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Benson Rat Catchers (OX10): Discovering a rat in your garden or even inside your house can be quite an unsettling thing to go through and whilst it's not such a common occurrence in Benson in recent times, it's certainly something that does happen. Rats breed fairly quickly and are likely to cause issues, especially when there are a lot of them. An individual sighting of a lone rat will possibly not be that much of a concern, but if you're seeing them on a regular basis you ought to do something about it.

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There are two sorts of rat that you might spot in Benson, black rats and brown (or common) rats. Its rather unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you have encountered a rat just recently chances are it will have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were at one time common and were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague, they are rather rare nowadays, although when they are seen they are amazing climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can give birth to between twenty and one hundred baby rats every twelve months.

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The brown rat is bigger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilo and reaching a length of approximately nine inches. To wear down their continuously growing incisors, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at things, which is the reason they cause such a lot of damage. Wood is especially prone to their attention.

Rat infestations can cause lots of different problems for home or business owners throughout Benson, they leave droppings, spread diseases, gnaw through wires, woodwork, pipes and insulation, and build nests. Property holders ought to report sightings of rats to their local authority. Or even post a report to record sightings of rats and pests on the .gov website HERE, which will be forwarded to your local authority.

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It isn't always by sight alone that you will be alerted to the existence of rats, their actions are oftentimes enough to give warning. It's possible you could encounter distinctive rat holes gnawed into skirting boards or floorboards, you could hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you may come across a rat's nest in some out of sight location or you may start seeing droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards.

If you don't wish to wait around for the local authorities to handle this rat infestation you could also speak to a local Benson rat catcher or pest controller who will be skilled in the art of pest removal. In the old days, rat catchers were exactly that, but nowadays they tend to be known as pest control experts and won't just be capable of helping you with rat problems but also moles, wasps, mice, cockroaches, ants and much more.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Benson and also in: Rokemarsh, Brightwell Baldwin, Wallingford, Warborough, Berrick Salome, Shillingford, Dorchester, Overy, Ewelme, Britwell Salome, Crowmarsh Gifford, Watlington, Preston Crowmarsh, Shillingford Hill, together with these postcodes OX10 6LX, OX10 6NX, OX10 6LE, OX10 6RS, OX10 6LR, OX10 6RP, OX10 6LH, OX10 6NP, OX10 6FH, OX10 6NF. Local Benson rat catchers will most likely have the postcode OX10 and the telephone dialling code 01491. Verifying this should confirm that you're accessing locally based pest control. Benson property owners can utilise these and various other comparable services.


When you have rats living in your garden, the probability is there is going to be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and dig and they mostly excavate them at the side of solid structures and objects such as shed bases, paths, terraces and garages. These are the locations to check if you believe you have rats nearby. Useful for food storage, shelter and nesting places, burrows are dug into extensive systems which could even cause damage to buildings if allowed to continue unchecked. The access points to burrows tend to be worn smooth by continual movement, so keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides next to and under solid surfaces. Generally approximately 2" to 4" in diameter, entrances to burrows are not difficult to identify. A good way to learn if rats are still in the burrow is to chuck some rubbish into the burrow entrance and see if it has been removed the next day.

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The most effective way to stop issues with rats is to discourage them from the beginning. For this reason, rat prevention must be something to keep in mind even when you do not currently have rat problems. Among the main causes of rat and rodent infestations is domestic household trash in gardens. Providing both the place and materials for nests will only encourage them. When there's also a lot of food available your rats think they're in paradise, so be aware that bird feeders attract rats, especially when they're prone to spilling over, and domestic household food waste should also not be accessible. (Tags: Rat Prevention Benson, Rat Deterrents Benson)

Reporting Rat Sightings

This is more information on a topic we highlighted previously. It is always a great idea to inform the local authorities if you witness rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public place. Sometimes local councils offer a cost-free service for rat issues but payment is often needed for most pests such as wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs. It is also possible to report sightings of rats using the .gov webpage which you can find HERE. You can needless to say organize your local rat catcher to come over and deal with the issue by clicking HERE.

