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Hadleigh Rat Catchers (SS7): While it isn't all that common these days, finding rats in your garden or house in Hadleigh is not really a good thing to go through. Just one sighting of a rat should not be that much of an issue, however, if you witness rats more frequently or notice more than one rat you could potentially be in trouble because they breed so rapidly.

There are 2 species of rat which you may spot in Hadleigh, black rats and brown (common) rats. Its rather improbable that you'll ever see black rats, and if you have spotted a rat just recently its likely to have been one of the more commonplace brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were once common and were blamed for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are rather scarce nowadays, though where they do exist they have good hearing, are terrific climbers, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats in a single year.

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Brown rats are bigger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh as much as half a kilo, with a length of about 9 inches. Brown rats cause destruction because they've got to continually gnaw at stuff to prevent their teeth from getting too long. Timber is especially prone to their interest.

Rats can cause various kinds of problems in homes and business premises around Hadleigh and they gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, leave droppings, spread diseases, and generally cause a nuisance. The local council ought to be notified when there are any sightings of rats. Or alternatively head HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov website.

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You will oftentimes identify the presence of rats not actually by physically seeing them, but by their indicating their existence by other means. It is possible you could spot distinctive rat holes chewed in skirtings or floorboards, you could discover droppings in cupboards or on the floor, you may hear noises coming from a wall, loft or floor or you could come across a rat's nest in some concealed location.

Unless you want to wait around for environmental health to remedy your rat problem you could choose to speak to a local Hadleigh pest controller or rat catcher who'll be knowledgeable in the area of pest removal. In the good old days, rat catchers were just that, but at present they tend to be termed pest controllers and won't solely be willing to help with getting rid of rats but also eliminating ants, wasps, mice, moles, cockroaches and more.

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Rat Traps One strategy that you could use to sort out a rat infestation is by the use of rat traps. Rat traps may be made to kill rats or to compassionately capture a rat for release later. If you're opposed to the harming of animals, perhaps the capture style traps would be your best solution. The available rat trap styles include the likes of: cage traps, electronic rat traps, spring loaded bait traps and enclosed poison traps.

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Kinds of Rat

In Hadleigh, Essex or anywhere else in Britain, there's just two breeds of rat that you are ever likely to come across. These are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

The most widespread rat present in the United Kingdom, and in fact the most of Europe and North America, is the brown rat (street rat, common rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). This brown or grey coloured rodent attains lengths of 4 to 9 inches (plus the tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500g. Now known to have originally come from Central Asia, it was at one time assumed to have come from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats are omniverous (feed on just about anything) although they prefer to eat cereal grains, they have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, the female rats reach sexual maturity in about five weeks and can produce five litters per annum (up to 14 pups in each litter), they dig extensively and climb efficiently.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in India the black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of Britain or Europe. Possibly traveling in spice shipments at the time of the Roman Empire, the black rat consequently spread throughout Europe. The black rat was at one time widespread in the British Isles but was essentially replaced by the brown rat and now is quite rare. This rat attains lengths of 5" to 7" and weighs about 75g to 230g. Renowned for passing on disease black rats may be to blame for tularemia, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, salmonella, typhus, listeria, Weil's disease, rat bite fever and bubonic plague.

Signs of Rats

There are several ways that you can tell if you've got rats. If you have some suspicions that there might be rats in your business or home you could hunt for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, look out for tunnels or burrows adjacent to solid surfaces, listen out for constant scratching noises coming from attics and walls, particularly at night, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirting boards and walls, check for gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, keep your eyes open for droppings, they're darkish brown and look similar to large grains of rice.


Digging and burrowing is a thing that rats like to do and it is beside solid structures and objects like shed bases, terraces, garage foundations and walkways that they predominantly like to dig. These are not often just simple holes, but substantial systems of burrows, made to use as shelter, nesting and food storage. A sure indication of a rat burrow is often a smooth sided hole next to a solid structure, where the comings and goings of hairy animals have polished the entrance. Typically approximately 2" to 4" across, entrance holes to rat burrows are normally fairly easy to spot. An effective way to find out if rats are nesting in the burrow is to throw a bit of debris into the hole and see if it's been cleared away the following day.

Reporting Rats and Pests

Here is a little more information on a subject we talked about further up the page. The local authority Environmental Health Department is the place to send a report should you witness rats in a public space, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden. With regards to rats this is often a free service, though you'll frequently be asked to pay for some other pests for instance bed bugs, cockroaches and wasps. You can go to the .gov website HERE to report sightings of rats. Click HERE to organize your local rat catcher and get the issue tackled swiftly.

Clearly rats and rodents are not only found in Hadleigh itself, they may occur in Leigh-on-Sea, Bowers Gifford, North Benfleet, Hockley, Rochford, Corringham, Westcliff-on-Sea, South Benfleet, Thundersley, Pitsea, Canvey Island, Rayleigh, Stanford-le-Hope, Basildon, Eastwood and other Essex locations.

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Having a rat problem in Hadleigh is a situation that most of us fear, and when this happens to you, you may be tempted to try to solve it on your own. By looking around supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in and around Hadleigh, it is easy to buy rat poisons, rat traps and other merchandise. An expert rat exterminator in Hadleigh is however the best person for the job, seeing as ridding yourself of rats is not always as easy as you might suppose. On account of the dangers to pets and children, the novice's use of rat toxins isn't really recommended, and it isn't always effective in any case. If you know what's better for you, always use a professional rat control service in Hadleigh for solving your rat problems.

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