have initially come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats are omnivores (consume anything) though they favour grain cereals, they've got bad eyesight but good hearing, the female rats attain sexual maturity in only 5 weeks and can give birth to five litters per year (with up to 14 kittens in each), they climb effectively and dig burrows.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of the United Kingdom, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat first arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia. Believed to have spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and the United Kingdom in shipments of spice. Fairly rare now in Britain, this rat was pretty much replaced by the larger brown (common) rat. Weighing in at only 75g to 230g, the black rat grows to lengths of about 5" to 7". Known to pass on salmonella, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, listeria, bubonic plague, trichinosis, tularemia, Weil's disease and typhus, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although rat bites are not that commonplace in the UK, they do happen every now and then and they can be dangerous in certain situations. When cornered or threatened, rats can attack and bite people, so if you come across one in a confined environment, it is advisable to leave it a clear exit route so that it can escape.

A fair few instances of rat bites happen when rats are kept as pets (really?), and poking your hand in a rat's cage is chancing it. Although they're not always serious, rat bites can become infected or be fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever", consequently they should be avoided where possible. If it isn't treated rapidly "rat bite fever" (RBF) can cause death in 10% of cases.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever - "Rat bite fever" can have various symptoms, including:

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

If are bitten by a rat you should wash the affected area promptly, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover it up with a clean bandage. You need to make an emergency appointment with your doctor, or head straight to the closest A&E, even if it does not appear to be that major. It is also recommended to get a tetanus vaccine, in particular if you have not had one in the last five years.

Problems With Mice in Ashtead

Although not quite as traumatic as discovering rats in your garden or house, having mice could be equally as much of an issue. Mice, similar to rats, leave droppings, gnaw at stuff, contaminate foodstuffs and breed quickly. Also, like with rats, trapping and poisoning are the favoured methods for dealing with mouse infestations in Ashtead. Ashtead rat catchers can also help you get rid of mouse infestations, so contact one or head to BARK and get the problem sorted.

Coming Soon: Diseases spread by rats.

To Summarise

Property owners with rat problems in Ashtead are sometimes tempted to have a bash at solving it for themselves. So, if you find yourself in this situation, what ought you to do? There are loads of products that are currently available to help you to accomplish this and you can find rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Ashtead.

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An expert rat exterminator in Ashtead is however the preferred person for the job, seeing that ridding yourself of rats is not always as straightforward as you may suppose.

In most situations the rookie's use of rat poison isn't actually that successful, and could even do more harm than good - would you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your pets and children? If you have any doubts, speak to the professionals for your rat control in Ashtead.

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Also find: Oxshott pest control, Leatherhead pest control, Chessington pest control, Givons Grove pest control, Fetcham pest control, The Hermitage pest control, Epsom pest control, Walton on the Hill pest control, Lower Ashtead pest control, Pebble Coombe pest control, Tadworth pest control, Banstead pest control, Claygate pest control, Kingswood pest control, Burgh Heath pest control, Headley rat catchers and more. The majority of these locations are covered by local pest control. Ashtead homeowners can get pest control quotes by clicking here.

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(This pest control Ashtead article was written on 06-10-2022)