Pest Control Bovingdon

Bovingdon Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Bovingdon Rat Catchers (HP3): While it isn't all that common in these modern times, seeing rats in your home or garden in Bovingdon is not really a great experience to go through. A single sighting of a rat may not be that much of a problem, however, if you witness rats more frequently or spot several rats you could be in trouble since they tend to reproduce so quickly.

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There are 2 kinds of rat that you might encounter in Bovingdon, black rats and brown (common) rats. Its fairly unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you've stumbled upon a rat just recently its likely to have been one of the more commonplace brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were once common and were the cause of the Great Plague, they're quite scarce nowadays, however when they are seen they have an acute sense of hearing, are excellent climbers, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats in just one year.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7 inches long, isn't as big as the brown, which attains lengths of almost 9 inches and weighs in at about 500g. The majority of the destruction caused by brown rats is down to the fact that to keep their incisors from growing too much, they've got to continuously gnaw stuff. Rats particularly like to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats cause lots of problems in homes and businesses in Bovingdon and they leave behind droppings, gnaw through wires, pipes, insulation and woodwork, spread diseases, and are generally problematic. The local authority should really be informed when there are sightings of rats. Or alternatively click HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You don't necessarily have to witness rats to confirm that they're there, because there are many signs which may alert you to their activity. Perhaps you could spot holes gnawed in floorboards or skirting boards, you may notice droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you might hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft or you may uncover a rat's nest hidden away.

If you do not want to wait around for the local authorities to manage your problem it's also possible to speak to a local Bovingdon pest controller or rat catcher who'll be a specialist in the field of pest removal. There are not very many folks nowadays who just specialize in issues with rats, you can also give them a call if you've got a wasp nest in your attic or maybe moles causing damage to your lawn.

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Pest control and rat catching can be done in Bovingdon and also nearby in: Botley, Belsize, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstea, Chesham, Ley Hill, Kings Langley, Pepnor, Berkhamsted, Whelpley Hill, Ashley Green, Bellingdon, Apsley, Lye Green, Asheridge, Hogpitts Bottom, Orchard Leigh, Chipperfield, Felden, together with these postcodes HP3 0LX, HP3 0EN, HP3 0LS, HP3 0RU, HP3 0QJ, HP3 0LD, HP3 0LT, HP3 0EG, HP3 0FA, HP3 0HU. Local Bovingdon rat catchers will likely have the telephone code 01442 and the postcode HP3. Checking this out will guarantee that you are accessing local pest control. Bovingdon home and business owners are able to benefit from these and many other comparable services.

Rat Prevention Bovingdon

Dissuading rats and mice long before they show up is actually the most effective way of avoiding such problems. Therefore, even though you do not actually have a problem with rats, deterring rodents has to be on top of your priority list. Domestic rubbish laying around your garden is one of the primary factors that cause rat infestations. You'll do nothing but encourage rats and mice if you give them both the materials and location to build nests. Additionally, you should refrain from giving them easily accessible food by leaving food waste lying around and putting bird seed feeders out with grain that is only going to encourage rats.

Rat Burrows

When you have rats running around your garden, the chances are there is going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats love to dig and burrow and they frequently excavate them near to solid objects or structures such as garage foundations, patios, garden shed bases and walkways. These are the best places to check out if you believe there are rats nearby. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but rather substantial networks of burrows, designed to use as shelter, a nesting place and food storage. Keep an eye out for holes having smooth edges, that have been rubbed by the continuous movement of these busy creatures. If you spot holes but are not sure if they're rats, they will normally be 2-4 inches across. A simple way to discover if rats are still in that particular burrow is to throw a bit of debris into the burrow entrance and find out if it has been cleared away the next day.

Checking for Rats

When you have suspicions that you might have rats in your home or business, there are a few means by which you are able to find out. You can listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and lofts, especially at nighttime, watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows close to solid objects, search for signs of footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, check for gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, especially in lofts, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they're dark brown in colour and look like large grains of rice.

Rat Bites

While they are not one of the most common injuries sustained by humans in the British Isles, every now and again rat bites do happen, and the consequences can sometimes be serious. If you stumble upon a rat in a confined space, it could attack and bite you if it is scared or cornered, so leave a clear exit route and try to avoid it.

Quite a few incidences of rat bites come about when rats are kept as pets, and placing your hand into a rat's cage could be asking for trouble. While rat bites aren't serious in all cases, they should be avoided wherever possible, and can turn nasty or even fatal if they turn into "rat bite fever". "Rat bite fever" (RBF), if left untreated, can cause death in 10% of cases.

