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Helston Rat Catchers (TR13): Whilst its not all that common in these modern times, seeing rats in your garden or property in Helston isn't a nice experience. One rat sighting might not be too much of a cause for concern, nevertheless, if you notice the presence of rats more frequently or notice more than one rat you could soon be in for trouble as they tend to reproduce so rapidly.

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There are actually 2 species of rat that you might come across in Helston, brown (common) rats and black rats. It is relatively improbable that you'll ever see black rats, and if you've seen a rat fairly recently chances are it will have been the more common brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were common at one time and were responsible for the Great Plague, they are quite scarce now, although where they do occur they have good hearing, are excellent climbers, and can produce between twenty and one hundred offspring every twelve months.

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The brown rat is bigger than the black rat (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh up to half a kilogram, with a length of around 9 inches. Brown rats often cause destruction because they have to continually chew on things to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Wood is particularly more prone to this interest.

Rats gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, spread diseases, leave droppings, and are generally problematic in businesses and homes in Helston. The local council must be informed when there are any frequent sightings of rats. Or otherwise report pest and rat problems on the .gov website HERE, that will be forwarded to the relevant local authorities.

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You do not always have to observe rats to confirm that they're there, since there are a range of telltale signs that may warn you of their presence. It's possible you could hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft, you could uncover a rat's nest in some concealed location, you could observe holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings or you might find droppings in cupboards or on the floor.

In order to have this problem managed effectively you might want to get in touch with an expert. You can either get in contact with your local authorities or bring in a specialist Helston pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. These days rat catchers typically come under the category of pest control, and pest elimination experts do not only deal with rats but also cockroaches, mice, wasps, bedbugs, moles, fleas and a variety of other domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Pest Control Helston, Rat Catcher Helston )

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Rat catching and pest control can be done in Helston and also nearby in: Prospidnick, Nancegollan, Ashton, Gweek, Constantine, Mawgan, Breage, Sithney, Little Trenethick, Wendron, Turnpike Cross, Crowntown, Penrose, Trewennack, Lower Town, and in these postcodes TR13 8LZ, TR13 8DW, TR13 8GN, TR13 0QL, TR13 8BJ, TR13 8LH, TR13 8NG, TR13 0BS, TR13 8FT, and TR13 8GJ. Locally based Helston rat catchers will probably have the dialling code 01326 and the postcode TR13.


Burrowing and digging is a thing that all rats really love to do and it's near to solid objects or structures such as pathways, garden sheds, terraces and garage foundations where they predominantly like to dig. These are not often just simple holes in the ground, but rather extensive systems of burrows, designed to provide shelter, a nesting place and food storage. Look out for holes with smooth sides, which have been polished by the constant movement of these busy little creatures. The entrances to rat burrows are typically about 2" to 4" across. It's possible to find out if rats are about by partially filling up the burrow entrance to determine if they return and clear it away.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

Though some folks in Helston may consider them quite cute with their furry bodies, twitchy whiskers and pointy faces, rats and mice are certainly not creatures that you want to have living in your house or garden, and can even be dangerous. By nibbling through plastic, electric cables, plasterboard and floorboards, rats and mice can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Over thirty different types of disease can be spread by mice and rats including things like bubonic plague, trichinosis, typhus, tularemia, rat bite fever, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria and Weil's disease. Among the different things that will definitely attract mice and rats to your garden and home are:

  • WATER - Rats and mice have to drink, therefore water sources such as leaky pipes, pet bowls, birdbaths and dripping sprinkler systems are a big temptation for these pests.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so look out for spaces around crawl spaces, doors, pipework and roof vents.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an attic, outbuilding or cellar will be especially attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there is a source of food nearby.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably heaps of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - there are likely to be a few tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • TRASH - An accumulation of garbage and garden waste stacked up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract mice and rats.
  • FOOD - Food that's left lying around or discarded is one of the main attractions for mice and rats.

