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Barton-on-Sea Rat Catchers (BH25): Even though it isn't that commonplace nowadays, spotting rats in your house or garden in Barton-on-Sea is not really a good thing to go through. A single sighting of a rat shouldn't be too much of an issue, however, if you observe rats more regularly or spot more than one you could be heading for trouble because they tend to reproduce so quickly.

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Although neither of the two rat types currently seen in Great Britain are native to these islands, they've definitely thrived since they got here. The brown rat is particularly common while the black rat is not so much so these days. Both of these types fled from Asia and arrived in Great Britain on boats (as stowaways).

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Brown rats are larger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and can weigh nearly half a kilogram, with a length of about nine inches. Much of the destruction attributable to brown rats is because to prevent their incisor teeth from growing too long, they must continuously gnaw stuff. Rats especially prefer to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats can cause an assortment of problems in businesses and homes throughout Barton-on-Sea and they leave behind droppings, spread disease, gnaw their way through insulation, pipes, woodwork and wires, and generally cause a nuisance. Home owners need to report sightings of rats to the relevant local authority. Or perhaps head HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website.

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You'll oftentimes be alerted to the existence of rats not in fact by seeing them, but by their announcing their activity by other means. It could be that you could discover droppings on floors or in cupboards, you could come across a rat's nest in some out of sight location, you might encounter distinctive rat holes chewed in skirtings or floorboards or you might hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft.

If you're going to have this issue dealt with properly you ought to get in touch with a professional. You can either get in contact with your local environmental health department or get hold of a professional Barton-on-Sea pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. In these modern times rat catchers typically come under the category of pest management, and pest elimination services not only deal with rats but in addition bedbugs, moles, mice, fleas, cockroaches, wasps and many more types of garden and domestic pests.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Barton-on-Sea and also in nearby places like: Friars Cliff, Stanpit, Mudeford, Walkford, Sway, Highcliffe, Everton, Milford-on-Sea, Ashley, Old Milton, Hinton, New Milton, Christchurch, Somerford, Downton, Hordle, as well as in these postcodes BH25 7LG, BH25 7EU, BH25 7DN, BH25 5QG, BH25 7NA, BH25 6QF, BH25 7ET, BH25 7HU, BH25 7EA, BH25 7JY. Local Barton-on-Sea rat catchers will most likely have the postcode BH25 and the phone code 01425. Verifying this should guarantee that you access locally based pest control. Barton-on-Sea home and business owners will be able to utilise these and various other related services.

Rat Burrows

One thing that all rats like to do is burrow and dig, and the place that they most like to dig is close to solid objects or structures such as garden sheds, garage foundations, paths and terraces. These are often not simple holes, but substantial networks of burrows, built to provide food storage, shelter and nesting. The entrances to rat burrows are usually worn smooth by the continual movement, so keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides next to solid surfaces. The entrance holes to rat burrows are generally about two to four inches in diameter. You can find out if rats are still using it by partially blocking up the burrow entrance to see if they come back and clear it away.

Types of Rat

There are only 2 species of rat which you might run into in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire or in fact anywhere else in the UK. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The commonest species of rat seen in Great Britain, and also in Europe, is the brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or sewer rat). The colouring of this rodent of the family Muridae ranges between brown and grey, it typically grows to around 4-9 inches (with a similar length tail) with a weight of between 140 and 500 grammes. Nowadays understood to have originally come from Central Asia, it was once presumed to have come from Norway. Brown rats are omniverous (eat any foodstuffs) although their favourite foods are grains and cereals, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats attain sexual maturity in only 5 weeks and can give birth to 5 litters per annum (with as many as 14 young in each), they climb well and dig burrows.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Originating in India the black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native of the UK or Europe. It is regarded as having spread throughout Europe in Roman times, quite likely hidden in shipments of spices. The black rat was at one time widespread in the British Isles however was largely driven out by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often seen. Weighing in at just 75g to 230g, the black rat reaches a length of five to seven inches. Black rats are known to spread numerous diseases, particularly Weil's disease, listeria, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis and tularemia.