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

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

If you are unfortunate enough to get bitten by a rat, carefully wash the wound in warm water, put on some antibiotic ointment, and cover the affected area with a bandage. You must make an emergency appointment with your doctor, or head for the nearest A&E, even if you believe it isn't that major. Getting a tetanus vaccine is also advised, particularly if it's more than 5 years since you've had one.

Mouse Problems Bovingdon

Although not as disconcerting as seeing rats scuttling around garden or house, mice can be equally as much of a concern. Just like rats, mice contaminate food, leave droppings, gnaw at things, breed quickly and are basically a nuisance. Much the same approaches are normally employed to solve mouse infestations in Bovingdon, this means poisoning and trapping are preferred. Bovingdon rat catchers will also be willing to help you with mice infestations, so call one up or check out BARK to get the problem sorted.

Reporting Rats and Pests

We outlined this subject previously, so here let's go into more detail. The Environmental Health is where you should report it if you discover rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space. When it comes to rats this could sometimes be a cost-free service, while you will often be required to pay for other infestations like wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. Rat sightings can also be reported by visiting the .gov webpage HERE. You can needless to say book your own rat catcher to pop in and tackle the situation by clicking HERE.

Types of Rat

In Bovingdon or anywhere in the British Isles, there are just two species of rat which you are going to come across. These are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (street rat, common rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most frequently found rat in Britain and all over Continental Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can often be grey in colour) is commonly 4-9" in length (excluding the tail) and weighs 140 - 500 grammes. It is always found wherever humans live. Nowadays thought to have originated in Central Asia (probably China), it was once assumed to have come from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats climb effectively and dig a lot, they have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats can produce up to five litters every year, they'll feed on virtually any foodstuffs (they are omniverous) but have a preference for grains and cereals.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Originating in Southeast Asia the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the United Kingdom or Europe. It is believed to have spread through Europe in Roman times, quite likely traveling in spice shipments. Pretty scarce nowadays in the United Kingdom, this rat was for the most part replaced by the larger brown (common) rat. Growing to a length of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs just 75-230 grammes. Well known for passing on salmonella, rat bite fever, typhus, trichinosis, listeria, tularemia, Weil's disease, bubonic plague and toxoplasmosis, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.


Having a problem with rats in Bovingdon is something that everyone dreads, and when this happens to you, you might be tempted to try to solve it on your own. By looking around shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in the Bovingdon area, it's pretty easy to obtain rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products.

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Contacting a competent Bovingdon rat exterminator would however be preferable, unless you know exactly what you're doing, as the correct strategy is not always the most obvious one.

The amateur use of rat toxins will likely do more harm than good, since you must be incredibly careful with them when children and pets are running around. You would be much better off enlisting the assistance of a professional whenever you need rat control in Bovingdon.

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Also find: Asheridge pest control, Whelpley Hill pest control, Hemel Hempstea pest control, Apsley pest control, Pepnor pest control, Berkhamsted pest control, Flaunden pest control, Chipperfield pest control, Botley pest control, Lye Green pest control, Orchard Leigh pest control, Ashley Green pest control, Chesham pest control, Hogpitts Bottom pest control, Felden pest control, Kings Langley pest control, Bellingdon pest control, Belsize pest control, Ley Hill rat catchers and more. All these areas are catered for by professional pest control. Bovingdon householders can get price quotes by clicking here.

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Rat Control Around Bovingdon: Property owners living in the following streets and roads have recently requested rat control services - Pembridge Road, Newhouse Road, Venus Hill, The Hollies, Louise Walk, Hempstead Road, Balfour Mews, Church Lane, Austins Mead, Old Dean, Molyneaux Avenue, Mitchell Close, The Bourne, Upper Bourne End Lane, Dudley Close, Apple Cottages, Claverton Close, Lysander Close, Longcroft Lane, Field Way, Dean Field, Hadland Close, Nye Way, Bushfield Road, as well as these Bovingdon area postcodes: HP3 0LX, HP3 0EN, HP3 0LS, HP3 0RU, HP3 0QJ, HP3 0LD, HP3 0LT, HP3 0EG, HP3 0FA, HP3 0HU. Work was carried out in these locations by specialists in pest control. Bovingdon homeowners benefited from dependable and high quality pest control services.

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(This pest control Bovingdon article was created by S. N. Locke 06-06-2022)