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Exeter Rat Catchers (EX1): Although its not really a common problem in Exeter nowadays, householders do still have issues with rats every so often. Seeing rats in your house or garden isn't a nice experience, and could be enough to cause some homeowners the shivers. Individual rats are not likely to create much of a problem, however rats reproduce rapidly and can begin to cause issues as their numbers rise.

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There are 2 sorts of rat which you may run into in Exeter, brown (or common) rats and black rats. Its fairly unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you have encountered a rat fairly recently chances are it'll have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were once common and were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are quite rare now, though when they are found they have an acute sense of hearing, are exceptional climbers, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring every twelve months.

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The longest and heaviest of the two rat species is the common brown rat at about 9", while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5-7 inches. Much of the damage attributable to brown rats is due to the fact that to prevent their teeth from growing too much, they must continually gnaw on stuff. Rats particularly like to gnaw on timber.

Rats cause numerous issues in businesses and homes throughout Exeter and they spread diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw through woodwork, pipes, wires and insulation, and generally cause a nuisance. Householders must always report rat sightings to their relevant local authority. Or perhaps go HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov website online.

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You will often discover the presence of rats not by in fact observing them, but by their announcing their presence by other means. It is possible you could discover droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you might hear scratching coming from a loft, floor or wall, you could come across distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards or you could find a rat's nest in some hidden location.

If you're going to have this issue managed correctly you will have to get a professional. You can either contact your local authority or bring in a specialist Exeter pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. There aren't that many people nowadays who specialise just in issues with rats, so you can also bring them in if you've got a wasps nest in your loft area or maybe moles in your lawn. (Tags: Pest Control Exeter, Rat Catchers Exeter )

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Exeter and also in nearby places like: St Thomas, Poltimore, Birchy Barton, Alphington, Whipton, Nadderwater, Stoke Hill, Heavitree, Pocombe Bridge, Marsh Barton, Whitestone, Longdown, Ide, Exwick, Wonford, Cowley, and in these postcodes EX1 1JA, EX1 2BD, EX1 1RX, EX1 1ED, EX1 1DZ, EX1 2BH, EX1 1HY, EX1 1PE, EX1 1HD, and EX1 1JL. Local Exeter rat catchers will probably have the telephone dialling code 01392 and the postcode EX1.

Rat Poisons

One somewhat unpleasant way to resolve an infestation of rats is to lay down poison. This is achieved by leaving a poisoned bait, that is then ingested by the rat causing its death within a few days. The placement of the poison bait is vital and will likely lead to the success or failure of this procedure. One or more of three primary compounds that are used in rat poisons are: bromadioline, brodifacoum or difenacoum. You need to be extremely careful to keep this out of reach of cats, dogs and other pets. Rat poison brands made in Britain include: Elixir Gardens, Pest Expert, Rentokil, Propest, RatKil and Roshield. (Tags: Rat Poison Exeter, Rat Poisons Exeter)


A thing which rats love to do is dig burrows, and their favourite area to do it is close to solid structures and objects such as patios, garage foundations, garden sheds and walkways. Rats excavate substantial burrow networks which provide food storage, nesting and shelter. Watch out for holes with smooth sides, that have been rubbed by the endless movement of these busy creatures. Normally 2" to 4" across, burrow entrances are normally fairly easy to identify. It's possible to find out if rats are still living there by partially blocking the entrance hole to see if they return and remove it.

Kinds of Rat

You're only going to run across 2 species of rat in Exeter or anywhere in Britain. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).

The Brown Rat

In Exeter, the remainder of the British Isles and Europe the most common type of rat is the brown rat (sewer rat, common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat), this is the kind you will sometimes see in your garden or property. The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is generally 4" - 9" long (without the tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It is usually found wherever humans are living. This rodent was named Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since it was presumed to have arrived in the United Kingdom by boat from Norway. It is now thought to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats have an acute sense of hearing but poor eyesight, they dig extensive burrows and climb well, they are omnivores but favour cereals, the female rats can reproduce 5 litters of as many as 14 young each year.

The Black Rat

The black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native of the UK, originally coming from India and Southeast Asia. Understood to have been spread during the Roman Empire, this rat quite possibly reached Continental Europe and Britain via shipments of spice. The black rat was once widespread in the British Isles but was typically ousted by the brown rat and is now quite rare. The black rat grows to lengths of five to seven inches and weights of 75g to 230g. Black rats have a reputation for spreading many diseases, particularly Weil's disease, typhus, bubonic plague, listeria, rat bite fever, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, tularemia and salmonella.

Signs of Rats

If you have suspicions that you could have rats in your business or property, there are a variety of ways that you're able to tell. You could check for gnawing in wood, cables and wires, particularly in attics, keep an eye out for faeces, they are dark brown and look much like large grains of rice, watch for rub marks on walls and skirtings where greasy fur has left marks, hunt for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, look out for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid objects, listen out for scratching noises emanating from rooves and walls, particularly at nighttime.

