Kidlington Rat Catchers (OX5): Noticing rats in your home or garden is usually rather an alarming experience and while its not so common an occurrence in Kidlington nowadays, it is certainly not unusual. Rats breed very quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when there are a lot of them. One incidence of a solitary rat probably won't be too much of a problem, however if you're observing them on a regular basis you must find a solution.
There are two types of rat that you may encounter in Kidlington, common (brown) rats and black rats. It is pretty unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you have stumbled upon a rat fairly recently chances are it'll have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (also known as ship rats) were once common and were responsible for the Great Plague, they are fairly rare nowadays, though when they are seen they're superb climbers, have good hearing, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 offspring each year.
The black rat at 5 to 7" long, is a little smaller than the common brown rat, which grows to a length of nearly 9 inches and weighs about 500g. Most of the destruction attributable to brown rats is because to keep their incisors from growing too long, they've got to constantly gnaw on stuff. Woodwork is particularly more prone to this interest.
Rat infestations will lead to a lot of problems for home owners and businesses in and around Kidlington, they will spread disease, leave droppings, gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Homeowners ought to report rat sightings to the relevant local authority. Or perhaps head HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov dedicated webpage.
You do not have to physically observe rats to confirm that they're there, due to the fact that there are many signs which can alert you to their activity. Perhaps you might hear scratching noises coming from a loft, wall or floor, you could spot rat holes gnawed into skirting boards or floorboards, you could find droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards or you may come upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere.
If you want to have this situation tackled effectively you might want to bring in an expert. You could get in contact with the local authority or call in an expert Kidlington rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. Nowadays rat catchers generally come under the category of pest management, and pest control specialists don't only remove rats but additionally bedbugs, fleas, cockroaches, wasps, mice, moles and a variety of other household and garden pests.
Rat Prevention Kidlington: Discouraging rats before they show up is the best way of avoiding such issues. Consequently, rat prevention ought to be a thing to look at even though you don't have a rat problem currently. Amongst the main reasons for rat and rodent infestations is domestic rubbish littering gardens. Providing them with both the materials and place for nests will achieve little but encourage them. If there is also an abundance of food available the rats will be in paradise, so be aware that traditional bird feeders often attract rats, especially when they are susceptible to overflowing, and household food scraps should not be accessible.
Rat Traps Kidlington: One solution that you can use to handle a rat infestation is by using rat traps. Rat traps can be built to actually kill rats or to compassionately capture a rat for release later. The capture kind are the perfect alternative for people who don't like to see animals harmed in any way at all, even pests. Rat traps are offered in all sizes and shapes and include: spring loaded bait traps, cage traps, enclosed poison traps and electronic rat traps.
Types of Rat
There are only two breeds of rat which you could encounter in Kidlington, Oxfordshire or any place else in the British Isles for that matter. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).
The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus):
The most widespread rat present in Britain, and also Europe, is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, street rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is commonly 4-9 inches in length (excluding the tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It is invariably found wherever human beings are living. Although at one time thought to have spread from Norway (hence its name), it is now known to have initially come from China or at least Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and burrow a lot, they have good hearing but bad eyesight, the females can give birth to five litters a year, they will eat pretty much anything (omnivores) but favour grains and cereals.
The Black Rat (Ship Rat):
Originating from Southeast Asia (most likely India) the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the UK or Europe. Quite possibly traveling in spice shipments in the times of the Romans, the black rat then spread through Continental Europe. The black rat was at one time prevalent in Britain but was typically ousted by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often seen. This rat grows to lengths of 5" to 7" and weighs about 75 to 230 grams. Well known for causing Weil's disease, typhus, salmonella, trichinosis, listeria, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, bubonic plague and rat bite fever, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.
Checking for Rats: When you've got suspicions you could have rats in your home or business, there are a number of ways that it's possible to tell. You can pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, particularly in attics, look out for holes or burrows adjacent to solid surfaces, search for footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, keep your eyes open for faeces (droppings), they look similar to large grains of rice and are dark brown, listen for scratching noises emanating from roofs and walls, in particular during the night, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings.
Rat Burrows: If you have rats living in your garden, the chances are that there will be a burrow. Rats love to dig burrows and they mostly do this beside solid objects or structures such as garage foundations, garden sheds, patios and pathways. These are the best locations to look if you think you have rats nesting there. Rats build substantial systems of burrows that are useful for nesting, food storage and shelter. A guaranteed indication of a rat burrow is usually a smooth sided hole next to a solid surface, where the ins and outs of furry animals have polished the burrow entrance. When you notice holes but are not positive that they're made by rats, they will usually be approximately 2-4 inches across. An effective way to determine if rats still live in the burrow is to throw a bit of stuff into the burrow and see if it's been cleared the following day.
Problems With Mice: Although not quite as shocking as seeing rats in your garden or house, having mice can be as much of an issue. While a lot smaller, mice still leave droppings, contaminate foodstuffs, breed rapidly and gnaw at stuff. Also, much like rats, poisoning and setting traps are the favourite techniques for dealing with mouse infestations in Kidlington. Kidlington rat catchers will also help you with mice infestations, so get in touch with one or visit BARK to get the problem sorted.
Naturally rats and mice aren't only found in Kidlington, you could also come across them in Wolvercote, Charlton on Otmoor, Bletchingdon, Shipton on Cherwell, Begbroke, Hampton Poyle, Gosford, Woodstock, Cassington, Oxford, Enslow, Yarnton, Weston on the Green, Thrupp, Bladon and various other areas close by.
People with a rat problem in Kidlington are often tempted to have a go at solving it themselves. So, if you find yourself in this situation, what should you do? There are a host of products offered to help you to accomplish this and you can find rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products in hardware stores, shops and supermarkets in and around Kidlington. Nonetheless, unless you're aware of exactly what you are doing, it is probably better to hire a professional rat exterminator, who will have resolved such problems hundreds of times previously, and will know exactly what the ideal solution is. On account of the dangers to pets and children, the novice's use of rat poison isn't normally recommended, and it's not always effective in any case. If you know what is best for you, always bring in an experienced rat control service in Kidlington for a solution to your rat problems.
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