Pest Control Helmshore

Helmshore Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Helmshore Rat Catchers (BB4): Spotting a rat in your garden or home is usually rather an alarming experience to go through although its not so frequent an occurrence in Helmshore nowadays, its definitely not unheard of. Rats breed fairly quickly and are likely to cause problems, especially when they are seen in numbers. One incidence of a solitary rat won't be all that much of a problem, but if you happen to be observing them regularly it's best to do something about it.

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There are 2 kinds of rat that you may spot in Helmshore, brown (or common) rats and black rats. Its rather unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you have stumbled upon a rat just recently its likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were common at one time and were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are quite scarce now, though where they do occur they've got good hearing, are exceptional climbers, and can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats in a single year.

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The black rat at 5 to 7" long, isn't as large as the brown variety, which reaches a length of almost nine inches and weighs in at around half a kilogram. A great deal of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is down to the fact that to keep their incisors from growing too much, they have to continuously chew on things. They especially love to gnaw at woodwork.

Rat infestations may cause lots of different problems for home or business owners in and around Helmshore, they'll gnaw through wires, insulation, woodwork and pipes, leave droppings, spread diseases, and contaminate foodstuffs. Any repeated incidences of rats ought to be reported to the local authority. It is possible to report problems with rats on the .gov website HERE.

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You'll often become aware of the presence of rats not actually by observing them, but by their indicating their presence by other means. Perhaps you might detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you might find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you could hear scratching coming from a wall, floor or loft or you could spot rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings.

If you don't wish to wait for environmental health to control your problem you could choose to get in touch with local Helmshore rat catcher or pest controller who will be a specialist in the area of pest removal. In centuries past, rat catchers used to be just that, however today they tend to be referred to as pest controllers and won't just be willing to help with getting rid of rats but also ants, moles, mice, cockroaches, wasps and more.

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Helmshore and also in: Cadshaw, Pickup Bank, Edgworth, Whittlestone Head, Irwell Vale, Ewood Bridge, Stubbins, Hoddlesden, Crawshawbooth, Whittlestone, Lumb, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Edenfield, Ramsbottom, Haslingden Grane, as well as in these postcodes BB4 4LU, BB4 4LA, BB4 4NH, BB4 4LR, BB4 4AE, BB4 4JT, BB4 4NN, BB4 4JR, BB4 4NG, BB4 4HZ. Local Helmshore pest controllers will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01706 and the postcode BB4. Verifying this can confirm that you're accessing local pest control. Helmshore householders will be able to benefit from these and countless other pest related services.

Helmshore Mole Catching

Some rat catchers in Helmshore will also help with mole issues. Moles can cause trouble in another way to to rats and aren't detested anywhere near as much. It is out in the garden where you're likely to have troubles with moles, and lawns in particular are susceptible. The sight of earth mounds scattered all over a nicely manicured lawn are the evidence of this activity. Moles are usually captured in traps and then released someplace else, if you prefer a more humane option. (Tags: Mole Catchers Helmshore, Mole Trapping Helmshore)

Rat Poison

Putting down poison is perhaps one of the more unpleasant methods by which to remove rats. This is normally implemented by leaving a poisoned bait, which is subsequently swallowed by the rat causing its death several days later. A significant accumulation of rats may be killed by this process so long as the poison is set effectively. Generally bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum are among the poisons used. Dogs, cats and other pets may also be killed as a result of these rat poisons, so be cautious. Brands of rat poison made in Helmshore include the likes of: RatKil, Roshield, Rentokil, Pest Expert, Elixir Gardens and Propest. (Tags: Rat Poison Helmshore, Rat Poisons Helmshore)

Checking for Rats

There are plenty of ways by which you can tell when you have rats. If you have your suspicions that there could be rats in your property or business you can watch for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they look much like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, look out for burrows or holes next to solid objects, try to find tail trails or footprints in dusty areas or on loose soil, check for gnaw marks in wires, wood and cables, especially in lofts, listen for scratching noises emanating from walls and attics, particularly at nighttime.

