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Great Bookham Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Great Bookham Rat Catchers (KT23): Though it isn't so commonplace in these modern times, finding a rat in your house or garden in Great Bookham isn't really a pleasing thing to go through. One single sighting of a rat may not be that much of an issue, nonetheless, if you spot rats more often or spot more than one you could be heading for trouble because they breed so quickly.

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If you do discover rats in Great Bookham, the probabilities are that they're going to be brown rats, even though there are actually 2 sorts of rat presently found in the British Isles; black (or ship) rats and brown (or common) rats. As you may know black rats were responsible for the spread of the Great Plague (17th C) and at that time they were fairly common. Black rats are relatively rare now and in fact neither species is a native of the United Kingdom, both of them coming from Asia.

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The black rat at 5-7" long, is smaller than the common brown rat, which grows to lengths of up to about 9" and weighs in at around half a kilo. To prevent their incisor teeth from getting too long, brown rats have to keep chewing stuff, which explains why they cause such a lot of damage and destruction. Timber is particularly prone to this gnawing.

Rat infestations can cause all kinds of issues for business owners and householders in and around Great Bookham, they will leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, gnaw through woodwork, insulation, pipes and wires, and build nests. The local council really should be informed when there are any incidences of rats. Or otherwise go HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You don't have to actually see rats to confirm that they are there, because there are numerous telltale signs which will warn you of their activity. Perhaps you could detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you may hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you could find a rat's nest in some tucked away location or you could encounter rat holes gnawed into floorboards or skirtings.

If you want to have this problem resolved effectively you ought to call in a specialist. You could contact your local environmental health department or bring in a professional Great Bookham pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. There aren't a lot of folks nowadays who only specialise in issues with rats, you're also able to call them if you have a problem with a wasp nest in your loft area or maybe moles digging up your lawn.

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Pest control and rat catching can be carried out in Great Bookham and also nearby in: Effingham, Wisley, Martyr's Green, Pixham, Ranmore Common, Ockham, Little Bookham, West Horsley, Bridge End, Givons Grove, Mickleham, Ashtead, East Horsley, Westhumble, East Clandon, Fetcham, Stoke D'Abernon, Headley, Downside, Ripley, and in these postcodes KT23 3PP, KT23 3JA, KT23 3DJ, KT23 3HU, KT23 3NS, KT22 9TE, KT11 3QG, KT23 3NJ, KT23 3PW, KT23 3BH. Locally based Great Bookham pest controllers will probably have the postcode KT23 and the dialling code 01372. Checking this can guarantee that you're accessing local pest control. Great Bookham property owners will be able to benefit from these and lots of other pest related services.

Rat Bites

Whilst bites from rats aren't all that common in the United Kingdom, they do happen on the odd occasion and they can be dangerous in some situations. When cornered or stressed, rats can attack and bite people, so when you encounter one in a confined environment, it is advisable to leave an exit route so it can easily escape.

These types of bites occasionally occur where rats are kept as pets (which is happening quite frequently these days), and you're likely to be looking for trouble if you shove your hand into a rat's cage. Rat bites aren't always dangerous, but should be avoided where possible, and they can become infected or be fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever". "Rat bite fever", if left without treatment, has a 10% mortality rate.

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

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

If you are unfortunate enough to get bitten by a rat, carefully wash the wound, apply some antibiotic cream, and bandage the affected area. Even if the bite does not appear that serious, you should book an appointment to see your GP or go to the closest A&E. Having a tetanus jab is also advised, especially if it is more than five years since you've had one.

Spotting Rats

There are plenty of ways by which you can find out if you have rats. When you've got a notion that there might be rats in your business or property you could be on the lookout for holes or burrows near to solid surfaces, pay attention to gnawing in wires, wood and cables, especially in attics, listen for continual scratching noises coming from walls and rooves, in particular during the night, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown, search for signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas.

Reporting Rats and Pests

We highlighted this subject earlier, so now I'll go into it a bit more. If you spot rats in your own garden, in a public space or in a neighbours garden its sensible to report it to the local council. With regards to rats this might sometimes be a cost-free service, although you will frequently be asked to pay for other pest infestations for example wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs. Rat sightings can also be reported via the .gov webpage HERE. To get things sorted out fast contact a rat catcher HERE.

