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Hethersett Rat Catchers (NR9): Noticing a rat in your garden or even inside your home tends to be quite a frightening thing to go through although its not so frequent an occurrence in Hethersett these days, it is definitely not unheard of. Rats breed rather quickly and will likely cause issues, especially when their numbers spiral out of hand. An individual sighting of a lone rat won't be too much of a problem, however if you are noticing them regularly it's best to do something about it.

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There are actually two types of rat that you may run into in Hethersett, common (brown) rats and black rats. It is quite improbable that you will ever see black rats, and if you've encountered a rat fairly recently its likely to have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were at one time common and were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are rather scarce nowadays, though where they are seen they have good hearing, are excellent climbers, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring every 12 months.

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The brown rat is typically larger than the black rat weighing in at half a kilo and reaching a length of nearly 9 inches. Brown rats may cause damage because they have to continuously gnaw on things to prevent their teeth from growing too long. Their attention is frequently focused on items made out of wood.

An infestation of rats lead to a variety of issues for home or business owners throughout Hethersett, they'll gnaw through insulation, woodwork, wires and pipes, spread diseases, leave behind droppings, and build nests. Any regular incidences of rats need to be reported to the local council. Or click HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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You don't necessarily have to witness rats to confirm their existence, due to the fact that there are a number of signs that may warn you of their activity. It is possible you may find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere, you could observe rat holes gnawed in skirting boards or floorboards, you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, loft or wall or you could detect droppings on floors or in cupboards.

To resolve this problem there are two or three approaches you could consider. You could lay traps or poison yourself, you can look for a pest removal specialist or you can get hold of the local Hethersett environmental health. In these modern times rat catchers generally come under the umbrella of pest control, and pest elimination providers not only control rats but in addition wasps, fleas, bedbugs, cockroaches, moles, mice and many other kinds of garden and household pests.

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Rat catching and pest control can be done in Hethersett and also in nearby places like: Swardeston, Bawburgh, High Green, Great Melton, Longwater, Cringleford, Lynch Green, Mulbarton, Little Melton, Marlingford, Wymondham, Barford, New Costessey, and in these postcodes NR9 3PJ, NR9 3DS, NR9 3FH, NR9 3HH, NR9 3EQ, NR9 3AN, NR9 3BF, NR9 3GL, NR9 3QA, NR9 3DT. Local Hethersett pest controllers will probably have the postcode NR9 and the telephone dialling code 01603. Verifying this can confirm you access locally based pest control. Hethersett home and business owners will be able to utilise these and many other pest related services.

Rat Burrows

Digging is one thing that rats really like to do and its beside solid objects or structures such as garden sheds, patios, walkways and garages that they predominantly like to dig. Rats excavate extensive systems of burrows that provide them with a nesting place, shelter and food storage. The access points to rat burrows are often worn smooth by the endless comings and goings, so keep an eye out for smooth sided holes next to and beneath solid surfaces. When you notice holes but aren't sure if they're made by rats, they'll normally be 2" to 4" in diameter. A smart way to determine if rats still live in the burrow is to chuck a bit of rubbish into the hole and see whether it's been cleared away the following day.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

With their twitching whiskers, pointy faces and furry bodies, some folk might find mice and rats to be rather cute, however they're certainly not the kind of creatures that you want living in your house or garden in Hethersett, and can actually be more dangerous than you'd expect. By nibbling through skirting boards, insulation materials, electric wiring and plastic, mice and rats can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. More than 30 different kinds of disease are spread by mice and rats including things like salmonella, trichinosis, listeria, rat bite fever, typhus, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague and Weil's disease. Several different things will attract rats and mice to your garden and home including:

  • WATER - Busy little mice and rats need to drink like any other creature, which means that sources of water like leaking pipes, pet water bowls, birdbaths and dripping sprinkler systems are a big attraction for these unwanted pests.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of junk and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (particularly in the garden) will attract rats and mice.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Incredibly compost heaps and even pet waste can attract rats and mice - there are some tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is one of the primary attractions for mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in an outbuilding, basement or attic will be especially attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there's a source of food close by.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Mice and rats can crawl through the tiniest of cracks and holes, so be on the lookout for spaces around crawl spaces, grills, entrances and piping.

