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Elstead Rat Catchers (GU8): Even though it isn't that commonplace these days, observing rats in your house or garden in Elstead is not really a nice experience to go through. Just one rat sighting might not be too much of a concern, nonetheless, if you notice rats more frequently or spot multiple rats you could be heading for trouble because they reproduce so quickly.

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There are actually two species of rat that you may come across in Elstead, black rats and brown (common) rats. It's quite improbable that you'll ever come across black rats, and if you've stumbled upon a rat fairly recently its likely to have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague, they are pretty scarce now, however where they do exist they're exceptional climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and the females can give birth to between twenty and one hundred baby rats every 12 months.

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The brown rat is bigger than the black rat weighing in at 500g and reaching a length of nearly 9 inches. To prevent their teeth from getting too long, brown rats need to keep on gnawing at things, which is why they cause such a lot of damage. Their attention is oftentimes targeting objects that is made out of timber.

An infestation of rats can cause all kinds of issues for business and home owners throughout Elstead, they'll gnaw through insulation, wires, woodwork and pipes, spread disease, leave behind droppings, and contaminate foodstuffs. Homeowners should always report rat sightings to their relevant local authorities. Or perhaps click HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website online.

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You will from time to time become aware of the presence of rats not actually by observing them, but by their announcing their presence in other ways. Perhaps you could hear scratching noises coming from a wall, floor or loft, you may find a rat's nest in some tucked away location, you could observe holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards or you could detect droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards.

If you do not want to wait for the local authorities to manage your problem you may also call a local Elstead pest controller or rat catcher who'll be knowledgeable in the world of pest removal. In centuries past, rat catchers were exactly that, but these days they tend to be termed pest control experts and won't just be willing to help you with getting rid of rats but also cockroaches, ants, moles, mice, wasps and many more.

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Rat Bites

While, in the United Kingdom, bites from rats are not all that commonplace, they do happen on occasion, and the implications can be serious in some instances. When pressured or cornered, rats can attack and bite humans, therefore when you come across one in a confined environment, it is advisable to leave a clear exit route so it can easily escape.

You'd think that folks would be cautious about placing their hand into a rat's cage, yet as rats are frequently kept as pets (really?), this is a rising cause of rat bites. Although they aren't necessarily serious, rat bites can become infected or be life threatening if they turn into "rat bite fever", so they should be avoided where possible. "Rat bite fever" (RBF) can lead to death, and has has a 10% mortality rate, if left untreated.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - Some of the signs of "rat bite fever" are:

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

In the unlikely circumstance that you're ever bitten by a rat, you'll need to bathe the wound, administer a layer of antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a clean, sterile bandage or plaster. Even if it does not seem to be that major, you should book an emergency appointment with your GP or go to the closest A&E unit. If you've not had a tetanus vaccine in the last five years, it would be wise to get one of these as well - A&E will probably do this routinely.


Burrowing and digging is something that rats really love to do and its at the side of solid structures and objects such as garden shed bases, patios, garage foundations and pathways that they particularly like to dig. They build substantial burrow networks that are useful for food storage, a nesting place and shelter. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides near to a solid structure, where the movement of hairy critters have rubbed and polished the entrance. The burrow entrances are usually about 2-4 inches in diameter. A good way to find out if rats still live in the burrow is to toss some debris into the hole and see whether it's been cleared the next day.

Kinds of Rat

In Elstead, Surrey or anywhere else in Great Britain, there's just 2 types of rat which you're ever likely to run into. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (sewer rat, common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat) is the most commonly found rat in the UK and across Continental Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rodent reaches lengths of 4-9 inches (plus the tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500 grams. Although at one time considered to have originated in Norway, this rat is now understood to have come from China. Brown rats have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, they climb effectively and dig burrows, they're omnivores but favour grain cereals, the female rats can reproduce five litters of up to 14 young every year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of Great Britain, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat initially came to Europe from India and Southeast Asia. Almost certainly traveling in shipments of spices in the times of the Romans, the black rat consequently spread through Continental Europe. The black rat was once common in the British Isles however was largely driven out by the larger brown rat and now is pretty uncommon. Weighing just 75-230g, the black rat grows to a length of 5" to 7". Well known for spreading pathogens and diseases black rats may be responsible for Weil's disease, tularemia, bubonic plague, typhus, salmonella, rat bite fever, listeria, toxoplasmosis and trichinosis.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

Rat traps are one of the strategies for dealing with a rat issue, no matter whether you are taking care of it yourself or bringing the professionals in. You will discover various different types of rat traps these days, some of which exterminate rats and some that imprison rats for release elsewhere. People who are loathe to see creatures of any type harmed, will obviously lean towards the capture type of trap. Rat traps are available all sizes and shapes and include the likes of: spring loaded bait traps, cage traps, enclosed poison traps and electronic rat traps.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We talked about this topic earlier, so now I'll go into it a bit more. The Environmental Health is the place to send a report if you see rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public place. Certain councils will solve problems with rats free of charge, but when you've got other pest infestations such as cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs they will quite often charge. You can go to the .gov website HERE to report rat infestations. To have things sorted out immediately contact a rat catcher HERE.

Do You Have Rats?

There are a few ways that you can tell if you've got rats. If you've got your suspicions that there may be rats in your property or business you should watch out for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks, listen out for scratching noises emanating from lofts and walls, particularly at nighttime, look out for tunnels or burrows alongside solid surfaces, hunt for signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, pay attention to gnawing in wires, cables and wood, particularly in lofts, keep your eyes peeled for droppings, they're dark brown in colour and look just like large grains of rice.

In Conclusion

Homeowners with a rat problem in Elstead are often tempted to have a crack at solving it for themselves. So, if this happens to you, what ought you to do? By looking in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Elstead, it's easy to acquire rat poisons, rat traps and similar products.

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Retaining the services of a competent Elstead rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know precisely what you're doing, as the correct approach isn't always the most obvious one.

The novice's use of rat poison will likely do more harm than good, since you must be exceptionally careful with them especially when pets and children are about. If you know what's better for you, always use a professional rat control service in Elstead for solving your rat problems.

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