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Maidstone Rat Catchers (ME14): Although it is not all that commonplace in these modern times, observing rats in your garden or house in Maidstone is not really a great thing to go through. One single sighting of a rat might not be too much of a problem, nonetheless, if you witness rats more regularly or notice multiple rats you might be heading for trouble as they tend to reproduce so quickly.

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There are 2 sorts of rat that you may run into in Maidstone, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its relatively improbable that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you have encountered a rat recently its likely to have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were at one time common and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly scarce nowadays, though where they do occur they're excellent climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and can produce between 20 and 100 offspring every twelve months.

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Brown rats are usually larger than black rats weighing in at half a kilogram and reaching lengths of around nine inches. To wear down their constantly growing teeth, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at stuff, which is why they are responsible for so much damage. They particularly like to gnaw on timber.

Rats leave droppings, transmit disease, gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, and are typically troublesome in homes and businesses in and around Maidstone. Property owners must always report incidences of rats to the relevant local authorities. Or otherwise go HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov web page.

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You'll oftentimes notice the existence of rats not by actually seeing them, but by them announcing their presence in other ways. It's possible you may come across rat holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards, you could find a rat's nest in some tucked away location, you could hear noises coming from a wall, floor or loft or you might discover droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces.

If you want to have this situation tackled effectively you will have to get a professional. You can get in contact with the local environmental health department or call in an expert Maidstone pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. In the world today rat catchers typically fall into the category of pest control, and pest control businesses don't only remove rats but additionally mice, wasps, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, moles and a variety of other garden and domestic pests. (Tags: Rat Catcher Maidstone, Pest Control Maidstone )

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Maidstone and also in: Boxley, Walderslade, East Farleigh, Allington, Downswood, Weavering, Parkwood, Detling, Mereworth, Penenden Heath, Yalding, Thurnham, Linton, Barming, Tovil, Hollingbourne, Sandling, Aylesford, together with these postcodes ME14 1RH, ME14 1DQ, ME14 1FP, ME14 1BU, ME14 1FT, ME14 1PF, ME14 1LL, ME14 1HH, ME14 1FW, ME14 1BT. Local Maidstone rat catchers will most likely have the dialling code 01622 and the postcode ME14. Checking this will confirm that you're accessing locally based pest control. Maidstone householders are able to utilise these and numerous other pest related services.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

Despite their seemingly cute look, with their furry bodies, twitchy whiskers and pointy faces, rats and mice can be dangerous and are definitely not animals that you want to be making a home in your house or garden in Maidstone. Rats and mice are known to cause fires and other accidents in homes and business premises in Maidstone by nibbling through electric cables, plasterboard, floorboards and plastic. More than 30 different kinds of disease can be spread by rats and mice including conditions like tularemia, trichinosis, rat bite fever, salmonella, Weil's disease, bubonic plague, typhus, toxoplasmosis and listeria. So, listed below are just some of the things that are going to attract rats and mice to your home and garden:

  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so watch out for spaces around entrances, crawl spaces, plumbing and grills.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in a shed, cellar or loft will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there is a source of food nearby.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Remarkably pet waste and even heaps of compost can attract rats and mice - there will be plenty of tasty titbits hidden in there!
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of junk and garden rubbish piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will certainly attract rodents.
  • FOOD - Food left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • WATER - Busy rats and mice need to drink like any other creature, so water sources such as leaky pipes, dripping sprinkler systems, birdbaths and pet water bowls are a big enticement for these unwanted pests.

Problems With Mice

Maybe thought by many people as not being as uncomfortable as rats, finding mice in your home can lead to just as many concerns. While much smaller, mice still contaminate foodstuffs, gnaw at things, breed quickly and leave droppings. Also, as with rats, setting traps and poisoning are the favoured strategies to solving mouse problems in Maidstone. If you have an infestation of mice, Maidstone rat catchers will be ready to help you take care of this problem. Pay a visit to BARK and track down a pest control expert close to you.

Rat Bites

While, in Maidstone, rat bites aren't that commonplace, they do occur periodically, and the effects can be serious in some instances. If you happen to stumble upon a rat in a confined environment, it could attack and bite you if it is cornered or pressured, so leave the creature an easy exit route and try to avoid it at all costs.

You would think that people would be cautious about placing their hand into a rat's cage, yet as rats are often kept as pets, this is an increasing cause of rat bites. Even though they aren't necessarily dangerous, rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), consequently they should be avoided where possible. If left without treatment "rat bite fever" (RBF) has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - Some of the symptoms of "rat bite fever" are:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain or Swelling
  • Swelling or Redness
  • Rashes

If you get bitten by a rat you should immediately wash the affected area with warm water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it up with a clean bandage or plaster. Even if you don't consider that it is too serious, you must get it checked out at your nearest A&E unit, or book an emergency appointment at your local surgery. If you haven't had a tetanus vaccination in the last five years or so, it would be wise to get one of these as well - A&E will most likely do this as routine.

