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Dawlish Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Dawlish Rat Catchers (EX7): Whilst it's not really a common occurrence nowadays in Dawlish, homeowners do still have issues with rats from time to time. Seeing a rat in your house or garden isn't a good experience, and would be enough to give some people the shivers. Lone rats are unlikely to cause that much of an issue, however rats reproduce rapidly and can start to cause problems as soon as their numbers rise.

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Although neither of the two species of rat currently seen in Great Britain are native to these shores, they've certainly become well established. The brown rat is particularly common (hence its name) while the black (ship) rat isn't so much so nowadays. Both of these species originated in Asia and got to the British Isles on ships.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7 inches, is a little smaller than the brown rat, which attains lengths of up to about nine inches and weighs around half a kilo. A lot of the damage and destruction attributable to brown rats is because to prevent their teeth from getting too long, they must continuously gnaw on stuff. Rats especially like to gnaw on timber.

Rats leave droppings, gnaw their way through insulation, pipes, woodwork and wires, transmit disease, and are typically troublesome in businesses and homes throughout Dawlish. The local authorities should be informed whenever rats are sighted. Or post a report recording pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, to be forwarded to the relevant local authorities.

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You may not really need to observe rats to know of their existence, since there are a range of signs that can alert you to their presence. Perhaps you could stumble upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you may hear scratching noises coming from a loft, wall or floor, you could observe rat holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards or you could detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards.

If you don't want to wait for environmental health to take care of your problem you can also call a local Dawlish pest controller or rat catcher who'll be an expert in the business of pest removal. Nowadays rat catchers normally come under the category of pest control, and pest elimination services not only control rats but in addition wasps, fleas, moles, bedbugs, mice, cockroaches and a variety of other garden and household pests. (Tags: Ratcatchers Dawlish, Pest Control Dawlish )

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Dawlish and also nearby in: Holcombe, Chudleigh Knighton, Bishopsteignton, Shutterton, Preston, Cockwood, Dawlish Warren, Trusham, Starcross, Ashcombe, Kenton, Mamhead, Teignmouth, Cofton, together with these postcodes EX7 0FP, EX7 9AP, EX7 0HP, EX7 0DY, EX7 0DN, EX7 0AB, EX7 0HL, EX7 0ET, EX7 0FL, EX7 0FB. Locally based Dawlish pest controllers will likely have the phone code 01626 and the postcode EX7. Checking this should confirm that you access locally based pest control. Dawlish homeowners can utilise these and many other pest related services.

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The best way of avoiding issues with mice and rats is not to encourage them to start with. Consequently, rat prevention must be a thing to keep in mind even if you don't have problems with rats at this time. Household waste littered around your garden is accepted as one of the major reasons behind rat and rodent infestations. Supplying them with both the place and materials to build nests will only attract them. Also, you should refrain from giving them easy foodstuffs by leaving waste food around the garden and putting bird seed feeders out with grain that will just attract them. (Tags: Rat Prevention Dawlish, Rat Deterrents Dawlish)

Rat Sightings - Reporting

Here's a bit more detail on a subject we highlighted previously. The local authorities is where you should send a report if you see rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public area. Occasionally your local council will provide a free service for rat issues but charges are usually made for most pests for example wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. It's also actually possible to report rats through the Government (.gov) website which you can visit HERE. You can obviously book a local rat catcher to come and deal with the situation by going HERE.

Rat Bite Wounds

Even though they're not one of the most commonplace injuries inflicted on people in the United Kingdom, periodically rat bites do occur, and the consequences can sometimes be grave. When cornered or scared, rats can attack and bite people, thus when you encounter one in a confined space, it is best to leave it a clear exit route so that it can easily escape.

