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Colchester Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Colchester Rat Catchers (CO1): Observing rats in your garden or even inside your home can be rather a frightening thing to go through and while it is not such a frequent occurrence in Colchester nowadays, it is definitely something that happens from time to time. Rats breed rather quickly and are likely to cause issues, particularly when their numbers spiral out of control. A single sighting of a solitary rat probably won't be much of a concern, however if you are noticing them on a regular basis you ought to get some specialist advice.

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Although neither of the 2 rat breeds at present found in the UK are native to these islands, they've certainly thrived since they got here. The brown rat is especially common whilst the black (ship) rat isn't so much these days. Both of these types originated from Asia and arrived in the UK on boats (as stowaways).

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The black rat at 5 to 7 inches, isn't as large as the brown variety, which grows to a length of up to about 9 inches and weighs close to half a kilogram. To prevent their incisor teeth from getting too long, common brown rats have to keep gnawing at stuff, which explains why they're the cause of so much damage. Rats especially love to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats can cause many problems in homes and business premises in Colchester and they gnaw through pipes, woodwork, wires and insulation, transmit disease, leave behind droppings, and are generally problematic. Any regular incidences of rats should always be reported to the local authority. It is possible to report rat and pest sightings on the .gov website online HERE.

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You will oftentimes notice the existence of rats not by actually observing them, but by their indicating their presence by other means. Perhaps you could hear noises coming from a loft, wall or floor, you may notice droppings on floors or in cupboards, you could find a rat's nest in some concealed location or you could spot distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards.

If you want to have this problem managed correctly you must get in touch with a specialist. You could either get in touch with your local environmental health department or hire the services of a specialist Colchester rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. There aren't that many folks these days who just specialize in issues with rats, you can also bring them in if you have a problem with moles causing damage or even a wasp nest in your loft. (Tags: Rat Catcher Colchester, Pest Control Colchester )

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Rat catching and pest control can be done in Colchester and also in nearby places like: Horkesley Heath, Fox Street, Greenstead, Aldham, West Bergholt, Coggeshall, Stanway, Highwoods, Parsons Heath, Braiswick, Crockleford Heath, Maypole Green, Lexden, Wivenhoe, Ardleigh, Mile End, together with these postcodes CO1 1DG, CO1 1RR, CO1 1HD, CO1 1RD, CO1 1GP, CO1 1EN, CO1 1SZ, CO1 1DX, CO1 1HB, CO1 1TW. Locally based Colchester rat catchers will most likely have the postcode CO1 and the phone code 01206. Checking this can ensure you're accessing locally based pest control. Colchester home and business owners are able to benefit from these and numerous other similar services.

Types of Rat

You're only going to run into 2 sorts of rat in Colchester, Essex or anywhere in Britain. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or street rat) is the most commonly seen rat in Britain and all over Continental Europe (also North America). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is ordinarily four to nine inches long (excluding the tail) and weighs about 140 - 500 grammes. It is usually found wherever people are living. This rodent was named Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) because it was presumed to have come to the UK by boat from Norway. The brown rat is nowadays considered to have originated from Central Asia/China. Brown rats are omnivores (consume anything) although their favourite is grain cereals, they have bad eyesight but good hearing, the females attain sexual maturity in just 5 weeks and are able to give birth to five litters each year (with up to 14 pups in each litter), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus) roof rat or ship rat is also not native to Great Britain, originating in Southeast Asia (probably India). It's regarded as having spread through Europe in Roman times, probably hidden in cargoes of spice. At one time prevalent in the UK, this rat disappeared when the brown rat became dominant. This rat gets to lengths of five to seven inches and usually weighs 75 to 230 grams. Renowned for causing diseases black rats may be to blame for salmonella, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, listeria, rat bite fever, typhus, bubonic plague, Weil's disease and tularemia.

Reporting Rats and Pests

Let's go into it a bit more here, even though this topic was mentioned earlier in this article. It is always best to inform the local environmental health if you spot rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public area. Some local councils will solve problems with rats at no cost, but if you have other pest infestations such as cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps they will generally charge you. It is also a possibility to report rat sightings through the Government (.gov) webpage which you'll find HERE. To get the problem taken care of promptly book a rat catcher HERE.

Rat Bites

Whilst they are not among the most commonplace injuries sustained by humans in the British Isles, from time to time bites from rats certainly do occur, and the effects can sometimes be serious. Rats can bite humans when they feel pressured or cornered, therefore in confined spaces it is best to keep out of their way, and leave them an easy exit route.

