Leominster Rat Catchers (HR6): Even though it is not such a common problem in Leominster nowadays, people still have troubles with rats from time to time. Seeing rats in your garden or inside your property isn't a pleasant experience, and would be enough to give some homeowners nightmares. Individual rats are not likely to cause that much of a problem, however rats tend to breed quickly and will start to cause issues when their numbers rise.
While neither of the two types of rat currently found in Great Britain are natives of these shores, they've definitely made themselves at home. The brown rat is especially common while the black rat isn't so much so these days. Both of these breeds originated in Asia and made their way to the British Isles as stowaways on boats.
The biggest of the 2 rat varieties is the common brown at approximately 9", whilst the black only grows to between 5" and 7". Much of the damage and destruction attributable to brown rats is down to the fact that to prevent their incisor teeth from growing too long, they have to continuously gnaw things. Rats particularly prefer to gnaw at woodwork.
Rats may cause numerous problems in homes and business premises around Leominster and they spread diseases, leave droppings, gnaw through wires, pipes, insulation and woodwork, and generally cause a nuisance. Homeowners need to report any sightings of rats to their relevant local authority. You could also report sightings of rats and other pests on the .gov website HERE.
It is not always by appearance alone that you'll be alerted to the presence of rats, their behaviour is oftentimes quite enough to give warning. It is possible you may come across distinctive rat holes chewed into skirting boards or floorboards, you may hear scratching coming from a loft, floor or wall, you may stumble upon a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you may detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards.
To resolve this issue there are various strategies you could consider. You could lay down poison or traps yourself, you can speak to the local Leominster environmental health or you can employ the services of a rat removal specialist. Nowadays rat catchers normally come under the category of pest control, and pest elimination services don't only remove rats but additionally bedbugs, fleas, wasps, mice, cockroaches, moles and a variety of other garden and household pests.
Rat Traps Leominster: Rat traps are one of the best solutions for dealing with a rat problem, whether you are taking care of it yourself or bringing the professionals in. Rat traps may be designed to exterminate a rat or to compassionately capture a rat for later release. Should you be opposed to hurting animals, probably the capture traps would be the appropriate solution. Rat traps can be found in all sizes and styles and include the likes of: cage traps, enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps and spring loaded bait traps.
Rat Poison: One of the means by which to resolve a rat issue is to use poison. This is done by setting a bait laced with poison, that's subsequently swallowed by a rat resulting in death within a few days. When placed in the perfect spot within a rat infested area, this poison can fairly swiftly kill a large number of rats. In general bromadioline, brodifacoum or difenacoum are among the poisons used. Be careful to keep these poisons away from dogs and cats. Brands of rat poison available in Great Britain include: RatKil, Propest, Elixir Gardens, Rentokil, Pest Expert and Roshield.
Types of Rat
In Leominster, Herefordshire and throughout the UK, there's just 2 kinds of rat that you are likely to run into. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).
The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus):
The most common species of rat found in Britain, and also Europe and North America, is the brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or street rat). This brown or grey coloured rodent attains lengths of 4" - 9" (plus the tail) and weighs in at 140-500g. Nowadays thought to have originally come from Central Asia (possibly China), the brown rat was at one time assumed to have spread from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats dig burrows and climb well, they have an acute sense of hearing but bad eyesight, the female rats can give birth to five litters every year, they eat pretty much anything (omnivorous) but favour cereals.
The Black Rat (Ship Rat):
Originating from Southeast Asia the black rat, roof rat or ship rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not a native of Britain or Europe. It is regarded as having spread to Europe in Roman times, quite possibly traveling in spice shipments. The black rat was once a common sight in Great Britain however was basically replaced by the brown rat and is now not often found. Weighing only 75 to 230 grams, the black rat reaches lengths of about 5-7 inches. Well known for passing on toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, rat bite fever, listeria, typhus, bubonic plague, tularemia, Weil's disease and salmonella, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.
Spotting Rats: There are plenty of ways by which you can find out when you've got rats. When you have suspicions that there could be rats in your property or business you can check for gnawing in wood, wires and cables, particularly in lofts, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they are dark brown in colour and look much like large grains of rice, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels close to solid objects, watch for rub marks on walls and skirtings where greasy fur has left marks, listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and attics, especially at nighttime, search for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas.
Burrows: When you have rats running around the garden, the probability is there's going to be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to burrow and they often do this adjacent to solid structures and objects such as garage foundations, garden shed bases, patios and walkways. These are the best locations to look if you think you have rats in the area. Rats create extensive networks of burrows which are useful for food storage, nesting places and shelter. The entrances to rat burrows will often be worn smooth by the continuous movement, so keep your eyes open for smooth sided holes next to and beneath solid surfaces. The burrow entrances are commonly 2" to 4" across. You can find out if rats are about by temporarily blocking the entrance to ascertain if they come back and clear it away.
Needless to say rats and rodents are not only an issue in Leominster itself, they can also occur in Bodenham, Orleton, Brimfield, Hope under Dinmore, Weobley, Eardisland, Pembridge, Broadward, Luston, Kingsland, Kimbolton, Leysters, Berrington, Docklow, Stretford and other locations close by.
Having a problem with rats in Leominster is a situation that everybody fears, and when this happens to you, you might have the urge to try to resolve it yourself. There are lots of products available to help you achieve this and you can find rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in the Leominster area. Even so, unless you're aware of exactly what you're doing, it's possibly a good idea to retain the services of an experienced rat exterminator, who'll have handled this problem hundreds if not thousands of times before, and will automatically know what the perfect solution is. Quite often the novice's use of rat poison is simply not that effective, and may even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your children and pets? You'd be far better off enlisting the help of a professional whenever you need rat control in Leominster.
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