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Dartmouth Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Dartmouth Rat Catchers (TQ6): While it is not really a common problem in Dartmouth nowadays, people do have trouble with rats from time to time. Seeing a rat in your property or garden is not a pleasant experience, and is enough to give some property owners the shakes. Lone rats are not likely to cause that much of an issue, but of course rats tend to reproduce quickly and may cause issues when they grow in numbers.

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There are 2 kinds of rat that you might spot in Dartmouth, black rats and brown (common) rats. Its pretty improbable that you'll ever come across a black rat, and if you have spotted a rat just recently chances are it will have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly scarce now, although where they are seen they are amazing climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring every 12 months.

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The brown rat is bigger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilo and reaching lengths of almost 9 inches. Brown rats can cause destruction as they have to continuously gnaw on things to stop their teeth from getting too long. Timber is particularly vulnerable to their attention.

Rats cause a range of issues in businesses and homes in Dartmouth and they gnaw through woodwork, wires, pipes and insulation, spread disease, leave behind droppings, and generally cause a nuisance. Homeowners ought to report incidences of rats to their relevant local authorities. You could also report rat sightings on the .gov website online HERE.

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It is not invariably by appearance alone that you will be alerted to the existence of rats, their actions are oftentimes enough to give warning. Perhaps you could come across holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards, you might stumble upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you could hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall or you might start seeing droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces.

To tackle this situation there are several approaches that you might consider. You could lay out traps or poison yourself, you can speak to your local Dartmouth authority or council or you could track down a pest removal expert. In these modern times rat catchers typically fall into the category of pest management, and pest elimination companies not only remove rats but also wasps, fleas, moles, bedbugs, mice, cockroaches and many other kinds of domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Dartmouth, Rat Catcher Dartmouth )

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Pest control and rat catching can be carried out in Dartmouth and also nearby in: Downton, Harbertonford, Blackpool Sands, Kingswear, Ashprington, Bowden, Norton, Strete, Blackawton, Dittisham, Ash, Stoke Gabriel, Cornworthy, Stoke Fleming, and in these postcodes TQ6 0FH, TQ6 9HA, TQ6 0FD, TQ6 0LA, TQ6 9BS, TQ6 9AX, TQ6 9HT, TQ6 9BU, TQ6 9AL, TQ6 9DR. Local Dartmouth pest controllers will probably have the telephone dialling code 01803 and the postcode TQ6. Verifying this will make certain that you are accessing locally based pest control. Dartmouth householders will be able to utilise these and many other pest related services.

Rat Traps Dartmouth

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Whether you're planning to handle the rat issue yourself or whether you're bringing in the experts, one of the ways to deal with rats is by using rat traps. These days there are several different kinds of rat traps to choose from, providing you with a selection of capture alternatives. People who can't stand to see creatures of any kind hurt, will obviously lean towards the capture style of trap. Available kinds of rat trap include the likes of: spring loaded bait traps, cage traps, electronic rat traps and enclosed poison traps.

Signs of Rat Infestations

There are a few ways by which you can find out when you've got rats. If you've got a notion that there might be rats in your business or home you can keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they are dark brown and look just like large grains of rice, listen out for scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, especially at night, check for gnaw marks in wires, wood and cables, particularly in attics, look out for burrows or holes adjacent to solid objects, search for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, watch for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks.


If you have rats appearing in your garden, the probabilities are that there will be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and dig and they normally do this close to solid objects or structures such as terraces, pathways, garden shed bases and garage foundations. These are the locations to check out if you believe there are rats about. These are not often just simple holes, but extensive networks of burrows, created to provide nesting, shelter and food storage. Watch out for holes with smooth sides, that have been polished by the continuous ins and outs of these busy creatures. Typically about two to four inches across, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to spot. It's possible to find out if rats are still about by temporarily blocking the entrance hole to see if they come back and remove it.

Problems With Mice in Dartmouth

Although not so distressing as finding rats scampering around house or garden, mice may be nearly as much of an issue. The same as rats, mice leave droppings, breed rapidly, contaminate food, gnaw at things and are basically a nuisance. The same techniques are normally employed to clear up mouse problems in Dartmouth, this means poisoning and trapping are favoured. When you have an infestation of mice, Dartmouth rat catchers will be very happy to help clear up this problem. Head right over to BARK and track down a pest control specialist in your area.

Rat Bites

While, in Britain, bites from rats are not that common, they certainly do occur every once in a while, and the effects can be serious in some situations. When cornered or stressed, rats can bite people, thus if you encounter one in a confined area, it is wise to leave a clear exit route so it can easily escape.

You'd think that folks would be cautious about shoving their hand in a rat's cage, yet as rats are often kept as pets, this is an increasing cause of rat bites. Rat bites aren't always dangerous, though should be avoided wherever possible, and they can become infected or be fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever". If left without treatment "rat bite fever" can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

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

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

If you're ever bitten by a rat you should wash the wound promptly, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover it up with a clean gauze or bandage. Even if the bite doesn't appear to be that serious, you must make an emergency appointment with your GP or head straight to the closest A&E unit. Getting a tetanus vaccination is also advisable, in particular if it is more than five years since you've had one.

