Pest Control Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Fordingbridge Rat Catchers (SP6): Noticing a rat in your garden or house can be rather a horrifying thing to experience even though it isn't so common an occurrence in Fordingbridge in recent times, it is definitely not unusual. Rats breed fairly quickly and can cause issues, particularly when they are present in numbers. A single incidence of a lone rat may not be that much of a worry, but if you're noticing them frequently you need to get some specialist advice.

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If you spot rats in Fordingbridge, the chances are that they will be brown rats, although there are actually 2 species of rat at present living in the British Isles; black (ship) rats and brown (or common) rats. As you may be aware black rats were blamed for the Great Plague of the 17th Century and at that time they were really widespread. Black rats are quite rare nowadays but in fact neither variety is native to the United Kingdom, both hailing from from Asia.

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The brown rat is bigger than the black rat (Rattus Rattus) and can weigh nearly half a kilogram, with a length of about 9 inches. Much of the damage attributable to brown rats is down to the fact that to prevent their incisor teeth from growing too much, they have to continually gnaw on stuff. Woodwork is especially prone to this interest.

An infestation of rats cause a number of issues for home or business owners throughout Fordingbridge, they gnaw through insulation, wires, pipes and woodwork, leave droppings, spread diseases, and contaminate foodstuffs. Any sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authority. It's also possible to report a rat problem on the .gov web page HERE.

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You don't need to actually witness rats to know of that they're there, due to the fact that there are plenty of telltale signs that will alert you to their activity. Perhaps you might spot distinctive rat holes gnawed into skirting boards or floorboards, you might start seeing droppings on floors or in cupboards, you might come across a rat's nest in some tucked away location or you might hear scratching coming from a loft, floor or wall.

If you are going to have this situation managed properly you'll want to call in an expert. You can either get in touch with your local authorities or call in a professional Fordingbridge pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. Back many years ago, rat catchers were simply that, but today they are referred to as pest control experts and will not only be willing to help you manage rat problems but also mice, wasps, ants, cockroaches, moles and more.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Fordingbridge and also nearby in: Charing Cross, Lower Burgate, Frogham, Ellingham, Hyde, Rockbourne, Sandleheath, Godshill Wood, Blissford, North Gorley, Alderholt, Damerham, Stuckton, Woodgreen, Upper Burgate, Breamore, Gorley Lynch, South End, and in these postcodes SP6 1FP, SP6 1QX, SP6 1QW, SP6 1JG, SP6 2JS, SP6 1RE, SP6 1HU, SP6 1NZ, SP6 1NH, SP6 1BF. Locally based Fordingbridge pest controllers will probably have the dialling code 01425 and the postcode SP6. Verifying this should guarantee you access locally based pest control. Fordingbridge home and business owners can benefit from these and lots of other pest related services.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We are going to go into a little more detail here, though this topic was brought up previously. It is always a good idea to report it to the local environmental health if you discover rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Some your local council will offer a free service for rat problems but charges are usually made for many other pests for example cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps. You can check out the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report sightings of rats. You are obviously able to arrange your local rat catcher to come over and handle the situation by clicking HERE.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

Whether you are likely to take care of the rat issue yourself or whether you are employing the experts, one way to deal with rats is with rat traps. There are actually various different styles of rat trap these days, some which kill rats and some which capture the rat for release later. Should you be against the harming of animals, probably the capture traps are the best answer. Rat traps are available all styles and sizes and include the likes of: enclosed poison traps, spring loaded bait traps, electronic rat traps and cage traps.

Rat Bites

Whilst not that common in the UK, bites from rats certainly do happen every now and then, and in some situations they can be dangerous. When rats are pressured or feel cornered, they can bite humans, so if you unfortunately find yourself in a situation like that, keep out of the way and leave an easy exit route.

Rat bites sometimes occur in houses where rats are kept as pets, and poking your hand inside a rat's cage is certainly an action to be wary of. Rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they turn into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), so they should be avoided when possible, although of of course they're not always dangerous. If it is not treated rapidly "rat bite fever" has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - A number of signs and symptoms can be suffered by somebody with "rat bite fever" including:

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

If are bitten by a rat you should wash the affected area immediately, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover with a clean bandage. Even if the wound does not appear that serious, you must book an appointment to see your GP or head for the nearest A&E. Getting a tetanus vaccination is also wise, particularly if it's more than five years since you've had one.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

