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Billingshurst Rat Catchers (RH14): Seeing a rat in your home or garden is usually rather a shocking experience and while its not such a common occurrence in Billingshurst these days, its definitely something that happens. Rats tend to breed fairly quickly and can cause problems, especially when there are a lot of them. An individual sighting of a lone rat probably won't be too much of a problem, but if you happen to be seeing them often you need to take action.

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Though neither of the 2 breeds of rat currently seen in the United Kingdom are natives of these shores, they've definitely become well established. The brown rat is especially widespread whilst the black (ship) rat just isn't so much nowadays. Both varieties originated from Asia and arrived in the United Kingdom on boats (as stowaways).

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The biggest of the two rats is the common brown rat at around 9 inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only grows to between 5" and 7". Much of the destruction attributable to brown rats is down to the fact that to prevent their incisors from growing too much, they must constantly gnaw things. Their gnawing is often targeting things made out of timber.

Rats gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, wires and pipes, transmit disease, leave behind droppings, and are generally problematic in homes and business premises in and around Billingshurst. Sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authorities. Or even go HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov website online.

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You do not necessarily need to see rats to confirm that they're there, due to the fact that there are a number of signs which will warn you of their presence. Its possible you may come upon a rat's nest hidden away, you could notice droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you may spot holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings or you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft.

To tackle this issue there are various strategies you might consider. You could put down poison or traps yourself, you could bring in a rat catcher or pest removal specialist or you could speak to your local Billingshurst authority or council. There are no longer that many individuals nowadays who specialize only in rat problems, you can also bring them in if you've got a wasp nest in your loft or maybe moles causing damage. (Tags: Rat Catcher Billingshurst, Pest Control Billingshurst )

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Rat catching and pest control can be undertaken in Billingshurst and also in nearby places like: Barns Green, North Heald, Shipley, Wisborough Green, Adversane, Five Oaks, Itchingfield, Coneyhurst, Kirdford, Gay Street, Brooks Green, Slinfold, Parbrook, Coolham, together with these postcodes RH14 9PJ, RH14 9HP, RH14 9RH, RH14 9NE, RH14 9LT, RH14 9RE, RH14 0YA, RH14 9GX, RH14 9LH, RH14 9QZ. Local Billingshurst rat catchers will most likely have the postcode RH14 and the telephone dialling code 01403. Checking this out will ensure you are accessing locally based pest control. Billingshurst home and business owners can utilise these and lots of other related services.

Kinds of Rat

You'll only ever run into 2 types of rat in Billingshurst and throughout Britain. These are the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Billingshurst, the remainder of Great Britain and Europe the most prevalent type of rat is the brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or common rat), this is what you might spot in your garden or home. The colour of this rat ranges between grey and brown, it grows to approximately four to nine inches (with an equivalent length tail) with a weight range of between 140 and 500 grams. Now known to have originally come from Central Asia, the brown rat was once presumed to have come from Norway. Brown rats have good hearing but poor eyesight, they burrow a lot and climb effectively, they are omnivores but have a preference for grain cereals, the female rats may reproduce five litters of up to Fourteen each year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in India the black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native species of Great Britain or Europe. Understood to have spread during the Roman Empire, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and Britain in shipments of spice. The black rat was once common in Great Britain but was basically ousted by the larger brown rat and is now not often found. Reaching a length of five to seven inches, this rat weighs in at only 75 to 230 grams. Well known for causing diseases black rats may be to blame for salmonella, listeria, rat bite fever, trichinosis, tularemia, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, typhus and bubonic plague.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

Rat traps are one of the most effective solutions for dealing with a rat issue, no matter whether you are taking care of it yourself or calling the experts in. You can find various kinds of rat trap nowadays, some that actually kill the rats and some which capture the rat for later release. If you are opposed to hurting animals, probably the capture traps are your optimum solution. The available types of rat traps include: spring loaded bait traps, enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps and cage traps.