Types of Rat

In Dartmouth, Devon and throughout the United Kingdom, there's only 2 sorts of rat which you're ever likely to come across. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, common rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most commonly found rat in the United Kingdom and all over Continental Europe (also North America). The coloration of this rodent of the family Muridae ranges between grey and brown, it grows to about four to nine inches (and a similar length of tail) and has a weight of between 140 and 500 grammes. Although at one time considered to have spread from Norway (hence its name), the brown rat is now known to have first come from China or at least Central Asia. Brown rats are omnivores (consume any foodstuffs) although they prefer to eat grains and cereals, they've got excellent hearing but poor eyesight, the female rats attain sexual maturity in just 5 weeks and might have 5 litters a year (up to 14 in each), they climb effectively and dig extensively.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating from Southeast Asia the black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native species of the British Isles or Europe. It is believed to have spread to Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, probably hidden in cargoes of spice. The black rat was once widespread in the United Kingdom but was basically replaced by the larger brown rat and is now not often seen. The black rat grows to a length of 5" to 7" and weighs around 75-230g. Known to cause rat bite fever, tularemia, bubonic plague, trichinosis, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, typhus, salmonella and listeria, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Rat Prevention Dartmouth

The simplest way to prevent problems with rats and mice is to discourage them from the outset. So, even when you do not presently have a problem with rats, rat prevention must be right at the top of your priority list. Domestic rubbish laying around your garden is one of the primary reasons for rat and mouse infestations. You will simply encourage rats and mice if you provide them with both the materials and location to build a nest. If there's also a lot of food available those rats will be in paradise, so be warned that many bird feeders attract rats, especially when they're prone to spilling over, and domestic household food waste should never be easily accessible.

To Summarise

Having a rat problem in Dartmouth is a situation that everybody fears, and when this happens to you, the temptation might be to try to solve it yourself. Rat traps, rat poisons and other similar merchandise is readily available in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Dartmouth, so the things that you need can easily be purchased.

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A specialist rat exterminator in Dartmouth is however the best person for the job, given that ridding yourself of rats may not be as simple as you might assume.

Usually the novice's use of rat toxins isn't really that helpful, and can even cause more problems than it solves - would you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your pets and children? If you've got any doubts, call in the professionals for rat control in Dartmouth.

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Dartmouth rat catchers can generally help you with wasp nest removal, rat trapping, pest control for fleas, commercial pest control, thermal imaging surveys for pest indentification in Dartmouth, the installation of pheromone stations (for moth entrapment), powder treatments Dartmouth, mice pest control, pest control, commercial rat control, rat extermination, rat baits Dartmouth, electronic pest control, bird nest clearing in Dartmouth, rat proofing Dartmouth, pigeon pest control, rat control, garden pest control Dartmouth, fogging & spray treatments, squirrel control in Dartmouth, dead bird removal, emergency 24 hour pest control in Dartmouth, restaurant pest control Dartmouth, bird pest control Dartmouth, residential pest control, domestic pest control, the removal of contaminated loft insulation in Dartmouth, bed bug heat treatments, dead animal removal, the control of pests Dartmouth and other pest control in Dartmouth, Devon. Listed are just a handful of the tasks that are handled by those installing pest control. Dartmouth companies will keep you informed about their full range of services.

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Also find: Cornworthy pest control, Ashprington pest control, Stoke Gabriel pest control, Downton pest control, Dittisham pest control, Ash pest control, Blackpool Sands pest control, Blackawton pest control, Strete pest control, Bowden pest control, Harbertonford pest control, Kingswear pest control, Norton pest control, Stoke Fleming rat catchers and more. All these villages and towns are catered for by professional pest control. Dartmouth home and business owners can get pest control quotes by going here.

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Rat Control Around Dartmouth: Some Dartmouth streets and areas where rat problems have recently been resolved - Floaters Road, Flavel Place, Seymour Drive, Town Close, Sandquay Road, Hermitage Road, Mayflower Close, Keep Lane, College Way, Davis Road, Ferry Slip, Union Street, Lord Nelson Drive, Ridge Hill, Mashford Avenue, Jubilee Close, South Ford Road, Mayor's Avenue, Beatty Way, Grenville Close, Collingwood Road, Naida Vale, Chestnut Grove, Rock Park, Prince Of Wales Drive, Faulkner Close, North Ford Road, Redlap Road, as well as the following local Dartmouth postcodes: TQ6 0FH, TQ6 9HA, TQ6 0FD, TQ6 0LA, TQ6 9BS, TQ6 9AX, TQ6 9HT, TQ6 9BU, TQ6 9AL, TQ6 9DR. Work was carried out in these locations by experts in pest control. Dartmouth business and home owners enjoyed dependable and top notch pest control services in every case.

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(This pest control Dartmouth content was created on 06-10-2022)