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The most effective way to stop issues with rats and mice is to discourage them from the start. Therefore, even if you do not presently have a problem with rats, deterring mice and rats should be on top of your priority list. Domestic trash littered around the garden is among the main reasons behind rat and mouse infestations. Giving them both the materials and place for nests will only encourage them. When there's also an abundance of food available these rats will be in paradise, so be warned that many bird feeders attract rats, in particular when they are liable to spilling over, and domestic food scraps should never be left lying around. (Tags: Rat Deterrents Helston, Rat Prevention Helston)

Types of Rat

You'll only ever run into two species of rat in Helston or anyplace in Britain. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most prevalent type of rat present in the UK, and also Europe and North America, is the brown rat (sewer rat, street rat, common rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). The colour of this species varies between grey and brown, it grows to around 4" to 9" (and an equivalent length of tail) and has a weight of between 140 and 500 grammes. While at one time thought to have spread from Norway (hence its name), it is now understood to have come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, they dig burrows and climb effectively, they are omnivores but prefer cereals and grains, the females can give birth to 5 litters of as many as 14 young per year.

The Black Rat

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus) roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the British Isles, arriving from Southeast Asia (most likely India). Probably traveling in shipments of spices at the height of the Roman Empire, the black rat subsequently spread through Continental Europe. The black rat was once common in Britain however was typically driven out by the more dominant brown rat and now is fairly scarce. The black rat gets to a length of 5-7 inches and usually weighs 75 to 230 grams. Known to cause bubonic plague, trichinosis, typhus, tularemia, rat bite fever, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria and Weil's disease, black rats are prolific spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Rat Bites

Although rat bites aren't all that common in the UK, they do happen every now and then and they can be dangerous in certain circumstances. If you stumble upon a rat in a confined space, it could attack and bite you if it is pressured or cornered, so leave an easy exit route and try to stay out of it's way.

Rat bites occasionally occur in houses where rats are kept as pets, and placing your hand inside a rat's cage is certainly a manoeuvre to be wary of. Rat bites are not necessarily dangerous, though must be avoided where possible, and they can turn nasty or even fatal if they turn into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). If it's left untreated "rat bite fever" has a 10% mortality rate.

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

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

You should immediately wash the affected area with warm water, if you are bitten by a rat, and administer an antibiotic cream, and finally cover it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. Even if the wound doesn't appear to be that serious, you need to make an appointment to see your GP or head straight to the nearest A&E unit. It is also wise to get a tetanus jab, particularly if you have not received one of these in the last five years.


Folks with a rat problem in Helston are sometimes tempted to have a go at solving it for themselves. Therefore, if this happens to you, what should you do? By looking in supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in and around Helston, it is not too difficult to purchase rat poisons, rat traps and other products.

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Calling in a specialist Helston rat exterminator would however be a better option, unless you know exactly what you are doing, seeing as the correct solution isn't always the obvious one.

Most often the rookie's use of rat toxins isn't really that beneficial, and can even do more harm than good - do you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your children and pets? If you know what's better for you, use a professional rat control service in Helston for solving your rat problems. (Tags: Rat Exterminator Helston, Rat Removal Helston, Rat Control Helston)

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Also find: Ashton rat catchers, Breage rat catchers, Penrose rat catchers, Wendron rat catchers, Trewennack rat catchers, Gweek rat catchers, Prospidnick rat catchers, Turnpike Cross rat catchers, Little Trenethick rat catchers, Lower Town rat catchers, Crowntown rat catchers, Mawgan rat catchers, Nancegollan rat catchers, Constantine rat catchers, Sithney rat catchers and more. Pest control services are widely available in almost all of these towns and areas. Bringing a wealth of know-how and expertise, these professional pest controllers ensure the efficient and effective resolution of your rodent problem. Regardless of whether you're faced with a single rat or a widespread infestation, the tools and skills of these pest control specialists ensure a speedy resolution. If you're a local a home or business owner looking to obtain accurate and competitive pest control quotes tailored to your specific needs, you just have to click here. Being plagued by rats? Get a quote today!

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(This pest control Helston article was generated on 20-05-2024)