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Lindfield Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Lindfield Rat Catchers (RH16): Even though its not really a common problem in Lindfield nowadays, people do still have issues with rats occasionally. Seeing a rat in your property or garden is not a nice thing to experience, and will be enough to cause some people the shivers. Individual rats don't really cause much of a problem, however rats tend to reproduce quickly and may cause problems when they grow in numbers.

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There are 2 types of rat which you might encounter in Lindfield, brown (or common) rats and black rats. It's quite improbable that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you've seen a rat fairly recently the chances are it will have been one of the more common brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were once common and were blamed for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're relatively rare now, although where they are found they have an acute sense of hearing, are superb climbers, and can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats every 12 months.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7 inches, is a little smaller than the common brown rat, which attains a length of up to about 9" and weighs about 500g. To wear down their continuously growing teeth, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at stuff, which is the reason they are responsible for such a lot of damage. Their gnawing is commonly targeting items made out of timber.

Rat infestations may cause all sorts of problems for business owners and householders in and around Lindfield, they'll gnaw their way through wires, woodwork, pipes and insulation, leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, and contaminate foodstuffs. The local authority really should be notified whenever rats are observed. In addition you can report rat problems on the .gov website online HERE.

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You'll sometimes notice the existence of rats not actually by physically observing them, but by them indicating their activity in other ways. It is possible you could spot holes gnawed into floorboards or skirtings, you could notice droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could hear scratching coming from a wall, floor or loft or you may come across a rat's nest hidden away somewhere.

To manage this issue there are two or three strategies that you might take. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you could look for a rat removal expert or you can get hold of your local Lindfield environmental health. Way back in the past, rat catchers used to be just that, however nowadays they are called pest controllers and won't only be happy to help with rat problems but also cockroaches, mice, moles, ants, wasps and much more.

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Lindfield and also in nearby places like: Cuckfield, Wivelsfield, North Chailey, Staplefield, Danehill, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Sheffield Green, Ardingly, West Hoathly, Brook Street, Sandrocks, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill, Paxhill Park, together with these postcodes RH16 2LW, RH16 2EX, RH16 2NJ, RH16 2BJ, RH16 2AR, RH16 2EU, RH16 2LB, RH16 2JZ, RH16 2PF, RH16 2AB. Local Lindfield pest controllers will most likely have the phone code 01444 and the postcode RH16. Checking this will make sure that you're accessing locally based pest control. Lindfield homeowners will be able to benefit from these and lots of other comparable services.

Reporting Rats and Pests

Here's a bit more information on a topic we outlined further up the page. The local council is where you should send a report if you notice rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Occasionally local councils will take care of rats at no cost, however if you've got other pests for instance cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps they will generally charge you. Incidences of rats can also be reported by visiting the Government (.gov) website HERE. You are obviously able to organize a local rat catcher to come and tackle the problem by clicking HERE.

Types of Rat

In Lindfield and throughout Britain, there are only 2 breeds of rat that you are going to run into. The Brown Rat and the Black Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The commonest rat present in the UK, and also in Europe, is the brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or sewer rat). This grey or brown coloured creature reaches lengths of 4" to 9" (plus the tail) and weights 140 to 500 grams. Now thought to have originated in Central Asia (very likely China), the brown rat was at one time assumed to have arrived from Norway (hence the name Norway Rat). Brown rats are omnivores (eat more or less anything) although they prefer to eat grain cereals, they have bad eyesight but good hearing, the female rats attain sexual maturity in five weeks and often have five litters a year (with up to 14 young in each), they burrow extensively and climb well.

The Black Rat

Originating from India the black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not native to Great Britain or Europe. Thought to have been spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and the British Isles inside shipments of spice. The black rat was once prevalent in the United Kingdom but was essentially driven out by the larger brown rat and now is quite rare. Weighing in at only 75-230 grammes, the black rat reaches a length of 5-7 inches. Well known for passing on Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, bubonic plague, typhus, trichinosis, listeria, tularemia and salmonella, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

With their pointy faces, fur covered bodies and twitching whiskers, some people might find rats and mice to be cute, however they are definitely not the sort of creatures that you want in your house or garden in Lindfield, and can actually be more dangerous than you may imagine. Mice and rats can cause damage to your home by nibbling through plasterboard, plastic, electric wires and wood, and are regularly to blame for fires and other accidents. Spreading the likes of Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, bubonic plague, typhus, trichinosis, listeria, tularemia and salmonella, mice and rats can cause over thirty different sorts of disease. A variety of different things will attract rats and mice to your home or garden including:

  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so keep an eye out for gaps around doorways, piping, crawl spaces and vents.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an attic, shed or basement will be particularly attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there's a food source nearby.
  • FOOD - Food that is left lying around or discarded is one of the main attractions for rats and mice.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of garbage and garden rubbish piled up on your property (especially in the garden) will obviously attract rodents.
  • WATER - Busy little rats and mice have to drink, subsequently water sources such as leaking pipes, seeping sprinkler systems, pet bowls and birdbaths are a big attraction for these unwanted pests.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly pet waste and even heaps of compost can be attractive to mice and rats - they'll find plenty of tasty titbits hiding in there!