What Attracts Rats?

With their twitchy whiskers, fur covered bodies and pointy faces, some people might find mice and rats to be quite cute, however they're certainly not the sort of animals that you want to be living in your home or garden in Exeter, and can be more dangerous than you might imagine. Rats and mice can cause damage to your home by nibbling through electric cables, insulation materials, plastic and wood, and are regularly to blame for fires and other accidents. Spreading conditions like Weil's disease, typhus, bubonic plague, listeria, rat bite fever, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, tularemia and salmonella, mice and rats can cause over thirty types of disease. Among the things that will certainly attract mice and rats to your garden or home are:

  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so keep an eye out for spaces around doorways, plumbing, crawl spaces and vents.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Surprisingly pet waste and even piles of compost can be attractive to rodents - there are some tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • WATER - Busy little rodents need to drink, which means that water sources such as seeping sprinkler systems, birdbaths, leaky pipes and pet water bowls are a big attraction for these unwelcome pests.
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • RUBBISH - An accumulation of trash and garden waste piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will surely attract rodents.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in an outbuilding, cellar or loft space will be especially attractive to rodents, particularly if there is a source of food close by.

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The easiest way of avoiding issues with rodents is to discourage them to start with. So, rat prevention should be something to look at even though you do not at present have a rat problem. Household rubbish laying around the garden is known to be one of the primary factors that cause rat infestations. You will do little else but attract rats if you supply them with both the materials and location to build nests. In addition, avoid providing them with easy foodstuffs by leaving waste food in your garden and putting bird feeders out with grain that will only encourage them. (Tags: Rat Prevention Exeter, Rat Deterrents Exeter)

Problems With Mice

Maybe considered by many people as not being so disconcerting as rats, discovering mice scuttling around your property can cause just as many issues. While not as large, mice will still contaminate foodstuffs, gnaw at stuff, leave droppings and breed rapidly. The approaches for mouse infestations in Exeter are much the same as those used for rats ie poisoning and trapping. Exeter rat catchers will also be happy to help you with mouse infestations, so contact one or head to BARK to get the problem sorted.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

Rat traps are one of the best techniques for dealing with a rat situation, no matter whether you are tackling it yourself or bringing a professional in. You can find various sorts of rat traps these days, some which kill the rats and others that imprison rats for release later. Those who do not like to see animals of any kind hurt, will doubtless opt for the capture style of trap. If you check around you can get loads of different patterns such as: spring loaded bait traps, electronic rat traps, cage traps and enclosed poison traps.

Mole Problems

Some Exeter rat catchers will also help with moles (the furry kind!). Responsible for completely different issues to rats, moles are not quite as despised. It's outside in your garden where you're likely to have problems with moles, and lawns specifically are susceptible. The sight of piles of earth in the middle of a nicely mown lawn are clear evidence of this activity. The preferred and humane solution to remove moles is by trapping. (Tags: Molecatchers Exeter, Mole Trapping Exeter)

Reporting Rats

We will go into more detail now, although this subject was brought up earlier in this article. It is always sensible to report it to the Environmental Health if you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public space. With regards to rats this could at times be a cost-free service, though you'll usually be asked to pay for some other pest infestations such as wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches. You can visit the .gov webpage HERE to report rat infestations. You can obviously schedule your own rat catcher to come over and tackle the problem by going HERE.

In Conclusion

When you've got a problem with rats in Exeter you could possibly try to resolve it on your own - and obviously many householders in Exeter do just that. By looking in hardware stores, shops and supermarkets in and around Exeter, it is easy to obtain rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products.

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Contacting a competent Exeter rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know exactly what you're up to, given that the right approach is not always the most obvious one.

On account of the dangers to pets and children, the novice's use of rat poisons isn't really advised, and is often not effective in any case. You'd be far better off enlisting the assistance of a professional when you need rat control in Exeter. (Tags: Rat Removal Exeter, Rat Control Exeter, Rat Exterminators Exeter)

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Also find: Nadderwater rat catchers, Wonford rat catchers, Longdown rat catchers, Poltimore rat catchers, Birchy Barton rat catchers, Marsh Barton rat catchers, Exwick rat catchers, Whipton rat catchers, Whitestone rat catchers, Stoke Hill rat catchers, Heavitree rat catchers, Alphington rat catchers, Pocombe Bridge rat catchers, Ide rat catchers, St Thomas rat catchers, Cowley rat catchers and more. Pest control services are widely available in the majority of these villages and towns. In dealing with your rat problem effectively and efficiently, these seasoned professionals bring a wealth of expertise and know-how. Whether you're dealing with a solitary rat or a larger infestation, these pest control specialists have the equipment and skills needed to resolve the issue quickly. To get pest control quotes, local homeowners can simply click here. Being plagued by rats? Get a quote today!

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(This pest control Exeter article was compiled on 20-05-2024)