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Bicester Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Bicester Rat Catchers (OX25): Although it isn't all that commonplace in these modern times, discovering a rat in your garden or house in Bicester is not a good thing to go through. A single rat sighting should not be too much of a problem, nevertheless, if you witness rats more regularly or see more than one rat you might be heading for trouble because they reproduce so fast.

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Although neither of the two rat breeds presently living in the UK are native to these shores, they've certainly made themselves at home. The brown rat is particularly common (hence its name) while the black rat just isn't so much so these days. Both species came from Asia and arrived in Great Britain on boats.

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The brown rat is larger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilo and reaching lengths of almost nine inches. Brown rats can cause problems because they've got to constantly chew on things to stop their teeth from growing too much. Rats particularly like to gnaw on timber.

Rats leave droppings, gnaw through woodwork, insulation, pipes and wires, spread disease, and generally cause a nuisance in businesses and households in Bicester. Incidences of rats should be reported to the local authorities. Or otherwise go HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov website online.

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You do not have to physically see rats to confirm their existence, due to the fact that there are plenty of signs which may warn you of their presence. It's possible you might hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you could start seeing droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you may come upon a rat's nest in some out of sight location or you might observe rat holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards.

If you are going to have this situation dealt with correctly you have to bring in a specialist. You can either inform the local authority or call in a specialist Bicester pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. In the old days, rat catchers used to be precisely that, but currently they tend to be called pest control experts and won't only be willing to help you manage rat problems but also mice, ants, wasps, moles, cockroaches and more.

Rat Traps Bicester

Rat Cage One strategy which you could use to deal with rat problems is by using rat traps. These days there are many different styles of rat traps on the market, supplying you with a selection of capture solutions. If you are opposed to hurting animals, probably the capture rat trap would be your best solution. The available kinds of rat trap include: cage traps, spring loaded bait traps, enclosed poison traps and electronic rat traps.

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Rat catching and pest control can be undertaken in Bicester and also in nearby places like: Ambrosden, Lower Arncott, Ardley, Bucknell, Wendlebury, Launton, Weston-on-the-Green, Bainton, Bletchingdon, Caulcott, Highfield, Woodfield, Blackthorn, Marsh Gibbon, Godington, Poundon, Caversfield, together with these postcodes OX26 2JR, OX25 4YU, OX26 2LW, OX26 2EP, OX26 2DN, OX26 2HF, OX26 2BJ, OX26 2FB, OX26 2AH, and OX26 2LB. Locally based Bicester pest controllers will most likely have the telephone code 01869 and the postcode OX25.

Problems With Moles

Rat catchers in Bicester are sometimes called on to manage another similar type of pest, ie moles. Responsible for totally different problems to rats, moles are certainly not quite as despised. It's outside in the garden where you're likely to have problems with moles, and lawns particularly are at risk. The recognizable sight of earth mounds in the middle of a nicely clipped lawn are plain evidence of this activity. Moles could be caught in traps and then re-released someplace else, if you favour a more humane strategy. (Tags: Molecatchers Bicester, Mole Trapping Bicester)

Kinds of Rat

You are only likely to come across two breeds of rat in Bicester, Oxfordshire or anywhere in Britain. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Bicester, the rest of the British Isles and Continental Europe the most prevalent type of rat is the brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or sewer rat), this is the kind you will sometimes discover in your home or garden. The colouring of this rat ranges between grey and brown, it grows to around 4" - 9" (plus a similar length tail) with a weight range of between 140g and 500g. Whilst once thought to have originated from Norway, this rat is now known to have first come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats have bad eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, they climb effectively and dig extensively, they are omnivores but prefer grains and cereals, the females often reproduce five litters of as many as 14 pups each year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not native to the UK, originating in Southeast Asia (India). Thought to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat very likely reached Europe and Great Britain hidden in shipments of spice. At one time common in the United Kingdom, the black rat essentially disappeared as the brown rat took over. This rat grows to lengths of five to seven inches a weight of 75g to 230g. Known to pass on salmonella, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, typhus, listeria, bubonic plague and tularemia, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Rats - Telltale Signs

If you have a notion that you may have rats in your home or business, there are various ways in which you'll be able to find out. You can listen closely for scratching noises coming from attics and walls, particularly at nighttime, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, keep an eye out for faeces (droppings), they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown, try to find signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, watch for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks, look out for burrows or holes adjacent to solid objects.