Rat Poisons

One of the means by which to cure an infestation of rats is to lay down poison. This is accomplished by leaving a poison laced bait, which is subsequently ingested by the rat leading to its death within a few days. When it is set in the perfect spot in or close to a rat infested area, this poison can pretty swiftly deal with a large population of rats. Poisonous ingredients that are employed in rat poisons include: brodifacoum, difenacoum or bromadioline. Be careful to keep this away from cats and dogs. Well known brands of rat poison in the United Kingdom include the likes of: Roshield, Rentokil, Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens, Propest and RatKil.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

One technique which you could use to sort out a rat issue is by the use of rat traps. You'll find various different sorts of rat trap nowadays, some of which kill the rat and others that capture the rat for release elsewhere. The capture kind of rat trap are the right choice for individuals who detest to think of animals being harmed in any way, even vermin. If you check around you can obtain plenty of different designs such as: enclosed poison traps, cage traps, spring loaded bait traps and electronic rat traps.

Reporting Rat Sightings

The following is a bit more information on a subject we touched on earlier on this page. The local authorities is the place to send a report if you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in a public place or in your own garden. Occasionally councils offer a cost-free service for rat problems but charges are usually made for most pest infestations for example wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. It is also very easy to report rat infestations through the Government (.gov) website which you'll find HERE. To get things sorted out speedily contact a rat catcher HERE.

What Attracts Rats?

Regardless of their outwardly cute look, with their pointy faces, twitching whiskers and fur covered bodies, rats and mice can be dangerous and are certainly not animals that you want to be making a home in your house or garden in Barton-on-Sea. Rats and mice have been known to cause fires and other problems around the home by nibbling through electrical wiring, insulation materials, plastic and floorboards. Spreading the likes of Weil's disease, listeria, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis and tularemia, mice and rats can cause over thirty sorts of disease. A number of different things will attract mice and rats to your home and garden including:

  • FOOD - Food that is left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • TRASH/RUBBISH - Accumulations of trash and garden rubbish piled up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract rats and mice.
  • WATER - Mice and rats have to drink, therefore water sources such as leaky pipes, seeping sprinkler systems, birdbaths and pet water bowls are a big temptation for these unwelcome pests.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly piles of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - they will find plenty of tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in a shed, cellar or loft will be particularly attractive to rodents, especially if there is a food source nearby.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can crawl through the smallest of holes and cracks, so keep an eye out for gaps around doors, crawl spaces, air vents and piping.

Rat Bites

Even though they're not one of the most common injuries inflicted on people in the UK, periodically rat bites do happen, and the consequences can sometimes be grave. When rats are distressed or feel cornered, they can bite people, thus if you find yourself in a situation like that, leave a clear exit route and keep out of the way.

These types of bites occasionally occur where rats are being kept as pets (which is happening quite frequently these days), and you could be looking for trouble if you shove your hand inside a rat's cage. Even though they aren't necessarily serious, rat bites can turn nasty or even life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever", consequently they should be avoided if possible. If it is left without treatment "rat bite fever" (RBF) can lead to death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - Among the signs and symptoms of "rat bite fever" are:

  • Vomiting
  • Joint Pain
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headaches
  • A Rash
  • Redness or Swelling

If you're unfortunate enough to receive a rat bite, carefully wash the wound in warm water, put on some antibiotic ointment, and cover the affected area with a bandage. Even if you don't feel that it is too severe, you must have it checked out at your nearest hospital A&E department, or book an appointment at your local doctor's surgery. If it is more than 5 years since you had your last vaccination for tetanus, you must get one of those done as well, because rat bites can easily become infected.


When you've got a rat problem in Barton-on-Sea you could be tempted to try to solve it yourself - and obviously a lot of folks in Barton-on-Sea do just that. By looking around shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Barton-on-Sea, it's pretty easy to acquire rat traps, rat poisons and similar products.

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Retaining the services of a competent Barton-on-Sea rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless of course you know precisely what you are doing, given that the correct approach isn't always the obvious one.

Generally the newcomer's use of rat toxins isn't really all that effective, and may even cause more problems than it solves - would you really want to risk the possibility of harming your pets and children? You'd be far better off enlisting the assistance of an expert whenever you need rat control in Barton-on-Sea. (Tags: Rat Control Barton-on-Sea, Rat Removal Barton-on-Sea, Rat Exterminator Barton-on-Sea)

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