A fair few incidences of rat bites happen when rats are kept as pets (really?), and shoving your hand in a rat's cage is something of a risk. Rat bites can turn nasty or even life threatening if they turn into "rat bite fever", subsequently they must be avoided if possible, although of of course bites are not always serious. "Rat bite fever", if left without treatment, can cause death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

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

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

You should immediately wash the affected area with warm water, if you are bitten by a rat, and administer an antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a clean bandage. Even if you don't think it is that bad, you must have it checked out at your closest A&E department, or book an appointment to see your doctor or GP. If you've not received a tetanus jab in the last 5 years or so, you should also get one of these.

Rat Burrows

When you have rats living in your garden, the probabilities are that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to burrow and they often dig them near to solid objects or structures such as pathways, terraces, garden sheds and garage foundations. These are the places to check if you believe there are rats nesting there. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but rather extensive networks of burrows, made to provide shelter, food storage and nesting places. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is a smooth sided hole close to a solid surface, where the movement of furry critters have polished and rubbed the entrance. If you notice holes but aren't sure if they're made by rats, they'll usually be two to four inches in diameter. A great way to determine if rats still live in that particular burrow is to chuck a bit of stuff into the burrow and see if it has been removed the next day.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

With their fur covered bodies, twitching whiskers and pointy faces, some folk might find rats and mice to be rather cute, however they're certainly not the type of animals that you want to be living in your house or garden in Colchester, and can be more dangerous than you might believe. By gnawing through floorboards, electrical wiring, plastic and insulation materials, rats and mice can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Between the two mice and rats can spread more than thirty kinds of diseases including things like salmonella, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, listeria, rat bite fever, typhus, bubonic plague, Weil's disease and tularemia. A variety of different things will attract mice and rats to your home or garden including:

  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can squeeze through the smallest of holes, so look out for gaps around pipes, vents, crawl spaces and doors.
  • WATER - Rats and mice have to drink, so sources of water such as birdbaths, leaking pipes, pet bowls and seeping sprinkler systems are a big temptation for these unwelcome pests.
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is one of the main attractions for rats and mice.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably heaps of compost and even pet waste can attract mice and rats - there are likely to be a few tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in a shed, cellar or loft will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there is a source of food close by.
  • TRASH - An accumulation of garbage and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (especially in the garden) will obviously attract rodents.

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Rat Traps

One technique that you may use to sort out a rat problem is by the use of rat traps. Rat traps can be created to exterminate rats or to compassionately imprison rats for release later. If you're averse to hurting animals, perhaps the capture trap are the perfect solution. Available rat trap styles include: spring loaded bait traps, electronic rat traps, cage traps and enclosed poison traps.

Colchester Mole Catching

A few Colchester rat catchers can also help with mole issues. Responsible for totally different problems to rats, moles are usually not quite so hated. It is outside in the garden where you are likely to have issues with moles, and lawns in particular are at risk. The recognizable sight of earth mounds in the middle of a nicely manicured lawn are the evidence of this activity. Trapping is by far the most humane and acceptable solution to reduce the incidence of moles.

In Conclusion

When you've got a problem with rats in Colchester you might be tempted to try to solve it on your own - and certainly lots of homeowners in Colchester do just that. Rat poisons, rat traps and similar merchandise is readily accessible in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Colchester, so the items you need can easily be bought.

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A specialist rat exterminator in Colchester is however the ideal person for the job, as getting rid of rats isn't always as easy as you may imagine.

On account of the risks to children and pets, the rookie's use of rat toxins is not usually advised, and is often not effective in any case. You'd be much better off enlisting the help of a professional when you want rat control in Colchester. (Tags: Rat Exterminators Colchester, Rat Control Colchester, Rat Removal Colchester)

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Colchester rat catchers can generally help you with ultrasonic pest control Colchester, rat trapping Colchester, the installation of moth trapping pheromone stations, preventive pest control Colchester, rat control, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, ants pest control in Colchester, wasp pest control Colchester, powder treatments, environmental pest control Colchester, bird pest control Colchester, domestic rat control Colchester, pest extermination, fox pest control Colchester, domestic pest control Colchester, wasp nest removal, squirrel control, bed bug heat treatments, bed bugs pest control, mouse control, rat prevention, garden pest control Colchester, the control of pests, bird nest clearing, rat baits Colchester, pigeon pest control in Colchester, bird proofing in Colchester, dead animal removal, anti-bird spike installation, mouse pest control Colchester, household pest control Colchester and other pest control in Colchester, Essex. Listed are just a small portion of the tasks that are conducted by those specialising in pest control. Colchester providers will inform you of their entire range of pest control services.

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