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Oakwood Rat Catchers (N14): Whilst it isn't such a frequent occurrence in Oakwood nowadays, householders still have trouble with rats occasionally. Seeing a rat in your garden or inside your house isn't a nice experience, and could be enough to give some homeowners the shakes. Single rats are unlikely to create very much of a problem, although rats breed quickly and will cause issues when they grow in numbers.

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If you do spot rats in Oakwood, the probabilities are that they're going to be common brown rats, though there are in fact 2 breeds of rat at present living in the UK; black (or ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you may know ship rats were blamed for the Great Plague (17th C) at which time they were really widespread. Black rats are quite scarce nowadays and in fact neither variety is native to Great Britain, both of them arriving from Asia.

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The brown rat is normally bigger than the black rat (Rattus Rattus) and can weigh up to 500g, with a length of roughly 9". To prevent their teeth from getting too long, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at stuff, which explains why they cause such a lot of damage. Their interest is oftentimes targeting items made out of wood.

Rats spread disease, gnaw their way through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, leave droppings, and generally cause problems in homes and businesses throughout Oakwood. Any repeated sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authority. Or otherwise post a report to record pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, which will be forwarded to the relevant local authorities.

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You may not necessarily have to observe rats to know of that they are there, because there are various revealing signs which will warn you of their presence. It could be that you could notice droppings in cupboards or on the floor, you may spot rat holes gnawed into floorboards or skirting boards, you could hear scratching noises coming from a loft, wall or floor or you may come upon a rat's nest hidden away.

To take care of this situation there are various routes that you might take. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you could get in touch with your local Oakwood authorities or you can find a rat removal specialist. In the old days, rat catchers used to be just that, but nowadays they're generally termed pest controllers and won't solely be willing to help you with getting rid of rats but also eliminating mice, wasps, cockroaches, ants, moles and many more.

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Rat Bites

Although bites from rats aren't all that common in the UK, they do occur on the odd occasion and they can be dangerous in certain situations. Rats can bite humans when they feel threatened or cornered, so in confined spaces it's advisable to stay out of their way, and leave them an easy exit route.

Rat bites have been known to occur in houses where rats are being kept as pets, and placing your hand in a rat's cage is definitely an action to be avoided. While rat bites aren't serious in all instances, they should be avoided when possible, and can become infected or be life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). If it is not treated appropriately "rat bite fever" can result in death in 10% of cases.

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

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

If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a rat, thoroughly wash the wound in warm water, apply some antibiotic cream, and cover the affected area with a bandage. Even if the wound does not seem that serious, you ought to book an emergency appointment with your GP or head for the nearest hospital A&E department. It's also recommended that you get a tetanus jab, particularly if you have not received one in the last 5 years or so.

Reporting Rat Sightings

This is a bit more detail on a subject we talked about earlier in this article. It is always a wise idea to report it to the local council if you spot rats in a public space, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden. Occasionally councils will sort out rats free of charge, however when you've got other infestations for instance cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps they will often require payment. You can go to the .gov webpage HERE to report sightings of rats. You can obviously book your local rat catcher to pop in and deal with the problem by clicking HERE.

Types of Rat

You're only likely to come across two species of rat in Oakwood, Greater London or anywhere in Britain. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or street rat) is the most commonly found rat in the UK and all over Europe (also North America). This grey or brown coloured creature attains lengths of four to nine inches (plus tail) and weight about 140 to 500g. This rodent was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) as it was believed to have come to the UK by ship from Norway. The brown rat is now considered to have originated in Central Asia/China. Brown rats have bad eyesight but excellent hearing, they dig extensively and climb well, they're omnivores but favour cereals, the female rats will produce 5 litters of up to Fourteen a year.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Originating in Southeast Asia (quite likely India) the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not native to the United Kingdom or Europe. Very likely traveling in spice shipments for the Roman Empire, the black rat eventually spread through Europe. Rather uncommon now in the British Isles, the black rat was pretty much replaced by the more dominant brown rat. Growing to a length of 5" to 7", this rat weighs in at just 75-230g. Well known for causing salmonella, rat bite fever, listeria, bubonic plague, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, typhus, tularemia and Weil's disease, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Diseases Spread by Rats

Rats have been found to disseminate a variety of diseases to humans, largely through the contact with their urine, faeces and saliva. Salmonellosis, hantavirus, rat-bite fever and leptospirosis are some of the diseases that can be caught by humans from rats.

The bacterial infection known as rat-bite fever can be transmitted through a rat bite or scratch and can cause rashes, fever and vomiting. Liver and kidney failure are potential outcomes of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can also cause symptoms resembling the flu. The bacterial infection salmonellosis can lead to fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The respiratory system can be severely affected by hantavirus, potentially resulting in fatality.

Controlling and preventing rat infestations is a crucial step in reducing the risk of disease transmission. The prevention and reduction of the spread of these diseases and rat infestations can be achieved through the implementation of effective rat control measures, such as rodent-proofing and proper sanitation.

Problems With Mice

While not quite so shocking as discovering rats in your house or garden, having mice could be equally as much of an issue. Mice, like rats, gnaw at things, leave droppings, contaminate foodstuffs and breed quickly. The tactics for mouse infestations in Oakwood are very similar to those used with rats ie trapping and poisoning. No matter if you've got an infestation of rats or mice, visit BARK to obtain an expert Oakwood pest controller to sort it out for you.

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When you have a rat problem in Oakwood you may possibly try to resolve it on your own - and needless to say countless people in Oakwood do just that. By looking around shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in the Oakwood area, it's pretty easy to acquire rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products. Calling in an experienced Oakwood rat exterminator would however be a better idea, unless you know exactly what you're up to, seeing as the correct procedure isn't always the most obvious one. The amateur use of rat toxins will likely do more harm than good, because you have to be incredibly cautious with them especially when children and pets are running around. If uncertain, get in touch with the professionals for rat control needs in Oakwood.

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Oakwood rat catchers can normally help you with rat poison, pest control for fleas, mouse control, bed bug control, rat control, dead bird removal, dead animal removal in Oakwood, powder treatments, rat baits in Oakwood, wasp nest removal, electronic pest control, mice pest control Oakwood, bird nest clearing Oakwood, professional control of pests, guano clearing, pest control, pest control Oakwood, bird proofing, bird pest control Oakwood, rat deterrents, rat removal, insect heat treatments Oakwood, ingress pest solutions in Oakwood, fogging & spray treatments, the removal of contaminated loft insulation Oakwood, domestic rat control, restaurant pest control Oakwood, commercial rat control Oakwood, rodent control Oakwood and other pest control in Oakwood, Greater London. Listed are just some of the duties that are handled by those specialising in pest control. Oakwood professionals will be happy to inform you of their entire range of pest control services.

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Current Greater London rat control client enquiries: Deacon Bowen was looking for pest control near Lower Morden, Greater London. Herbert Haynes in Archway needed a pest control company to resolve a rat problem in his garden shed. Jaden Cain in Woodside asked the question "are there any good rat catchers near me?". Ameerah Tipping in Canonbury needed a rat catcher to solve a rat problem in her roof space. Violet Sweeney needed a pest controller to solve a rat problem in her cavity walls just outside Sunbury on Thames. Elena Hine needed a pest controller to deal with some rats in her home close to St Helier. Hana Mcnaught in Keston needed a rat catcher to deal with some rats in her house. Farah Ellis in Elmers End, Greater London needed a pest control company to get rid of some rats in her outhouse.

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