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Birmingham Rat Catchers (B1): Although its not all that commonplace these days, finding a rat in your garden or home in Birmingham just isn't a nice thing to experience. Just one sighting of a rat might not be that much of a concern, nevertheless, if you observe the presence of rats more often or see more than one you might be in for trouble since they tend to breed so fast.

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Although neither of the two breeds of rat presently living in the UK are natives of these shores, they have certainly thrived since they got here. The brown rat is especially common whilst the black rat is not so much so these days. Both breeds fled from Asia and made their way to the UK on ships.

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The longest and heaviest of the two rats is the brown at around nine inches, whilst the black only measures 5" to 7" long. A great deal of the damage and destruction attributable to brown rats is because to prevent their teeth from getting too much, they have to continually gnaw on stuff. Items made from timber are especially prone to this interest.

An infestation of rats lead to lots of different issues for business owners and householders in and around Birmingham, they'll spread diseases, gnaw their way through wires, insulation, woodwork and pipes, leave droppings, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Incidences of rats should be reported to the local authorities. It is possible to report rat problems on the .gov website online HERE.

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It isn't always by appearance alone that you will be alerted to the existence of rats, their habits are often quite enough to enlighten you. It's possible you might hear scratching noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you may come across rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards, you could come upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you could start seeing droppings on floors or in cupboards.

To address this issue there are specific approaches you might take. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you can get hold of your local Birmingham authority or council or you could track down a rat catcher or pest removal specialist. Long ago, rat catchers were exactly that, but these days they're commonly labeled pest control experts and won't only be happy to help you sort out rat problems but also wasps, mice, cockroaches, ants, moles and much more. (Tags: Pest Control Birmingham, Rat Catchers Birmingham )

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Pest control and rat catching can be done in Birmingham and also in nearby places like: Highgate, Hockley, Selly Oak, Handsworth Wood, Smethwick, Small Heath, Bordesley Green, Lea Hall, Druids Heath, Edgbaston, Bromford, Birchfield, Aston, Ladywood, and in these postcodes B1 1LP, B1 2NJ, B1 1LE, B1 1RN, B1 1SL, B1 1BY, B1 1PE, B1 1NX, B1 1RS, B1 1PW. Locally based Birmingham pest controllers will probably have the postcode B1 and the telephone dialling code 0121. Checking this out will ensure you access locally based pest control. Birmingham householders will be able to benefit from these and many other pest related services.

Rat Poison

A rather distasteful method for eliminating rat infestations is by laying poison. Wholewheat grains are laced with a poisonous compound and left for the rats to eat, it takes several days for them to perish. The correct placing of the rat poison is very important and will lead to the failure or success of this approach. Lethal components which are used in making rat poisons include: difenacoum, brodifacoum or bromadioline. You've got to be extremely careful to keep these poisons away from dogs and cats. Well known brands of rat poison made in Britain include: Elixir Gardens, Pest Expert, RatKil, Propest, Rentokil and Roshield.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

Though some folks in Birmingham might think they're cute with their furry bodies, pointy faces and twitchy whiskers, mice and rats are definitely not animals that you want living in your home or garden, and they can even be dangerous to have around. By nibbling through floorboards, plasterboard, electrical wiring and plastic, rats and mice can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Between the two mice and rats can spread over 30 types of diseases including Weil's disease, tularemia, bubonic plague, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, typhus, trichinosis, listeria and salmonella. A number of different things will attract rats and mice to your home and garden including:

  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in an outbuilding, cellar or loft space will be especially attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there is a source of food close by.
  • FOOD - Food that is left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • TRASH/RUBBISH - An accumulation of junk and garden waste piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will definitely attract rats and mice.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Surprisingly compost heaps and even pet waste can be attractive to rodents - there are likely to be plenty of tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can squeeze through the smallest of holes and cracks, so look out for spaces around plumbing, doors, crawl spaces and vents.
  • WATER - Busy little rats and mice have to drink, so water sources like pet bowls, birdbaths, dripping sprinkler systems and leaking pipes are a big enticement for these unwanted pests.

Reporting Rats

We highlighted this before, so here I will go into a bit more detail. If you witness rats in a public space, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden its sensible to inform the Environmental Health. When it comes to rats this is sometimes a cost-free service, while you'll often be charged for some other pests for instance cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps. You can head over to the Government (.gov) website HERE to report rat sightings. You can of course schedule your own rat catcher to pop in and handle the problem by clicking HERE.

Rat Bite Wounds

Whilst rat bites aren't that commonplace in Britain, they do happen every so often and they can be dangerous in some circumstances. If you happen to encounter a rat in a confined space, it could bite you if it feels cornered or stressed, therefore leave the creature a clear exit route and try to avoid it at all costs.

Some instances of rat bites arise when rats are kept as pets (really?), and ramming your hand into a rat's cage is something of a risk. Although they aren't necessarily dangerous, rat bites can become infected or be life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever", subsequently they should be avoided when possible. "Rat bite fever", if left without treatment, has a 10% mortality rate.

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

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

You should promptly wash the wound with warm water, if you are bitten by a rat, then administer an antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a clean, sterile bandage. You should make an emergency appointment with your GP, or head to the nearest A&E, even if you believe it isn't that major. If it is five years or more since you received your last vaccination for tetanus, you should get one of these done as well, as rat bites can easily become infected.

To Summarise

When you've got a rat problem in Birmingham you might be tempted to try to take care of it on your own - and naturally plenty of people in Birmingham do just that. Rat poisons, rat traps and other similar merchandise is available in hardware stores, supermarkets and shops in the Birmingham area, so the items you need can easily be obtained.

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Having said that, unless you know exactly what you are at, it's possibly advisable to engage a professional rat exterminator, who'll have dealt with this issue hundreds of times before, and will automatically know what the best solution is.

The rookie's use of rat toxins is likely to do more harm than good, as you have to be exceptionally careful with them especially if children and pets are about. If uncertain, bring in the professionals for your rat control needs in Birmingham.

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Also find: Bromford pest control, Selly Oak pest control, Hockley pest control, Bordesley Green pest control, Small Heath pest control, Smethwick pest control, Druids Heath pest control, Handsworth Wood pest control, Lea Hall pest control, Birchfield pest control, Highgate pest control, Ladywood pest control, Aston pest control, Edgbaston rat catchers and more. Most of these areas are served by professional pest control. Birmingham business and home owners can get quotes by clicking here.

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Birmingham rat catchers can normally help you with pest extermination, bed bug control, electronic pest control Birmingham, commercial rat control Birmingham, mole catching in Birmingham, rat poison in Birmingham, pigeon pest control Birmingham, spray & fogging treatments, rat infestations, rat proofing in Birmingham, rat extermination, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, environmental pest control Birmingham, rat prevention, domestic rat control Birmingham, ultrasonic pest control Birmingham, dead bird removal, rat control, wasp nest removal, pest control for fleas, cockroach pest conrtol, bed bug heat treatments, the installation of moth trapping pheromone stations, garden pest control Birmingham, pest control Birmingham, pest control services, anti-bird spike installation, household pest control Birmingham, pest removal services, dead animal removal, thermal imaging surveys in Birmingham and other pest control in Birmingham, West Midlands. These are just a selection of the activities that are performed by those installing pest control. Birmingham contractors will be delighted to keep you abreast of their full range of services.

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(This pest control Birmingham page was compiled by Steve Locke 20-07-2022)