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Launceston Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Launceston Rat Catchers (PL15): Even though it isn't such a frequent occurrence nowadays in Launceston, people do have issues with rats every now and then. Spotting a rat in your garden or inside your property is not a good experience, and would be enough to cause some home owners the shakes. Lone rats are unlikely to create very much of an issue, although rats breed quickly and will start to cause issues when their numbers rise.

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If you do spot rats in Launceston, the chances are that they're going to be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), even though there are in fact two species of rats at present living in the UK; black (ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you may be aware ship rats were the cause of the Great Plague of the 17th Century at which time they were fairly common. Black rats are relatively rare now but in fact neither breed is a native of the British Isles, both arriving from Asia.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7" long, is smaller than the brown rat, which grows to lengths of nearly nine inches and weighs around half a kilo. Brown rats often cause damage because they must continuously chew on things to stop their teeth from growing too long. Rats especially like to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats spread diseases, leave droppings, gnaw through insulation, wires, woodwork and pipes, and will generally cause a nuisance in homes and business premises in Launceston. Any sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authority. Or otherwise click HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov website online.

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It's not purely by appearance that you will be alerted to the existence of rats, their behaviour is oftentimes enough to give warning. Perhaps you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor, you may find droppings in cupboards or on the floor, you could encounter distinctive rat holes gnawed into floorboards or skirtings or you might uncover a rat's nest in some hidden location.

To take care of this problem there are various strategies you might consider. You could lay poison or traps yourself, you can find a pest controller who specialises in rat removal or you can contact the local Launceston authorities. These days rat catchers typically come under the category of pest control, and pest elimination businesses do not only control rats but in addition fleas, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, moles, wasps and all sorts of garden and domestic pests. (Tags: Rat Catchers Launceston, Pest Control Launceston )

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Rat catching and pest control can be undertaken in Launceston and also in: Lanstephan, Werrington, Polson Bridge, Tinhay, Newport, Truscot, Chillaton, Lawhitton, Truro, Stourscombe, South Petherwin, North Petherwin, Yeolmbridge, Tregadillet, St Stephens, Liftondown, Dutson, as well as in these postcodes PL15 7AU, PL15 7PF, PL15 8EA, PL15 7HH, PL15 7PL, PL15 7BQ, PL15 7DH, PL15 8EL, PL15 8HS, PL15 7FB. Local Launceston pest controllers will probably have the phone code 01566 and the postcode PL15. Checking this can ensure that you access locally based pest control. Launceston home and business owners are able to utilise these and lots of other related services.

Reporting Rat Sightings

We briefly discussed this before, so here I will go into it a bit more. Should you discover rats in a public place, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden its best to inform the local environmental health. Sometimes local councils will solve issues with rats cost-free, however if you have other pest infestations like wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches they will quite often charge you. Rat sightings can also be reported via the .gov webpage HERE. You can needless to say schedule a local rat catcher to come and sort out the issue by going HERE.

What Attracts Rats?

With their pointy faces, fur covered bodies and twitching whiskers, some people might find rats and mice to be rather cute, however they're certainly not the kind of creatures that you want in your home or garden in Launceston, and can actually be more dangerous than you may believe. Rats and mice can cause damage to your property by nibbling through electrical wires, plastic, insulation materials and wood, and are sometimes the cause of fires and other accidents. Between them rats and mice can spread over thirty sorts of diseases including conditions like rat bite fever, typhus, salmonella, listeria, tularemia, bubonic plague, Weil's disease, trichinosis and toxoplasmosis. So, below are just a few of the things that are going to attract mice and rats to your garden or home:

  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an attic, garden shed or basement will be especially attractive to rodents, particularly if there's a food source close by.
  • WATER - Constantly busy rats and mice have to drink like any other living creature, consequently sources of water such as pet water bowls, seeping sprinkler systems, leaky pipes and birdbaths are a big enticement for these pests.
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is one of the main attractions for rats and mice.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Remarkably pet waste and even compost heaps can attract rats and mice - there are likely to be some tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of trash and garden rubbish stacked up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract rodents.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Mice and rats can squeeze through the tiniest of holes, so keep an eye out for spaces around roof vents, crawl spaces, entrances and pipework.