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The best way of avoiding issues with rodents is to discourage them in the first place. Therefore, even when you don't actually have a problem with rats, deterring rodents ought to be on top of your priority list. Among the primary factors that cause rat and mouse infestations is household trash littering gardens. Supplying both the materials and place to build nests will achieve nothing but attract them. In addition, avoid supplying them with easily accessible food by leaving domestic food waste laying around and putting bird feeders out with grain that will simply encourage rats.

Rat Burrows

If you have rats appearing in your garden, the probability is there's going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to burrow and they often excavate them next to solid objects or structures like paths, shed bases, garages and terraces. These are the best spots to check if you believe there are rats nearby. They create extensive burrow networks that provide them with shelter, nesting and food storage. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is usually a hole with smooth sides near to a solid surface, where the movement of hairy critters have rubbed and polished the entrance. The entrances to rat burrows are usually two to four inches across. You can find out if rats are still in situ by partially filling up the burrow entrance to see if they come back and clear it.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

Despite their seemingly cute appearance, with their pointy faces, twitching whiskers and furry bodies, rats and mice can be dangerous and are not animals that you want to be living in your home or garden in Great Bookham. By chewing through plastic, floorboards, electrical wiring and insulation materials, mice and rats can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Spreading things like trichinosis, typhus, listeria, salmonella, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, Weil's disease, bubonic plague and rat bite fever, mice and rats can cause over 30 different kinds of disease. A variety of different things will attract rats and mice to your garden and home including:

  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably compost heaps and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - they'll find plenty of tasty titbits hidden in there!
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of trash and garden rubbish piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will certainly attract mice and rats.
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in an attic, shed or basement will be especially attractive to rats and mice, especially if there is a source of food close by.
  • WATER - Mice and rats have to drink, which means that water sources such as pet bowls, birdbaths, seeping sprinkler systems and leaky pipes are a big temptation for these unwanted pests.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can squeeze through the smallest of holes and cracks, so keep an eye out for spaces around air vents, plumbing, crawl spaces and doorways.

Rat Poisons

Poisoning is perhaps one of the more distasteful methods by which to eliminate rats. Grains of wheat are covered using a poisonous compound and left for the rats to consume, it only takes a few days for them to perish. When set in the perfect position within an area where rats have been seen, poison can pretty quickly kill a large population of rats. Generally bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum are the poisons used. Rat poison does not just kill rats, dogs, cats and other pets are also at risk, so care must always be taken in using it. Well known brands of rat poison made in Great Bookham include: Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens, Roshield, Propest, Rentokil and RatKil. (Tags: Rat Poison Great Bookham, Rat Poisons Great Bookham)

Great Bookham Mole Catching

Although not such a common pest nowadays moles are also often dealt with by rat catchers. Moles cause issues in another way to to rats and are not anywhere near as disliked. The main problem with moles is they cause quite a bit of damage to your garden, especially lawns. The sight of heaps of earth scattered all over a nicely clipped lawn are the proof of this activity. Moles may be caught in traps and then released someplace else, if you prefer the most humane resolution.


When you have a problem with rats in Great Bookham you could possibly try to take care of it on your own - and of course countless homeowners in Great Bookham do choose that plan of action. By looking around supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Great Bookham area, it is not too difficult to acquire rat poisons, rat traps and other solutions.

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Contacting a specialist Great Bookham rat exterminator would however be preferable, unless of course you know exactly what you are doing, as the correct strategy is not always the obvious one.

Due to the dangers to children and pets, the rookie's use of rat toxins is not really advised, and it's not always effective in any case. You would be far better off enlisting the assistance of a professional whenever you need rat control in Great Bookham.

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Rat Control Around Great Bookham: Some Great Bookham streets and areas where rat issues have recently been solved - Manor Place, Dale Close, Beales Road, Dean Walk, Lygarth Close, Durleston Park Drive, Norbury Way, Kidborough Down, Chapel Lane, Barrington Drive, West Down, Proctor Gardens, Blackthorne Road, Downs Way, Chilmans Drive, Flint Close, Greville Court, White Way, High Street, Hawkwood Dell, Styles End, Allen Road, Timber Close, Downs View Road, as well as the following Great Bookham area postcodes: KT23 3PP, KT23 3JA, KT23 3DJ, KT23 3HU, KT23 3NS, KT22 9TE, KT11 3QG, KT23 3NJ, KT23 3PW, KT23 3BH. Work was performed in these areas by experts in pest control. Great Bookham home and business owners enjoyed dependable and top notch pest control services.

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