Rat Poison

Poisoning is perhaps one of the more unpleasant ways to remove rats. This is generally accomplished by carefully positioning a bait laced with poison, which is subsequently eaten by a rat leading to its death within a few days. The positioning of the poison bait is vital and can be responsible for the success or failure of this procedure. Lethal substances that are used in rat poisons include: bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum. You have to be careful to keep this out of reach of cats, dogs and other pets. Rat poison brands made in the British Isles include: Elixir Gardens, Propest, Roshield, RatKil, Rentokil and Pest Expert. (Tags: Rat Poison Lindfield, Rat Poisons Lindfield)

Rat Bite Wounds

Even though they are by no means one of the most common injuries inflicted on humans in Lindfield, from time to time bites from rats certainly do happen, and the consequences can sometimes be serious. Without doubt, rats can bite humans when they feel cornered or stressed, so in a confined space it is best to stay well out of their way, or leave them an easy exit route.

Rat bites have been known to occur in houses where rats are being kept as pets, and ramming your hand into a rat's cage is certainly something to be avoided. Although rat bites are not serious in every case, they can become infected or be life threatening if they turn into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). "Rat bite fever" (RBF), if it's left untreated, can cause death in 10% of cases.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever - The symptoms of "rat bite fever" include:

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

If you're unfortunate enough to receive a rat bite, thoroughly wash the wound, put on some antibiotic ointment, and cover the affected area with a bandage. Even if the wound doesn't appear that serious, you should make an appointment to see your GP or head to the closest A&E. It is also wise to get a tetanus jab, particularly if you haven't had one in the last 5 years.

Rat Prevention Lindfield

Discouraging rodents before they even become a nuisance is definitely the simplest way to avoid having problems with them. So, deterring mice and rats must be something to look at even though you do not have a rat problem currently. One of the principal reasons for rat and mouse infestations is household waste littering gardens. You will simply attract them if you supply them with both the location and materials to build a nest. If there is also plenty of food available the rats imagine they are in heaven, so keep in mind that traditional bird feeders can attract rats, in particular when they're prone to overflowing, and domestic food scraps shouldn't be left lying around.


Digging and burrowing is something that rats really like to do and its next to and beneath solid objects or structures like garden shed bases, walkways, patios and garages that they particularly prefer to dig. These are not often just straightforward holes, but rather substantial networks of burrows, created to provide nesting, shelter and food storage. A certain indication of a rat burrow is a smooth sided hole adjacent to a solid structure, where the ins and outs of furry animals have polished the burrow entrance. When you notice holes but aren't certain that they're rats, they will commonly be 2-4 inches across. Toss some stuff into the burrow entrance and check the following day to ascertain if it has been shifted. This should tell you if rats are still using it.

To Summarise

Homeowners with a rat problem in Lindfield are occasionally tempted to have a bash at resolving it themselves. So, if this happens to you, what ought you to do? There are an array of products available to help you to achieve this and you will acquire rat poisons, rat traps and other similar products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Lindfield.

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Calling in a competent Lindfield rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know exactly what you're up to, as the correct approach isn't necessarily the most obvious one.

Because of the dangers to pets and children, the novice's use of rat poisons isn't really advised, and it's not always beneficial in any case. You would be far better off enlisting the help of a specialist when you're in need of rat control in Lindfield.

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Lindfield rat catchers will likely help you with restaurant pest control Lindfield, household pest control, squirrel control in Lindfield, ultrasonic pest control Lindfield, residential pest control Lindfield, rat extermination, rat poison, anti-bird spike installation, rat prevention, commercial rat control, mice pest control, rat baits, rat infestations in Lindfield, bird pest control Lindfield, bird nest clearance in Lindfield, bird proofing services in Lindfield, rat removal services Lindfield, dead animal removal Lindfield, mole catching, pest control services, rodent control in Lindfield, cockroach control, thermal imaging surveys for locating pests, bed bugs pest control, pest netting in Lindfield, dead bird removal Lindfield, pigeon control in Lindfield, pest control, the removal of contaminated loft insulation in Lindfield, bed bug heat treatments in Lindfield and other pest control in Lindfield, West Sussex. These are just some of the tasks that are performed by those installing pest control. Lindfield specialists will tell you about their entire range of pest control services.

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Rat Control Around Lindfield: Rat issues have recently been resolved in these Lindfield areas - Shenstone, Beckworth Close, Meadow Drive, Barrington Road, Blackthorns, Denman's Close, Fieldway, Finches Court, Portsmouth Wood Close, Denman's Lane, Newton Road, Green Meadows, Barncroft Drive, Lewes Road, Hickman's Lane, Meadow Lane, Oak Bank, Compton Road, Blackthorns Close, Barrington Wood, Barrington Close, Spring Lane, Eastern Road, Alma Road, as well as these local Lindfield postcodes: RH16 2LW, RH16 2EX, RH16 2NJ, RH16 2BJ, RH16 2AR, RH16 2EU, RH16 2LB, RH16 2JZ, RH16 2PF, RH16 2AB. Work was achieved in these locations by experts in pest control. Lindfield homeowners enjoyed dependable and top notch pest control services in all cases.

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(This pest control Lindfield article was generated by S Locke 06-06-2022)