Rats - Telltale Signs

If you have an idea you could have rats in your property or business, there are a few ways in which you'll be able to tell. You should keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they're dark brown and look just like large grains of rice, search for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in lofts, watch out for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, listen for scratching noises coming from walls and attics, in particular at night, look out for burrows or holes alongside solid surfaces.

What Attracts Rats?

With their pointy faces, furry bodies and twitchy whiskers, some people might find rats and mice to be quite cute, however they're not the kind of animals that you want living in your house or garden in Benson, and can actually be more dangerous than you may think. By nibbling through insulation materials, electric wiring, floorboards and plastic, rats and mice can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Over 30 different types of disease can be spread by rats and mice including things like typhus, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, salmonella, trichinosis, listeria, bubonic plague and rat bite fever. So, below are just some of the things that will attract mice and rats to your garden or home:

  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • WATER - Mice and rats have to drink like any other creature, therefore sources of water such as birdbaths, dripping sprinkler systems, leaking pipes and pet bowls are a big temptation for these unwanted pests.
  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in an attic, outbuilding or cellar will be especially attractive to rats and mice, especially if there's a food source nearby.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so keep an eye out for gaps around doorways, pipes, crawl spaces and grills.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly piles of compost and even pet waste can attract rodents - there are likely to be plenty of tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • TRASH - An accumulation of garbage and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (particularly in the garden) will definitely attract mice and rats.

Rat Bite Wounds

While, in Great Britain, bites from rats are not all that common, they do occur every once in a while, and the implications can be serious in some scenarios. If you encounter a rat in a confined space, it could bite you if it is cornered or stressed, therefore leave the creature an easy exit route and try to avoid it.

A fair few incidences of rat bites occur where rats are kept as pets (really?), and placing your hand in a rat's cage could be chancing it. While they aren't necessarily serious, rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), consequently they must be avoided if possible. "Rat bite fever" has a 10% mortality rate, if it is left without treatment.

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

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

You should promptly wash the wound with warm water, if you receive a rat bite, and then put on an antibiotic cream, and cover it with a clean bandage. You must head straight to your nearest A&E department and get it checked out, even if you don't consider it to be that serious, or at the minimum book an appointment with your GP or doctor. If you haven't received a tetanus vaccine in the last 5 years or so, you should also ask for of these too.

Problems With Mice

Maybe regarded by many people as not being as unsettling as rats, uncovering mice scuttling around your house can cause just as many problems. While much smaller, mice will still contaminate foodstuffs, breed quickly, leave droppings and gnaw at things. The approaches for mouse infestations in Benson are pretty much the same as the ones employed for rats ie setting traps and poisoning. No matter if you've got an issue with mice or rats, head over to BARK and obtain an expert Benson pest controller to get it sorted.

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To Summarise

Having a problem with rats in Benson is a situation that everybody fears, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you may be tempted to try to solve it on your own. There are a number of products offered to help you achieve this and you will acquire rat poisons, rat traps and other products in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in the Benson area.

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Even so, unless you're aware of what you're at, it's probably far better to appoint a professional rat exterminator, who will have handled this issue thousands of times before, and will automatically know what the preferred solution is.

The amateur use of rat toxins will likely do more harm than good, seeing that you've got to be extremely careful with them when children and pets are about. If you know what's better for you, always bring in an experienced rat control service in Benson for resolving your rat problems. (Tags: Rat Removal Benson, Rat Control Benson, Rat Exterminators Benson)

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Rat Control Around Benson: Householders living in the following areas and streets have just recently enquired about rat and pest control services - Churchfield Lane, Forge Close, Littleworth Road, Braze Lane, White Hart Close, Belfast Road, Green Close, Old London Road, The Meer, The Close, Swift Way, Mckee Square, The Cedars, Javelin Way, Chapel Lane, Brook Street, Sunnyside, St Helens Way, Castle Square, Beggarsbush Hill, Fielden Road, Valetta Way, Blenheim Place, Geoffrey Tuttle Drive, Chiltern Close, as well as the following Benson area postcodes: OX10 6LX, OX10 6NX, OX10 6LE, OX10 6RS, OX10 6LR, OX10 6RP, OX10 6LH, OX10 6NP, OX10 6FH, OX10 6NF. Work was conducted in these locations by experts in pest control. Benson property owners enjoyed the benefits of trusted and dependable pest control services in every case.

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