Rat Burrows

One thing that all rats love to do is dig burrows, and their favourite place to burrow is adjacent to solid structures and objects such as terraces, garages, walkways and garden shed bases. Providing a nesting place, food storage and shelter, burrows are excavated into extensive networks which could even cause damage to buildings if they remain unchecked. The entrances to burrows are normally worn smooth by the continuous comings and goings, so look out for smooth sided holes beside solid structures. If you spot holes but are not certain that they're made by rats, they will generally be around two to four inches in diameter. A simple way to find out if rats are still living in that specific burrow is to toss a bit of rubbish into the entrance and check if it's been cleared away the following day.

Rat Sightings - Reporting

This is a little more detail on a topic we mentioned before. The Environmental Health is where you should report it if you witness rats in a public space, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Some local councils will take care of rats cost-free, but if you've got other infestations such as bed bugs, cockroaches and wasps they will quite often require payment. You can go to the Government (.gov) website HERE to report rat infestations. Click HERE to book your own rat catcher and get the situation tackled swiftly.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

Despite their outwardly cute look, with their twitchy whiskers, pointy faces and fur covered bodies, mice and rats can be dangerous and are not creatures that you want to be living in your house or garden in Bicester. Mice and rats have been known to cause fires and other issues around the home by gnawing through plastic, electric wires, plasterboard and floorboards. Spreading the likes of salmonella, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, typhus, listeria, bubonic plague and tularemia, rats and mice can cause more than thirty different sorts of disease. A number of different things will attract rats and mice to your home or garden including:

  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably piles of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - they'll find a few tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of junk and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in loft, shed or cellar will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there's a source of food nearby.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of holes and cracks, so keep an eye out for gaps around grills, crawl spaces, pipes and doorways.
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is one of the main attractions for rats and mice.
  • WATER - Mice and rats have to drink like any other living creature, subsequently sources of water like birdbaths, leaky pipes, seeping sprinkler systems and pet water bowls are a big temptation for these pests.
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When you've got a problem with rats in Bicester you might be tempted to try to solve it on your own - and not surprisingly many people in Bicester do choose that strategy. There are a host of products currently available to help you to accomplish this and you can purchase rat traps, rat poisons and other products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in the Bicester area. Nonetheless, unless you know precisely what you're at, it's probably wise to engage an expert rat exterminator, who'll have handled this issue hundreds if not thousands of times previously, and will know automatically what the best solution is. On account of the dangers to children and pets, the rookie's use of rat poison isn't recommended, and is often not effective in any case. If uncertain, contact the professionals for your rat control needs in Bicester.

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Bicester rat catchers can normally help with dead bird removal, domestic rat control, rat trapping, rat deterrents, rat catching in Bicester, rat infestations Bicester, ultrasonic pest control, ant control, pest control Bicester, restaurant pest control, wasp nest removal in Bicester, household pest control in Bicester, dead animal removal, rat prevention, bird proofing, mole catching Bicester, insect heat treatments and other pest control in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

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Also find: Ardley rat catchers, Bucknell rat catchers, Caulcott rat catchers, Highfield rat catchers, Bainton rat catchers, Poundon rat catchers, Bletchingdon rat catchers, Weston-on-the-Green rat catchers, Caversfield rat catchers, Launton rat catchers, Woodfield rat catchers, Blackthorn rat catchers, Godington rat catchers, Marsh Gibbon rat catchers, Wendlebury rat catchers, Lower Arncott rat catchers, Ambrosden rat catchers and more. It is possible to get pest control services in most of these places. These professional pest controllers, with their wealth of know-how and expertise, ensure effective and efficient resolution of your rat problem. In cases of a solitary rat or a larger infestation, these experts in pest control have the requisite tools and skills to quickly resolve the situation. To obtain pest control quotations, local residents can click here.

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(This pest control Bicester article was compiled on 18-06-2024)