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Budleigh Salterton Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Budleigh Salterton Rat Catchers (EX9): Whilst it isn't so common nowadays, finding rats in your garden or even inside your home in Budleigh Salterton just isn't a nice thing to go through. One sighting of a rat may not be that much of a cause for concern, nevertheless, if you spot rats more regularly or see more than one you could potentially be in for trouble as they reproduce so quickly.

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There are actually 2 species of rat which you may spot in Budleigh Salterton, black rats and common (brown) rats. Its rather improbable that you will ever see black rats, and if you've encountered a rat fairly recently its likely to have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were common at one time and were blamed for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're fairly scarce now, though where they do exist they are exceptional climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred baby rats each year.

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Brown rats are ordinarily larger than black rats weighing in at half a kilogram and reaching a length of almost 9 inches. A great deal of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is down to the fact that to prevent their incisors from growing too much, they have to continuously chew on things. They especially prefer to gnaw on timber.

Rats leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through wires, pipes, insulation and woodwork, spread diseases, and generally cause issues in businesses and households in and around Budleigh Salterton. Property holders need to report sightings of rats to the local authority. Or perhaps head HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website online.

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You may not actually have to witness rats to confirm that they are there, since there are numerous revealing signs which will warn you of their activity. It is possible you might come across distinctive rat holes gnawed into skirtings or floorboards, you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor, you may discover droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards or you could stumble upon a rat's nest in some out of the way location.

To solve this issue there are two or three routes you might consider. You could lay poison or traps yourself, you could find a rat catcher or you can speak to your local Budleigh Salterton authority or council. There are not all that many people nowadays who specialize only in rat catching, so you can also contact them if you have a problem with moles causing damage or perhaps a wasp nest in your loft space.

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Pest control and rat catching can be carried out in Budleigh Salterton and also nearby in: Otterton, Knowle Village, Woodbury, Newton Poppleford, Sandy Bay, Sidbury, Exmouth, Aylesbeare, Sidmouth, Kersbrook, East Budleigh, Littleham, Sidford, Lympstone, together with these postcodes EX9 6HX, EX9 6LA, EX9 6AD, EX9 6DU, EX9 6HQ, EX9 6BE, EX9 6PY, EX9 6QP, EX9 6NL, EX9 6HL. Local Budleigh Salterton pest controllers will probably have the postcode EX9 and the dialling code 01395. Checking this should guarantee that you access local pest control. Budleigh Salterton home and business owners will be able to utilise these and numerous other comparable services.

Have You Got Rats?

There are numerous ways by which you can find out when you have rats. If you've got a notion that there may be rats in your home or business you can listen for continual scratching noises coming from walls and attics, in particular at nighttime, keep your eyes open for faeces (droppings), they are dark brown in colour and look like large grains of rice, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, pay attention to gnawing in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, be on the lookout for holes or burrows close to solid surfaces.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although, in Britain, rat bites are not that common, they do happen every once in a while, and the effects can be serious in some instances. When rats are cornered or feel scared, they can attack and bite humans, thus if you unfortunately find yourself in that situation, leave an easy exit route and stay out of the way.

These kinds of bites sometimes occur where rats are being kept as pets, and you're likely to be asking for trouble if you stick your hand in a rat's cage. While they aren't necessarily dangerous, rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), therefore they should be avoided wherever possible. If it isn't treated rapidly "rat bite fever" (RBF) can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - Among the symptoms and signs of "rat bite fever" are:

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

In the unlikely circumstance that you ever get a rat bite, you'll have to carefully bathe the wound, apply a layer of antibiotic ointment, and wrap it with a clean, sterile gauze or bandage. Even if the bite doesn't appear that major, you must book an appointment to see your GP or go to the nearest A&E. If it is more than five years since you received your last tetanus vaccination, you should get one of those done as well, because rat bites can easily become infected.


The one thing which rats love to do is burrow, and the location where they primarily love to burrow is close to solid structures and objects like paths, garden sheds, patios and garages. Useful for food storage, nesting places and shelter, burrows are dug into extensive systems which could even cause damage to structures if allowed to continue. Keep an eye out for holes having smooth sides, that have been rubbed by the steady coming and going of these busy creatures. If you discover holes but are not sure if they are rats, they will commonly be around 2-4 inches across. It's possible to find out if rats are in situ by partially blocking the entrance hole to find out if they return and clear it.

Species of Rat

In Budleigh Salterton, Devon and throughout Britain, there are only 2 kinds of rat that you're going to run into. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (sewer rat, street rat, common rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most commonly seen rat in Britain and all over Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rodent attains lengths of four to nine inches (plus the tail) and weights 140 to 500g. Though once believed to have originated from Norway, the brown rat is now known to have come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats are omniverous (consume just about anything) though their favourite foods are cereal grains, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the females attain sexual maturity in only five weeks and can have five litters per annum (up to 14 young in each), they climb well and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus) roof rat or ship rat is also not a native of the British Isles, arriving from Southeast Asia. Probably traveling in shipments of spices for the Roman Empire, the black rat consequently spread throughout Europe. The black rat was at one time common in the United Kingdom but was typically ousted by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often found. Weighing in at only 75-230 grammes, the black rat attains a length of 5-7 inches. Black rats are known to spread various diseases, in particular toxoplasmosis, listeria, bubonic plague, typhus, tularemia, trichinosis, salmonella, rat bite fever and Weil's disease.

Rat Traps

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Rat traps are one of the ways to deal with a rat situation, no matter whether you are tackling it yourself or getting the rat catchers in. Rat traps may be intended to exterminate a rat or to humanely imprison a rat for later release. Should you be opposed to doing harm to animals, perhaps the capture rat trap will be your best answer. The available styles of rat traps include the likes of: enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps, cage traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Mole Problems

Some rat catchers in Budleigh Salterton will also help with moles. Certainly not such detested critters, moles bring about different problems to rats. The main issue with moles is that they cause quite a bit of damage to your garden, particularly your lawn. Neatly trimmed lawns ruined by ugly mounds of newly dug dirt are a sure sign of activity by moles. Trapping is certainly the most acceptable and humane way to remove moles.

Problems With Mice in Budleigh Salterton

While not so terrible as discovering rats in your garden or house, having mice can be as much of an issue. Mice, similar to rats, gnaw at things, contaminate foodstuffs, breed quickly and leave droppings. The same methods are normally employed to solve mouse problems in Budleigh Salterton, this means that poisoning and setting traps are favoured. Irrespective of whether you've got an infestation of mice or rats, pay a visit to BARK to find an expert Budleigh Salterton pest controller to get it sorted.

To Summarise

Homeowners with a rat problem in Budleigh Salterton are sometimes tempted to have a shot at resolving it for themselves. So, if this happens to you, what should you do? Rat poisons, rat traps and similar products are readily available in hardware stores, shops and supermarkets in the Budleigh Salterton area, so the stuff you need can easily be purchased.

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An experienced rat exterminator in Budleigh Salterton is however the ideal person for the job, as eliminating rats isn't always as simple as you may assume.

In most situations the amateur use of rat toxins isn't actually all that beneficial, and may even make matters worse - do you really want to risk the possibility of harming your children and pets? You would be much better off enlisting the assistance of a professional when you are in need of rat control in Budleigh Salterton.

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