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Botley Rat Catchers (SO30): Even though it's not all that common nowadays, noticing a rat in your garden or even inside your home in Botley just isn't a pleasing thing to go through. A single rat sighting might not be too much of a concern, but, if you witness rats more often or spot multiple rats you could potentially be in trouble because they tend to breed so quickly.

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If you spot rats in Botley, the probability is that they will be brown rats, although there are actually 2 sorts of rat presently living in the British Isles; black (or ship) rats and brown (or common) rats. As you may perhaps know ship rats were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague (17th C) and at that time they were fairly widespread. Black rats are relatively rare nowadays but in fact neither species is a native of the UK, both coming from Asia.

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The largest and heaviest of the two rat species is the brown rat at around nine inches, whilst the black rat only grows to between 5" and 7". Brown rats often cause damage because they've got to continually gnaw at things to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Wooden items are especially prone to this interest.

An infestation of rats will lead to all kinds of issues for home or business owners in Botley, they will leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through woodwork, insulation, wires and pipes, spread diseases, and contaminate foodstuffs. Incidences of rats should always be reported to the local environmental health department. Or perhaps post a report to record pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which is passed onto the relevant local authority.

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You'll oftentimes notice the existence of rats not by actually observing them, but by them indicating their activity by other means. It's possible you could start seeing droppings in cupboards or on floors, you might observe holes chewed in floorboards or skirting boards, you may find a rat's nest in some out of the way location or you may hear noises coming from a loft, floor or wall.

To resolve this issue there are two or three routes that you might take. You could lay down traps or poison yourself, you could bring in a rat removal specialist or you could get hold of your local Botley authorities. Long ago, rat catchers used to be exactly that, however these days they are referred to as pest control experts and won't just be willing to help you sort out rat problems but also cockroaches, wasps, moles, mice, ants and more. (Tags: Pest Control Botley, Rat Catchers Botley )

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Botley and also in: West End, Moorgreen, Whiteley, Shedfield, Shirrell Heath, Curdbridge, Swanwick, Bursledon, Durley Mill, Knowle, Boorley Green, Burridge, Wintershill, Hedge End, Sarisbury, Waltham Chase, Horton Heath, Durley Street, together with these postcodes SO30 2ED, SO30 2SN, SO30 2TW, SO30 2TP, SO30 2GY, SO30 2GU, SO30 2TN, SO30 2EA, SO30 2SH, SO30 2FS. Local Botley pest controllers will likely have the postcode SO30 and the telephone code 01489. Verifying this should confirm you access locally based pest control. Botley home and business owners can utilise these and numerous other pest related services.

Reporting Rats

The following is a little more information on a subject that we highlighted before. It is always a good idea to report it to the local authority Environmental Health Department if you see rats in a public place, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden. In the case of rats this is occasionally a free service, though you'll normally be faced with a charge for other pests such as bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches. Rat infestations can also be reported using the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. Click HERE to book your local rat catcher and get the issue sorted out promptly.

Kinds of Rat

There are two species of rat that you may run into in Botley, Hampshire or in fact any place else in Great Britain. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, sewer rat or common rat) is the most commonly found rat in Britain and throughout Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rat attains lengths of four to nine inches (plus tail) and weights 140 to 500 grams. While once considered to have spread from Norway (hence its name), this rat is now understood to have come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, they burrow a lot and climb effectively, they are omnivores but prefer grain cereals, the female rats can produce 5 litters of as many as 14 pups every year.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Also not native to the UK, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat first arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia (most likely India). It is believed to have spread to Europe at the time of the Roman Empire, almost certainly traveling in shipments of spices. The black rat was at one time prevalent in Britain however was largely ousted by the brown rat and is now not often seen. The black rat grows to a length of five to seven inches a weight of 75-230g. Known to pass on bubonic plague, tularemia, listeria, Weil's disease, salmonella, rat bite fever, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis and typhus, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rat Bite Wounds

Whilst they're by no means among the most common injuries inflicted on humans in Great Britain, periodically bites from rats do happen, and the implications can sometimes be serious. When rats are threatened or feel cornered, they can attack and bite people, thus if you find yourself in that situation, leave a clear exit route and keep out of the way.

These kinds of bites have been known to occur where rats are being kept as pets, and you're likely chancing it somewhat if you shove your hand inside a rat's cage. Rat bites aren't necessarily serious, but must be avoided when possible, and they can become infected or be life threatening if they turn into "rat bite fever". If it's left untreated "rat bite fever" (RBF) can cause death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever - "Rat bite fever" (streptobacillary RBF) can have a number of signs and symptoms, including:

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

You should immediately wash the affected area with warm water, if you are bitten by a rat, and then apply an antibiotic cream to the bite area, and cover it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. You need to make an appointment to see your doctor, or go to the nearest hospital A&E, even if you believe it isn't that serious. It is also wise to get a tetanus shot, in particular if you have not had one of these in the last 5 years.

