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Oxted Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Oxted Rat Catchers (RH8): Discovering a rat in your home or garden could be quite an unsettling experience and whilst it isn't such a common occurrence in Oxted these days, it is definitely something that happens every once in awhile. Rats breed quickly and can cause problems, particularly when their numbers spiral out of hand. Just one sighting of a lone rat may not be much of a concern, however if you're observing them often you'll want to do something.

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If you spot rats in Oxted, the chances are that they will be common brown rats, though there are in fact two sorts of rats at present found in Great Britain; brown (common rats) and black (ship). As you might know black rats were responsible for the Great Plague of the 17th Century during which period they were extremely widespread. Black rats are quite rare now and actually neither type is native to the United Kingdom, both originally from from Asia.

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Brown rats are typically bigger than black rats (Rattus Rattus) and may weigh nearly 500g, with a length of around 9 inches. Brown rats can cause damage because they need to continually gnaw on things to stop their teeth from growing too long. Their attention is often concentrated on stuff made from timber.

Rats can cause various kinds of problems in homes and businesses around Oxted and they leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, gnaw through woodwork, wires, pipes and insulation, and generally cause a nuisance. The local council needs to be advised when there are frequent incidences of rats. Or head HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov dedicated webpage.

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It's not invariably by sight alone that you will become aware of the existence of rats, their behaviour is often quite enough to enlighten you. Perhaps you may come across a rat's nest in some out of the way location, you may start seeing droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards, you might spot rat holes chewed in skirting boards or floorboards or you may hear scratching coming from a loft, floor or wall.

In order to have this situation managed correctly you might want to get a specialist. You can contact your local environmental health department or hire the services of a specialist Oxted rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. In the good old days, rat catchers used to be simply that, but presently they are generally known as pest control experts and won't solely be willing to help with rat problems but also moles, mice, ants, wasps, cockroaches and much more.

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Oxted and also in: Holland, Limpsfield, Limpsfield Chart, Woldingham, Old Oxted, Caterham, Crockham Hill, Tatsfield, South Godstone, Westerham, Titsey, Godstone, Tandridge, Church Town, Hurst Green, together with these postcodes RH8 0JA, RH8 0JJ, RH8 0HJ, RH8 0LP, RH8 0NF, RH8 0YP, RH8 0RF, RH8 0JF, RH8 0PX, RH8 0DW. Local Oxted rat catchers will likely have the postcode RH8 and the dialling code 01883. Verifying this should guarantee you are accessing local pest control. Oxted householders are able to utilise these and numerous other comparable services.

Species of Rat

You are only going to encounter 2 types of rat in Oxted or anyplace in Britain. They are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat

In Oxted, the remainder of Britain and Europe the most common species of rat is the brown rat (street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat or sewer rat), this is the one you could spot in your garden or home. The coloration of this species varies between grey and brown, it normally grows to around 4-9" (with a similar length of tail) and has a weight range of between 140 and 500 grams. Now thought to have originally come from Central Asia (very likely China), the brown rat was once presumed to have come from Norway. Brown rats have poor eyesight but good hearing, they climb well and dig a lot, they are omnivores but have a preference for grain cereals, the female rats often give birth to 5 litters of as many as 14 young a year.

The Black Rat

Originating from India and Southeast Asia the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native species of the UK or Europe. Probably traveling in shipments of spices in Roman times, the black rat subsequently spread throughout Europe. Once a common sight in the United Kingdom, the black rat largely disappeared when the brown rat appeared. Growing to lengths of 5" to 7", the black rat weighs in at just 75-230g. Black rats have a reputation for spreading several diseases, especially typhus, trichinosis, tularemia, listeria, bubonic plague, rat bite fever, Weil's disease, toxoplasmosis and salmonella.