Rat Traps

Rat Traps

One technique that you may use to take care of a rat issue is to use rat traps. These days there are several different types of rat trap readily available, providing you with a selection of capture solutions. If you are averse to the harming of animals, perhaps the capture style rat trap would be your perfect solution. If you take a look around you'll find plenty of different designs such as: enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps, cage traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although not that common in the UK, bites from rats do occur on occasion, and in some situations they can be dangerous. Without doubt, rats can bite humans when they feel pressured or cornered, so in confined spaces it is best to keep out of their way, or leave them an easy exit route.

These types of bites sometimes occur where rats are kept as pets, and you're likely asking for trouble if you shove your hand inside a rat's cage, regardless how tame it seems. Although rat bites are not serious in all cases, they should be avoided where possible, and can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever". If it is not treated rapidly "rat bite fever" can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - Some of the symptoms and signs of "rat bite fever" are:

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

In the unlikely event that you ever get a rat bite, you will need to carefully bathe the wound, put on a layer of antibiotic cream, and cover it with a clean, sterile gauze or bandage. Even if you don't feel it is that bad, you must have it checked out at your nearest A&E department, or book an emergency appointment at your local doctor's surgery. If you haven't had a tetanus vaccination in the last 5 years, it might be sensible to get one of these too - A&E will probably do this as routine.

Rat Poison

Laying poison is perhaps one of the more nasty methods by which to get rid of rats. This is implemented by carefully positioning a bait laced with poison, that is subsequently swallowed by the rat resulting in death several days later. The placement of the poison bait is vital and will likely lead to the success or failure of this procedure. In general difenacoum, brodifacoum or bromadioline are among the poisons used. Be careful to keep these poisons away from cats and dogs. Well known brands of rat poison made in the UK include: Propest, Rentokil, Elixir Gardens, RatKil, Pest Expert and Roshield.

To Summarise

Property owners with a rat problem in Launceston are occasionally tempted to have a bash at resolving it for themselves. So, if you find yourself in this situation, what ought you to do? There are an array of products available to help you to achieve this and you'll buy rat poisons, rat traps and similar products in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Launceston.

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Even so, unless you are aware of what you're doing, it is possibly much better to hire an expert rat exterminator, who will have resolved such problems hundreds if not thousands of times previously, and will automatically know what the ideal solution is.

On account of the risks to pets and children, the novice's use of rat toxins isn't normally encouraged, and is often not effective in any case. If you know what is best for you, use an experienced rat control service in Launceston for solving your rat problems.

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Also find: Newport pest control, Tregadillet pest control, Truscot pest control, Stourscombe pest control, Dutson pest control, Truro pest control, Werrington pest control, Tinhay pest control, Yeolmbridge pest control, South Petherwin pest control, Lanstephan pest control, Lawhitton pest control, Liftondown pest control, Polson Bridge pest control, Chillaton pest control, St Stephens pest control, North Petherwin rat catchers and more. Most of these villages and towns are covered by professional pest control. Launceston property owners can get pest control price quotes by going here.

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Rat Control Around Launceston: Rat issues have recently been resolved in the following Launceston roads and areas - Racecourse Crescent, William Street, James Street, Church Street, Vincent Street, St John Court, Princes Street, Claytons Lane, Knight Street, Union Street, Shaws Arcade, Frankland Street, Launceston Court Lane, The Mall, My Street, Canning Street, Dicky Whites Lane, Bathurst Street, Esplanade, Wellington Street, Edmund Street, Sheppy Street, Home Point Parade, Smiths Lane, as well as these local Launceston postcodes: PL15 7AU, PL15 7PF, PL15 8EA, PL15 7HH, PL15 7PL, PL15 7BQ, PL15 7DH, PL15 8EL, PL15 8HS, PL15 7FB. These areas recently saw activity by experts in pest control. Launceston homeowners were given reliable and professional pest control services on every occasion.

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(This pest control Launceston content was written by Steve Locke 06-06-2022)