Signs of Rats

If you've got an idea that you could have rats in your home or business, there are various ways that you could find out. You can watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, keep your eyes peeled for faeces, they look like large grains of rice and are darkish brown, pay attention to gnawing in cables, wires and wood, particularly in attics, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows alongside solid objects, listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and lofts, especially at night, hunt for tail trails or footprints in dusty areas.

Maidstone Mole Catching

Although nowhere near such a common pest these days moles are occasionally tackled by rat catchers. Moles cause problems in a different way to rats and aren't anywhere near so detested. The main issue with moles is that they'll cause a fair amount of damage to your garden, particularly lawns. The familiar sight of earth mounds in the middle of a nicely mown lawn are clear proof of mole activity. The favoured and humane way to get rid of moles is by trapping.

Reporting Rat Sightings

The following is a little more information on a subject that we talked about earlier in this article. Should you witness rats in your own garden, in a public area or in a neighbours garden it's a wise idea to inform the local environmental health. In the case of rats this is sometimes a cost-free service, although you will often be asked to pay for some other pest infestations like cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. It's also easy to report rats through the Government (.gov) website which you'll find HERE. Click HERE to organize your local rat catcher and get the matter resolved right away.

In Conclusion

Householders with rat problems in Maidstone are sometimes tempted to have a shot at solving it for themselves. So, if you find yourself in this situation, what ought you to do? Rat poisons, rat traps and similar merchandise is readily available in supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Maidstone area, so the things you need can be easily bought.

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Calling in an expert Maidstone rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know precisely what you're doing, as the correct procedure is not always the most obvious one.

Most of the time the amateur use of rat poisons isn't actually that effective, and can even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to take the chance of harming your children and pets? If you know what is better for you, use an experienced rat control service in Maidstone for resolving your rat problems. (Tags: Rat Exterminators Maidstone, Rat Control Maidstone, Rat Removal Maidstone)

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Maidstone rat catchers can usually help you with rat extermination Maidstone, pest removal, ingress pest solutions in Maidstone, squirrel pest control Maidstone, rat prevention, wasp nest removal in Maidstone, wildlife management, environmental pest control Maidstone, pest control for fleas, anti-bird spike installation, commercial pest control Maidstone, fogging & spray treatments, preventive pest control Maidstone, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, bed bug pest control Maidstone, bed bug control Maidstone, dead bird removal, cockroach control, mole catching, pest control Maidstone, commercial rat control Maidstone, rat deterrents Maidstone, pest netting Maidstone, domestic rat control Maidstone, rodent control, household pest control Maidstone, pigeon pest control, emergency pest control, guano clearing, rat proofing, thermal imaging surveys to detect hidden pest infestations in Maidstone and other pest control in Maidstone, Kent. Listed are just some of the tasks that are performed by people specialising in pest control. Maidstone contractors will be happy to tell you about their entire range of pest control services.

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Also find: Barming pest control, Parkwood pest control, Detling pest control, Yalding pest control, Penenden Heath pest control, Linton pest control, Weavering pest control, Boxley pest control, Allington pest control, Downswood pest control, Aylesford pest control, Thurnham pest control, Mereworth pest control, Walderslade pest control, Hollingbourne pest control, East Farleigh pest control, Sandling pest control, Tovil rat catchers and more. Most of these areas are serviced by professional pest control. Maidstone householders can get quotations by going here.

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Rat Control Around Maidstone: Rat issues have recently been solved in these Maidstone streets and roads - Charlton Lane, Byron Road, Benover Road, The Spillway, Castle Hill, Captains Close, Blythe Road, Trapham Road, Tumblers Hill, Beaumont Road, Tichborne Close, Coleshall Close, The Weavers, Bychurch Place, Sidney Street, Bredgar Close, The Russets, Sherbourne Drive, Bower Terrace, Starch Bottom, The Beams, The Medlars, Brunswick Street East, Catherine Close, Tall Trees Close, Cranmer Court, Chart Road, Church Square, Stockton Close, St Faiths Lane, as well as the following local Maidstone postcodes: ME14 1RH, ME14 1DQ, ME14 1FP, ME14 1BU, ME14 1FT, ME14 1PF, ME14 1LL, ME14 1HH, ME14 1FW, ME14 1BT. Work was carried out in these locations by specialists in pest control. Maidstone property owners enjoyed the benefits of trusted and dependable pest control services on each occasion.

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(This pest control Maidstone content was written by S. N. Locke 20-07-2022)