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Earl Shilton Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Earl Shilton Rat Catchers (LE9): Though its not so common in these modern times, discovering a rat in your house or garden in Earl Shilton isn't a pleasant thing to experience. One single rat sighting shouldn't be too much of a problem, but, if you observe rats more often or see multiple rats you could be in trouble as they tend to reproduce so quickly.

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There are actually 2 types of rat which you might come across in Earl Shilton, black rats and brown (common) rats. It's rather improbable that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you have seen a rat fairly recently it is likely to 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're fairly scarce now, but where they do occur they are exceptional climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring in just one year.

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The brown rat is normally bigger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilogram and reaching lengths of nearly nine inches. Most of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is due to the fact that to prevent their incisors from growing too long, they must continually gnaw on stuff. Wood is particularly vulnerable to this gnawing.

Rats leave behind droppings, gnaw through wires, pipes, woodwork and insulation, spread disease, and are typically problematic in businesses and homes throughout Earl Shilton. The local authorities needs to be notified when there are any incidences of rats. Or perhaps post a report recording pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, that will be passed onto the relevant local authorities.

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You will from time to time become aware of the presence of rats not in fact by physically seeing them, but by them indicating their activity by other means. It is possible you could hear scratching coming from a loft, wall or floor, you might come across holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards, you may find a rat's nest in some out of the way location or you may start seeing droppings in cupboards or on the floor.

If you're going to have this issue tackled properly you might want to call in an expert. You can either contact your local authorities or bring in a professional Earl Shilton rat catcher or pest controller yourself. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be just that, but nowadays they're labeled pest control experts and will not only be able to help you with rat problems but also resolving problems with cockroaches, wasps, mice, ants, moles and many more.

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Kinds of Rat

In Earl Shilton and throughout the British Isles, there are only two kinds of rat which you're ever likely to come across. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Earl Shilton, the rest of Britain and Continental Europe the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (common rat, street rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is the kind you'll most likely spot in your home or garden. The colouring of this rodent varies between grey and brown, it grows to approximately 4-9" (with an equivalent length of tail) and has a weight range of between 140 and 500 grams. Now understood to have originally come from Central Asia, this rat was once presumed to have come from Norway. Brown rats are omnivores (consume anything) though they favour cereals, they have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the females attain sexual maturity in only 5 weeks and often give birth to five litters per year (with as many as 14 young in each), they climb well and burrow extensively.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of the British Isles, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat first came to Europe from India and Southeast Asia. It is thought to have spread to Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, quite possibly traveling in shipments of spices. At one time commonplace in Great Britain, this rat disappeared when the brown rat appeared. Weighing in at just 75-230g, the black rat grows to a length of 5" to 7". Black rats are known to spread several diseases, especially listeria, rat bite fever, bubonic plague, typhus, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, Weil's disease and salmonella.

Do You Have Rats?

When you have an idea that you might have rats in your home or business, there are a number of means by which you are able to tell. You could try to find signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, check for gnawing in cables, wood and wires, especially in attics, watch for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks, keep your eyes open for faeces, they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown in colour, listen out for scratching noises emanating from attics and walls, particularly at night, look out for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid objects.


If you have rats running around the garden, the probability is that there will be a burrow. Rats love to dig and burrow and they typically dig them next to solid structures and objects like shed bases, terraces, pathways and garages. These are the places to check out if you think there might be rats about. Providing food storage, nesting and shelter, rat burrows are excavated into substantial networks that may even cause damage if something isn't done. Keep an eye out for holes having smooth edges, which have been rubbed by the frequent comings and goings of these busy little animals. Commonly approximately 2" to 4" in diameter, entrances to burrows are quite easy to identify. Chuck some debris into the entrance and look the following day to ascertain if it has been moved. This can clarify if rats are still using it.

Rat Sightings - Reporting

The following is more detail on a subject we highlighted earlier on this page. It is always a wise idea to report it to the local environmental health if you see rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public place. With regards to rats this is occasionally a free service, even though you will usually be charged for some other pests for example wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs. You can go to the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report rat sightings. You are obviously able to schedule your local rat catcher to pop in and tackle the issue by clicking HERE.

What Attracts Rats?

Regardless of their outwardly cute appearance, with their fur covered bodies, twitching whiskers and pointy faces, mice and rats can be dangerous and are not creatures that you want to be making a home in your house or garden in Earl Shilton. By gnawing through insulation materials, floorboards, plastic and electrical wires, rats and mice can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. More than 30 different sorts of disease are spread by mice and rats including conditions like listeria, rat bite fever, bubonic plague, typhus, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, Weil's disease and salmonella. Among the different things that will attract mice and rats to your home and garden are:

  • FOOD - Food that's left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in a shed, cellar or loft will be particularly attractive to rats and mice, particularly if there's a source of food close by.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Mice and rats can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so look out for gaps around vents, crawl spaces, doors and pipes.
  • WATER - Busy little rodents have to drink, so water sources like birdbaths, leaking pipes, dripping sprinkler systems and pet water bowls are a big temptation for these unwelcome pests.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Incredibly pet waste and even heaps of compost can attract mice and rats - there will be some tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • TRASH/RUBBISH - Accumulations of junk and garden waste piled up on your property (especially in the garden) will definitely attract rodents.

Not surprisingly rats and mice aren't just a problem in Earl Shilton itself, you may also come across them in Barwell, Kirkby Mallory, Stapleton, Newbold Verdon, Enderby, Desford, Stoke Golding, Croft, Blaby, Stoney Stanton, Littlethorpe, Huncote, Hinckley, Peckleton, Elmesthorpe, Thurlaston and some other areas nearby.

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Having a rat problem in Earl Shilton is something that everyone fears, and when you find yourself in this scenario, the temptation might be to try to resolve it on your own. By looking around hardware stores, shops and supermarkets in and around Earl Shilton, it is not too difficult to acquire rat poisons, rat traps and similar solutions. Retaining the services of a professional Earl Shilton rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless of course you know exactly what you're doing, because the correct solution is not always the most obvious one. Quite often the rookie's use of rat poisons isn't actually that helpful, and can even do more harm than good - would you really want to risk the possibility of harming your children and pets? You'd be much better off enlisting the assistance of an expert when you want rat control in Earl Shilton. (Tags: Rat Removal Earl Shilton, Rat Exterminators Earl Shilton, Rat Control Earl Shilton)

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(This pest control Earl Shilton article was compiled by S Locke 20-07-2022)