Rat bites have been known to occur in homes where rats are being kept as pets, and placing your hand inside a rat's cage is definitely an action to be wary of. Rat bites can become infected or be life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), therefore they should be avoided wherever possible, although of of course they're not always dangerous. If it's not treated swiftly "rat bite fever" can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - A number of symptoms and signs can be experienced by somebody with "rat bite fever" (streptobacillary RBF) including:

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

If you're unlucky enough to get bitten by a rat, wash the wound, put on some antibiotic cream, and cover the affected area with a bandage. Even if the bite does not appear to be that major, you should book an appointment to see your GP or head to the nearest hospital A&E. If you've not had a tetanus vaccine in the last 5 years, it might be wise to get one of these too - the hospital will probably do this as routine.


Burrowing and digging is one thing that all rats like to do and its next to solid structures and objects such as patios, shed bases, pathways and garage foundations that they mainly prefer to dig. They create substantial burrow networks which provide nesting places, shelter and food storage. Watch out for holes with smooth sides, which may have been rubbed by the continual motion of these busy little animals. Usually two to four inches across, entrances to rat burrows are not hard to identify. Toss some stuff into the entrance hole and look the next day to ascertain if it has been cleared. This should show you if the rats are still living there.

To Summarise

Having a problem with rats in Dawlish is a situation that most of us fear, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you may be tempted to try to resolve it on your own. There are a host of products available to help you to accomplish this and you will buy rat traps, rat poisons and other products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Dawlish.

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A professional rat exterminator in Dawlish is however the ideal person for the job, since controlling rats isn't necessarily as easy as you may believe.

The newcomer's use of rat poison is likely to cause more problems than it solves, because you've got to be extremely cautious with them especially when pets and children are about. If in doubt, speak to the professionals for rat control in Dawlish. (Tags: Rat Exterminator Dawlish, Rat Removal Dawlish, Rat Control Dawlish)

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Dawlish rat catchers will likely help with wasp pest control in Dawlish, insect heat treatments, rat trapping, rat baits, restaurant pest control Dawlish, bird pest control Dawlish, rat proofing in Dawlish, bed bug control, mouse control, pigeon pest control in Dawlish, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, rat pest control, pest extermination, bird dropping removal, ultrasonic pest control, rat infestations, powder treatments Dawlish, rat catching in Dawlish, rodent control Dawlish, wildlife management, pest control in Dawlish, pest removal, bird nest clearance, rat poison, residential pest control Dawlish, squirrel pest control, rat extermination, wasp nest removal in Dawlish, mice pest control, fogging & spray treatments and other pest control in Dawlish, Devon. Listed are just some of the tasks that are conducted by people specialising in pest control. Dawlish contractors will be happy to tell you about their full range of services.

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Also find: Preston pest control, Starcross pest control, Teignmouth pest control, Mamhead pest control, Chudleigh Knighton pest control, Shutterton pest control, Kenton pest control, Cofton pest control, Ashcombe pest control, Trusham pest control, Bishopsteignton pest control, Holcombe pest control, Cockwood pest control, Dawlish Warren rat catchers and more. Most of these towns and villages are catered for by local pest control. Dawlish householders can get pest control estimates by clicking here.

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Rat Control Around Dawlish: Some Dawlish areas and roads where rat issues have recently been solved - Higher Drive, Princes Street, Stockton Avenue, Park Road, Pine Close, Little Week Road, Vicarage Road, Winward Rise, Lea Mount Road, Nash Gardens, Underwood Close, Sycamore Avenue, Summerland Close, Stonelands Park, Smugglers' Lane, Elm Grove Close, Lea Mount Drive, The Orchard, Exeter Road, Beechwood Crescent, Summerhayes, The Mews, Park Rise, Brook Close, Ashcombe Road, Richards Close, as well as the following Dawlish area postcodes: EX7 0FP, EX7 9AP, EX7 0HP, EX7 0DY, EX7 0DN, EX7 0AB, EX7 0HL, EX7 0ET, EX7 0FL, EX7 0FB. These places recently saw activity by specialists in pest control. Dawlish home and property owners enjoyed reliable and professional pest control services.

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(This pest control Dawlish content was written by S Locke 06-06-2022)