Rat Traps

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Whether you are intending to tackle the rat issue yourself or if you're bringing in the experts, one way to achieve this is with rat traps. You can find various different types of rat traps these days, some of which exterminate the rats and others that imprison the rat for release later. If you're against doing harm to animals, maybe the capture trap will be your perfect solution. The available rat trap types include: cage traps, electronic rat traps, spring loaded bait traps and enclosed poison traps.

Rat Poison

Using poison is perhaps one of the more unpleasant ways to get rid of rat infestations. This is normally achieved by setting a bait laced with poison, which is subsequently eaten by a rat leading to its death several days later. The correct placement of the poison is important and may lead to the failure or success of this approach. The noxious compounds which are widely-used in making rat poison includes: difenacoum, bromadioline or brodifacoum. Dogs, cats and other pets may also be killed by coming into contact with such rat poisons, so be careful. Rat poison brands available in Botley include: Roshield, Elixir Gardens, Pest Expert, RatKil, Rentokil and Propest. (Tags: Rat Poison Botley, Rat Poisons Botley)

Rat Prevention Botley

The simplest way of avoiding issues with rodents is not to attract them in the first place. Subsequently, even though you don't presently have a problem with rats, rat prevention must be extremely high on your priority list. Amongst the principal factors that cause rat and rodent infestations is domestic trash littering gardens. You will do little else but attract rats and mice if you provide them with both the place and materials to build nests. Furthermore, refrain from giving them easy foodstuffs by leaving domestic waste food laying around and putting bird feeders out with grain that will simply attract them. (Tags: Rat Prevention Botley, Rat Deterrents Botley)

To Summarise

Householders with rat problems in Botley are occasionally tempted to have a crack at resolving it for themselves. Therefore, if this happens to you, what should you do? By looking around supermarkets, hardware stores and shops in the Botley area, it is not too difficult to buy rat poisons, rat traps and other similar merchandise.

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Having said that, unless you know exactly what you are at, it is probably much better to appoint an expert rat exterminator, who will have dealt with such problems hundreds of times before, and will know exactly what the preferred solution is.

In many cases the novice's use of rat poisons is not actually all that helpful, and could even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to take the chance of harming your children and pets? If you know what's best for you, always use a specialist rat control service in Botley for a solution to your rat problems.

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Botley rat catchers can generally help with bed bug control, pest control in Botley, ultrasonic pest control, dead animal removal, bird nest clearing, wildlife management Botley, rat removal services, rat control, residential pest control, the installation of pheromone stations (for moth entrapment), ingress pest solutions, rat deterrents, garden pest control Botley, mole catching, bed bug heat treatments, powder treatments, rat poison, rat proofing, pest netting, guano removal, thermal imaging surveys in Botley, commercial pest control, rat extermination, pest extermination, fogging & spray treatments, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, rat prevention, bird proofing, rat baits in Botley, pest removal services Botley and other pest control in Botley, Hampshire. These are just an example of the duties that are handled by those specialising in pest control. Botley companies will keep you informed about their entire range of services.

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Also find: Durley Mill pest control, Burridge pest control, Shedfield pest control, Knowle pest control, Horton Heath pest control, Durley Street pest control, Swanwick pest control, Bursledon pest control, Whiteley pest control, Waltham Chase pest control, West End pest control, Hedge End pest control, Sarisbury pest control, Moorgreen pest control, Wintershill pest control, Curdbridge pest control, Boorley Green pest control, Shirrell Heath rat catchers and more. All of these places are serviced by professional pest control. Botley business and home owners can get pest control quotes by going here.

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Rat Control Around Botley: Property owners living in the following roads and areas have just recently inquired about rat and pest control services - Pern Drive, Maddoxford Way, High Street, Broad Oak, Freegrounds Road, Rowley Drive, Bailey Close, Tickner Close, Crows Nest Lane, Duke Road, Sengana Close, Kilford Court, Maddoxford Lane, Gento Close, Jenkyns Close, Blind Lane, Bubb Lane, Shamblehurst Lane North, Glebe Court, Cypress Gardens, Chancellors Lane, Kestrel Close, Oatlands Close, Cheping Gardens, as well as these local Botley postcodes: SO30 2ED, SO30 2SN, SO30 2TW, SO30 2TP, SO30 2GY, SO30 2GU, SO30 2TN, SO30 2EA, SO30 2SH, SO30 2FS. These places recently saw activity by experts in pest control. Botley homeowners were given competent and top quality pest control services in all cases.

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(This pest control Botley article was generated by Stephen Locke 06-06-2022)