Rat Catchers Musselburgh

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Musselburgh Rat Catchers (EH21): Although it's not really a common occurrence nowadays in Musselburgh, householders do still have troubles with rats once in a while. Seeing rats in your garden or inside your property is not a good thing to experience, and is enough to give some householders the shivers. Individual rats don't really create that much of an issue, although rats reproduce rapidly and can start to cause issues as soon as they grow in numbers.

Despite the fact that neither of the two rat species at present seen in the United Kingdom are native to these islands, they have clearly become well established. The brown rat is particularly common (hence its name) while the ship (black) rat isn't so much these days. Both of these breeds came from Asia and arrived in the British Isles on boats (as stowaways).

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The biggest of the 2 rats is the brown at about 9 inches, whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only grows to between 5 and 7 inches. To stop their incisor teeth from getting too long, brown rats have to keep on chewing things, which is why they are the cause of such a lot of damage and destruction. Wood is particularly susceptible to this attention.

Rats may cause an assortment of problems in homes and businesses around Musselburgh and they gnaw their way through insulation, woodwork, wires and pipes, leave droppings, transmit disease, and are basically troublesome. Home owners need to report incidences of rats to their local authority. Or alternatively report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, that will be passed onto the relevant local authority.

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You don't actually have to witness rats to know of their existence, because there are numerous revealing signs which will alert you to their activity. Perhaps you could come upon a rat's nest hidden away, you might find droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could observe distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards or you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor.

If you're going to have this issue tackled effectively you'll want to bring in an expert. You could either speak to your local environmental health department or use the services of an expert Musselburgh pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. Long ago, rat catchers were exactly that, but at present they are typically termed pest controllers and won't just be able to help you tackle rat problems but also cockroaches, wasps, moles, ants, mice and much more.

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Musselburgh and also nearby in: Newcraighall, Cockenzie, Longniddry, Whitecraig, Edinburgh, Prestonpans, Craigmillar, Ormiston, Carberry, Portobello, Tranent, Elphinstone, Inveresk, Wallyford, Macmerry, Danderhall, Dalkeith, together with these postcodes EH21 6BH, EH21 6EH, EH21 6NW, EH21 6HR, EH21 6DW, EH21 6PB, EH21 6HP, EH21 6QE, EH21 6BZ, EH21 6JU. Local Musselburgh rat catchers will most likely have the postcode EH21 and the telephone dialling code Dialling code 0131. Checking this can confirm that you access local pest control. Musselburgh home and business owners are able to utilise these and lots of other similar services.

Rat Bites

While bites from rats aren't all that commonplace in Britain, they do happen on the odd occasion and they can be dangerous in some scenarios. When rats are stressed or feel cornered, they can bite humans, therefore should you unfortunately find yourself in a situation like that, leave a clear and easy exit route and stay out of the way.

Rat bites occasionally occur in properties where rats are kept as pets, and poking your hand inside a rat's cage is definitely something you should avoid. Even though they are not necessarily serious, rat bites can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), therefore they should be avoided if possible. "Rat bite fever" (RBF), if left untreated, can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever - "Rat bite fever" (streptobacillary RBF) can have various signs and symptoms, including:

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

You should promptly wash the affected area with warm water, if you receive a rat bite, and administer an antibiotic ointment, and finally cover it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. Even if you don't feel that it is too severe, you must get it looked at by your nearest hospital A&E, or make an appointment to see your doctor or GP. Getting a tetanus vaccination is also recommended, particularly if it is more than 5 years since your last one.

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Whether you're likely to deal with the rat situation by yourself or if you are hiring professional rat catchers, one of the ways to accomplish this is with rat traps. Nowadays there are several different types of rat traps readily available, supplying you with a selection of capture solutions. If you are against hurting animals, maybe the capture rat trap would be your optimum solution. If you check around you can get lots of varying designs such as: cage traps, enclosed poison traps, spring loaded bait traps and electronic rat traps.

Checking for Rats

If you've got suspicions that you might have rats in your home or business, there are a number of ways by which you're able to find out. You should keep an eye out for droppings, they're dark brown and look similar to large grains of rice, watch out for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, search for signs of tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas, listen out for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and attics, especially at night, look out for tunnels or burrows alongside solid surfaces, pay attention to gnawing in cables, wires and wood, especially in lofts.

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Dissuading rats and mice before they even become a nuisance is certainly the easiest way to avoid such issues. Therefore, even if you don't actually have a problem with rats, deterring rodents ought to be high on your priority list. Among the primary factors behind rat and rodent infestations is household trash littering gardens. You'll do little else but attract rats and mice if you provide them with both the materials and place to build nests. When there is also enough food on offer your rats think they're in paradise, so be warned that many bird feeders can attract rats, in particular when they're liable to spillages, and domestic household food waste shouldn't be easily accessible. (Tags: Rat Prevention, Rat Deterrents)


Burrowing and digging is one thing that all rats like to do and its next to and under solid structures and objects like patios, paths, shed bases and garage foundations where they particularly like to dig. Providing them with shelter, food storage and nesting, burrows are excavated into substantial networks which could even cause damage to buildings if not nipped in the bud. A certain sign of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides close to a solid structure, where the coming and going of furry creatures have polished and rubbed the burrow entrance. The entrances to burrows are commonly about 2-4 inches in diameter. You can find out if rats are there by partially blocking up the burrow entrance to see if they come back and clear it.

Reporting Rat Sightings

Let's go into a bit more detail here, even though this subject was highlighted earlier. It is always sensible to report it to the local authority Environmental Health Department if you spot rats in your own garden, in a public space or in a neighbours garden. Some your local council will provide a free service for rat problems but charges are typically made for most pests for example cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. Also, it is a possibility to report rat infestations using the .gov website which you will find HERE. You can needless to say arrange a local rat catcher to come over and handle the problem by going HERE.

Types of Rat

There are two kinds of rat that it's possible to encounter in Musselburgh or in fact anywhere else in the UK. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), sewer rat or street rat) is the most frequently seen rat in the British Isles and all over Europe (also North America). This brown or grey coloured rat reaches lengths of four to nine inches (plus tail) and weight around 140 to 500g. It was given its name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since it was believed to have spread to the UK by boat from Norway. It's nowadays thought to have originated in China or Central Asia. Brown rats have an acute sense of hearing but poor eyesight, they dig extensive burrows and climb well, they're omnivores but prefer cereal grains, the female rats can produce five litters of as many as Fourteen each year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat first arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia (India). It is regarded as having spread through Europe in Roman times, very likely hidden in spice shipments. Very scarce nowadays in Britain, this rat was largely driven out by the more dominant brown (common) rat. Reaching a length of five to seven inches, this rat weighs in at only 75g to 230g. Known to pass on rat bite fever, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, bubonic plague, typhus, salmonella, listeria, trichinosis and Weil's disease, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.

To Summarise

Having a problem with rats in Musselburgh is something that everyone fears, and when this happens to you, the temptation might be to try to solve it yourself. There are loads of products offered to help you to accomplish this and you will buy rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Musselburgh.

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Nonetheless, unless you know exactly what you are doing, it is possibly advisable to engage an expert rat exterminator, who'll have resolved such problems thousands of times before, and will automatically know what the ideal solution is.

Generally the newcomer's use of rat toxins is not actually that successful, and can even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to risk doing harm to your children and pets? If you know what is better for you, use a specialist rat control service in Musselburgh for a solution to your rat problems.

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(This pest control Musselburgh article was compiled by Stephen Locke 12-11-21)