Rat Burrows

If you have rats living in the garden, the chances are that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to burrow and they usually excavate them next to and under solid structures and objects such as terraces, shed bases, garage foundations and paths. These are the best spots to look if you think you have rats nesting there. They dig out extensive systems of burrows which provide nesting, shelter and food storage. Look out for holes having smooth edges, that have been rubbed by the constant coming and going of these busy little animals. Generally around 2-4 inches in diameter, burrow entrances are quite easy to recognize. A simple way to ascertain if rats currently using the burrow is to throw a bit of stuff into the entrance and check if it has been removed the following day.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

In spite of their outwardly cute look, with their pointy faces, furry bodies and twitching whiskers, mice and rats can be dangerous and are definitely not animals that you want to be living in your home or garden in Billingshurst. By gnawing through floorboards, plasterboard, electrical cables and plastic, mice and rats can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Spreading the likes of salmonella, listeria, rat bite fever, trichinosis, tularemia, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, typhus and bubonic plague, mice and rats can cause over thirty sorts of disease. A number of different things will attract mice and rats to your garden and home including:

  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in a shed, cellar or loft will be particularly attractive to rats and mice, particularly if there is a food source close by.
  • WATER - Constantly busy rats and mice have to drink like any other living creature, subsequently sources of water such as pet water bowls, leaky pipes, birdbaths and seeping sprinkler systems are a big enticement for these pests.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Incredibly heaps of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - there will be plenty of tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • RUBBISH - Accumulations of trash and garden waste heaped up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract mice and rats.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so look out for spaces around grills, pipework, crawl spaces and entrances.

Rat Poison

To some, a horrible way to eliminate rats is by laying poison. A rat dies just a few days after eating a poison laced bait, normally wholewheat grain. A substantial infestation of rats can be exterminated by this technique providing the poison bait is positioned accurately. Commonly difenacoum, bromadioline or brodifacoum are the poisons used. You need to be extremely careful to keep this away from pets and birds. Rat poison brands made in the British Isles include the likes of: Roshield, Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens, Rentokil, Propest and RatKil. (Tags: Rat Poison Billingshurst, Rat Poisons Billingshurst)

Checking for Rats

If you have a notion that you might have rats in your business or home, there are a few means by which you'll be able to find out. You could listen closely for scratching noises coming from roofs and walls, in particular at night, be on the lookout for burrows or holes close to solid surfaces, pay attention to gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in attics, search for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, keep your eyes peeled for rat droppings, they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown.

Rat Bites

While, in Billingshurst, rat bites are not that commonplace, they do happen every now and again, and the implications can be serious in some scenarios. Rats can bite humans when they feel stressed or cornered, so in a confined space it is best to stay well out of their way, or leave them a clear exit route.

You'd think that people would be cautious about poking their hand in a rat's cage, yet as rats are often kept as pets (are you kidding?), this is an increasing cause of rat bites. Rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they turn into "rat bite fever", therefore they must be avoided where possible, although of of course they are not always serious. "Rat bite fever", if left untreated, can lead to death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - Some of the symptoms and signs of "rat bite fever" are:

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

You should immediately wash the affected area with warm water, if you are bitten by a rat, and then administer an antibiotic cream to the bite area, and cover it with a clean gauze or bandage. Even if you don't believe it is that bad, you should have it looked at by your closest A&E, or book an emergency appointment at your local surgery. If you've not been vaccinated against tetanus in the last five years, you should also get one of these.

Reporting Rat Sightings

I will go into it a bit more now, even though this subject was talked about further up the page. The local environmental health is the place to report it should you see rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public area. Occasionally councils provide a cost-free service for rat issues but charges are typically made for most other unwelcome pests such as cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. Rat sightings can also be reported using the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. To get things sorted promptly schedule a rat catcher HERE.


Having a problem with rats in Billingshurst is a situation that everybody fears, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you may be tempted to try to resolve it yourself. Rat traps, rat poisons and other merchandise is available in supermarkets, hardware stores and shops in the Billingshurst area, so the items that you need can easily be purchased.

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Retaining the services of a specialist Billingshurst rat exterminator would however be a better option, unless you know exactly what you're doing, since the right strategy is not always the most obvious one.

On account of the dangers to pets and children, the rookie's use of rat poisons is not usually recommended, and it isn't always effective in any case. You'd be far better off enlisting the assistance of a professional when you're in need of rat control in Billingshurst.

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