Spotting Rats

There are several ways that you can find out if you have rats. If you've got some suspicions that there could be rats in your business or home you could keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they're darkish brown and look much like large grains of rice, check for gnawing in cables, wires and wood, especially in attics, watch out for rub marks on skirtings and walls where greasy fur has left marks, be on the lookout for holes or burrows alongside solid surfaces, listen for scratching noises emanating from roofs and walls, in particular at night, try to find signs of footprints or tail trails in dusty areas.

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Whether you're likely to handle the rat issue yourself or whether you're bringing in professionals, one of the ways to achieve this is with rat traps. Nowadays there are various different styles of rat traps to choose from, supplying you with a selection of capture options. Should you be opposed to the harming of animals, maybe the capture style trap are the best solution. Rat traps can be found in all shapes and sizes and include: enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps, cage traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Kinds of Rat

There are two breeds of rat which you're likely to run into in Hethersett or any place else in the United Kingdom for that matter. They're the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Hethersett, the rest of Great Britain and Europe the most widespread type of rat is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat), this is what you could spot in your garden or home. The colour of this rat ranges between grey and brown, it grows to around four to nine inches (with a similar length of tail) and has a weight of between 140g and 500g. It was given its name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was believed to have come to Britain by ships from Norway. It is nowadays understood to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats are omnivores (consume any foodstuffs) although they prefer to eat grains and cereals, they have poor eyesight but good hearing, the females reach sexual maturity in about five weeks and often have 5 litters per year (with up to 14 kittens in each litter), they dig extensively and climb well.

The Black Rat

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat initially arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia (India). Believed to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat most likely reached Europe and the UK hidden in spice shipments. At one time a common sight in Great Britain, this rat disappeared when the brown rat became dominant. Weighing just 75 to 230 grams, the black rat reaches lengths of around 5" to 7". Well known for causing salmonella, trichinosis, listeria, rat bite fever, typhus, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague and Weil's disease, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rat Bite Wounds

While not all that common in the United Kingdom, rat bites do happen every once in a while, and in certain circumstances they can be dangerous. Rats can bite humans when they feel stressed or cornered, therefore in confined spaces it's wise to stay well out of their way, and leave them a clear exit route.

Rat bites have been known to occur in homes where rats are being kept as pets, and shoving your hand inside a rat's cage is definitely an action to be wary of. Rat bites can turn nasty or even life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), so they must be avoided wherever possible, although of of course they are not always serious. If it's left untreated "rat bite fever" (RBF) can cause death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - "Rat bite fever" (streptobacillary RBF) can have a number of symptoms and signs, including:

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

If you're unlucky enough to get bitten by a rat, carefully wash the wound, apply some antibiotic cream, and cover the affected area with a bandage. You need to make an emergency appointment with your GP, or go to the closest A&E unit, even if it doesn't seem that severe. If it is five years or more since you received your last tetanus jab, you must get one of those done as well, as rat bites can easily become infected.

To Summarise

When you have a rat problem in Hethersett you may possibly try to resolve it yourself - and naturally countless people in Hethersett do just that. By looking around hardware stores, supermarkets and shops in the Hethersett area, it is not at all hard to purchase rat poisons, rat traps and other similar products.

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Hiring a specialist Hethersett rat exterminator would however be a better option, unless you know exactly what you're doing, seeing as the correct strategy isn't always the most obvious one.

In most situations the newcomer's use of rat toxins isn't actually that effective, and can even make matters worse - would you really want to risk doing harm to your pets and children? If uncertain, call in the professionals for your rat control in Hethersett.

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(This pest control Hethersett content was written on 06-10-2022)