With their twitching whiskers, fur covered bodies and pointy faces, some people might find rats and mice to be quite cute, however they're definitely not the type of creatures that you want in your home or garden in Fordingbridge, and can be more dangerous than you would suppose. Mice and rats can cause damage to your home by gnawing through wood, electric wires, plasterboard and plastic, and are quite often responsible for fires and other problems. Between the two rats and mice can spread more than 30 forms of diseases including conditions like listeria, bubonic plague, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, salmonella and typhus. A variety of different things will attract mice and rats to your garden or home including:

  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is one of the primary attractions for mice and rats.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of trash and garden waste stacked up on your property (especially in the garden) will definitely attract mice and rats.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Remarkably pet waste and even compost heaps can be attractive to mice and rats - they'll find a few tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can squeeze through the smallest of holes and cracks, so be on the lookout for gaps around doors, pipework, crawl spaces and roof vents.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an attic, garden shed or basement will be particularly attractive to rats and mice, especially if there's a food source close by.
  • WATER - Busy mice and rats need to drink, therefore water sources like dripping sprinkler systems, leaking pipes, birdbaths and pet bowls are a big enticement for these unwanted pests.

Kinds of Rat

In Fordingbridge or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, there are only 2 kinds of rat that you are likely to come across. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Fordingbridge, the rest of Britain and Europe the most prevalent species of rat is the brown rat (sewer rat, common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat), this is what you are most likely to discover in your garden or property. This brown or grey coloured rodent reaches lengths of 4-9 inches (plus tail) and weight around 140 to 500g. Nowadays thought to have originated in Central Asia (possibly China), this rat was once believed to have come from Norway. Brown rats climb well and dig extensive burrows, they have bad eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, the females can produce up to five litters each year, they'll eat pretty much anything (omnivores) but favour cereal grains.

The Black Rat

The black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not a native of the United Kingdom, originating from Southeast Asia. It's thought to have spread to Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, most likely traveling in cargoes of spice. The black rat was at one time prevalent in Great Britain but was essentially replaced by the brown rat and is now not often seen. Growing to lengths of five to seven inches, the black rat weighs in at around 75-230 grammes. Black rats have a reputation for spreading several diseases, in particular listeria, bubonic plague, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, salmonella and typhus.

Problems With Mice in Fordingbridge

Maybe thought by many to be not so unsettling as rats, seeing mice inside your house can cause just as many problems. While much smaller, mice will still leave droppings, contaminate foodstuffs, breed rapidly and gnaw at things. The resolution to mouse problems in Fordingbridge are largely the same as those used for rats ie trapping and poisoning. Fordingbridge rat catchers will also be happy to help you with mice infestations, so call one up or head to BARK to get the issue sorted.


Having a problem with rats in Fordingbridge is something that everyone dreads, and when this happens to you, you may be tempted to try to solve it yourself. By looking around supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in and around Fordingbridge, it's not at all hard to purchase rat poisons, rat traps and other similar products.

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An experienced rat exterminator in Fordingbridge is however the ideal person for the job, because removing rats isn't always as easy as you may assume.

In most instances the newcomer's use of rat poison isn't really that beneficial, and can even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to take the chance of harming your children and pets? If you know what is best for you, always bring in a specialist rat control service in Fordingbridge for a solution to your rat problems.

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Also find: Breamore pest control, Upper Burgate pest control, North Gorley pest control, Alderholt pest control, Hyde pest control, Blissford pest control, Woodgreen pest control, Frogham pest control, Godshill Wood pest control, Stuckton pest control, Gorley Lynch pest control, Charing Cross pest control, Rockbourne pest control, Damerham pest control, Sandleheath pest control, Ellingham pest control, Lower Burgate pest control, South End rat catchers and more. The majority of these towns and villages are served by local pest control. Fordingbridge home and business owners can get estimates by clicking here.

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Rat Control Around Fordingbridge: Households in Frog Lane, Albion Road, Pennys Lane, Jubilee Road, Waverley Road, Oaklands Close, Mayfly Close, Pembridge Road, Lyster Road, West Mills Road, Salisbury Street, St. Georges Road, The Pantiles, Midgham Road, Meadow Avenue, Manor Close, Mill Court, Park Road, Porters Lodge, The Old Vineries, Yew Tree Court, Waverley Close, Reeder Close, Allenwater Drive, St. Georges Crescent, have needed rat control services recently. Pest control was also done in the following Fordingbridge area postcodes: SP6 1FP, SP6 1QX, SP6 1QW, SP6 1JG, SP6 2JS, SP6 1RE, SP6 1HU, SP6 1NZ, SP6 1NH, SP6 1BF. Work was achieved in these areas by experts in pest control. Fordingbridge business and home owners were given professional and reliable pest control services.

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(This pest control Fordingbridge article was created by Stephen Locke 06-06-2022)