Rat Prevention Helmshore

The most effective way to stop issues with rodents is to discourage them in the first place. So, even though you do not currently have a problem with rats, deterring rats must be on top of your list of priorities. Amongst the primary factors behind rat infestations is domestic waste in gardens. Giving them both the materials and place to build nests will only attract them. When there's also a lot of food on offer the rats will be in heaven, so be wary that traditional bird feeders attract rats, particularly when they're liable to spillages, and household waste food should also not be easily accessible. (Tags: Rat Prevention, Rat Deterrents)

Kinds of Rat

You'll only ever run into 2 types of rat in Helmshore, Lancashire or anywhere in the British Isles. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Helmshore, the remainder of Britain and Continental Europe the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (common rat, street rat, sewer rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)), this is what you might see in your garden or home. This brown or grey coloured rodent attains lengths of 4" to 9" (plus tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500g. This species was given the name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since it was presumed to have spread to the United Kingdom by ship from Norway. It is nowadays understood to have originated from Central Asia/China. Brown rats dig burrows and climb well, they have excellent hearing but poor eyesight, the female rats can produce up to 5 litters each year, they will consume just about anything (omnivorous) but prefer cereals.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Also not native to the UK, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) initially came to Europe from Southeast Asia. It is believed to have spread throughout Europe in Roman times, possibly traveling in spice shipments. The black rat was once widespread in Great Britain but was largely ousted by the brown rat and now is quite rare. This rat reaches a length of five to seven inches and weighs about 75 to 230 grams. Black rats have a reputation for spreading various diseases, especially tularemia, typhus, salmonella, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, trichinosis, listeria, toxoplasmosis and bubonic plague.

Reporting Rats

We are going to go into a little more detail now, even though this subject was highlighted further up the page. The local authority Environmental Health Department is where you should report it if you discover rats in a public space, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Sometimes councils offer a cost-free service for dealing with rats but charges are generally made for many other pests for example wasps, cockroaches and bed bugs. It's also possible to report rat infestations on the Government (.gov) website which you will find HERE. Click HERE to arrange a local rat catcher and get the matter sorted out immediately.

Rat Bite Wounds

Whilst not all that commonplace in the UK, bites from rats do happen every now and then, and in certain situations they can be dangerous. Rats can bite humans when they feel cornered or scared, so in confined spaces it's advisable to stay well out of their way, and leave them a clear exit route.

Some instances of rat bites occur when rats are being kept as pets (really?), and placing your hand in a rat's cage is asking for trouble. Even though rat bites are not serious in every case, they must be avoided wherever possible, and can turn nasty or even life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever". "Rat bite fever" can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate, if left untreated.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - "Rat bite fever" can have various signs and symptoms, including:

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

If you're unfortunate enough to receive a rat bite, thoroughly wash the wound, apply some antibiotic ointment, and bandage the affected area. You should make an emergency appointment with your doctor, or head for the closest A&E, even if you believe it isn't that major. If you've not had a tetanus shot in the last five years, it would be advisable to get one of these too - an A&E nurse will almost certainly do this routinely.

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One technique that you may use to deal with a rat issue is by the use of rat traps. You can find many different kinds of rat traps nowadays, some that actually exterminate the rats and others that imprison the rat for release later. The capture kind are the optimal alternative for people who don't like to see animals being harmed in any way, even vermin. If you check around you should obtain loads of different patterns such as: spring loaded bait traps, electronic rat traps, enclosed poison traps and cage traps.

In Conclusion

Homeowners with rat problems in Helmshore are sometimes tempted to have a crack at solving it themselves. So, if you find yourself in this situation, what should you do? There are lots of products that are currently available to help you achieve this and you can buy rat traps, rat poisons and similar products in supermarkets, hardware stores and shops in and around Helmshore.

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A specialist rat exterminator in Helmshore is however the ideal person for the job, given that getting rid of rats isn't necessarily as straightforward as you might suppose.

The novice's use of rat poisons is likely to cause more problems than it solves, seeing that you must be extremely careful with them especially when children and pets are about. If in doubt, speak to the professionals for rat control in Helmshore. (Tags: Rat Exterminators Helmshore, Rat Removal Helmshore, Rat Control Helmshore)

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Rat Control Around Helmshore: Households in Dean Road, Buckingham Close, Mayfair Close, Broadway, Jubilee Road, Mercer Crescent, Gas Street, Grane Road, Raven Croft, Fair Hill, Holcombe Road, Sandringham Grove, Lancaster Avenue, Edinburgh Road, Camms View, Chester Crescent, Bedford Terrace, Musbury Road, Laburnum Road, Chelston Drive, Jonathan Close, Helmshore Road, Swinnel Brook Park, Free Lane, Co-operative Street, have needed rat control services recently. Pest control was also provided in these local Helmshore postcodes: BB4 4LU, BB4 4LA, BB4 4NH, BB4 4LR, BB4 4AE, BB4 4JT, BB4 4NN, BB4 4JR, BB4 4NG, BB4 4HZ. Work was conducted in these areas by specialists in pest control. Helmshore property owners received trusted and reliable pest control services in all cases.

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(This pest control Helmshore content was written by S Locke 06-06-2022)