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Whilst nowhere near such a common pest these days moles can also be dealt with by rat catchers. Moles can cause issues in a different way to rats and aren't disliked quite so much. The chief trouble with moles is that they cause damage to your garden, particularly lawns. Neatly mowed lawns spoiled by unsightly mounds of recently dug dirt are a sure sign of moles. Using traps is undoubtedly the most humane and favourable technique to remove moles.

Reporting Rats and Pests

Here's a bit more detail on a topic that we brought up previously. The local council is where you should send a report should you see rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. In the case of rats this could sometimes be a free service, while you'll frequently be required to pay for other pests such as bed bugs, wasps and cockroaches. Rat sightings may also be reported by visiting the Government (.gov) webpage HERE. To get things sorted swiftly schedule a rat catcher HERE.


When you have rats appearing in the garden, the probabilities are that there'll be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and they typically dig them adjacent to solid objects or structures such as shed bases, walkways, garages and terraces. These are the best spots to look if you think there may be rats about. Providing nesting, shelter and food storage, burrows are dug into substantial systems which could even cause damage to buildings if they remain unchecked. The entrances to burrows are usually worn smooth by frequent comings and goings, so keep an eye out for smooth sided holes next to solid structures. The entrances to burrows are generally approximately two to four inches in diameter. You can check if rats are still using it by temporarily blocking up the entrance hole to find out if they come back and clear it away.

Rat Bite Wounds

Whilst they are not one of the most commonplace injuries inflicted on humans in Oxted, from time to time rat bites certainly do happen, and the effects can sometimes be grave. When rats are cornered or feel stressed, they can attack and bite people, so should you unfortunately find yourself in that situation, leave a clear and easy exit route and stay out of the way.

These sorts of bites sometimes occur where rats are being kept as pets, and you could be asking for trouble if you stick your hand into a rat's cage. Although rat bites are not serious in all cases, they can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). "Rat bite fever", if it is left untreated, can result in death in 10% of cases.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever - Various symptoms and signs can be suffered by somebody with "rat bite fever" (streptobacillary RBF) including things like:

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

In the unlikely event that you're ever bitten by a rat, you will need to carefully bathe the wounded area, apply some antibiotic cream, and wrap it with a clean, sterile bandage. Even if the wound does not appear that major, you need to make an emergency appointment with your GP or head straight to the nearest hospital A&E. If you haven't had a tetanus vaccination in the last five years or so, it might be advisable to get one of these as well - the hospital will most likely do this as routine.

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Rat Traps

Whether you're planning to handle the rat situation yourself or if you are calling in professional rat catchers, one way to do this is to use rat traps. Rat traps can be developed to exterminate rats or to humanely imprison a rat for later release. The capture style are the optimal alternative for folks who don't like to see animals being hurt in any way, shape or form, even pests. The available rat trap types include: cage traps, electronic rat traps, enclosed poison traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Do You Have Rats?

If you have an inkling you could have rats in your home or business, there are a few means by which you'll be able to find out. You can pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, especially in lofts, watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirtings and walls, listen out for scratching noises coming from walls and roofs, in particular at nighttime, be on the lookout for holes or burrows near to solid surfaces, keep your eyes peeled for droppings, they're darkish brown and look like large grains of rice, search for signs of tail trails or footprints on loose soil or in dusty areas.

Problems With Mice

While not quite as traumatic as uncovering rats scuttling around house or garden, having mice could be equally as much of a problem. While much smaller, mice still gnaw at things, contaminate food, leave droppings and breed rapidly. The strategies for mouse infestations in Oxted are quite similar to the ones used with rats ie poisoning and trapping. Oxted rat catchers will also help you get rid of mouse infestations, so get on the phone or go to BARK and get the problem sorted.

In Conclusion

Folks with rat problems in Oxted are sometimes tempted to have a crack at resolving it for themselves. So, if this happens to you, what should you do? By looking around shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in and around Oxted, it is relatively easy to buy rat poisons, rat traps and other similar solutions.

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An experienced rat exterminator in Oxted is however the best person for the job, seeing as eliminating rats isn't necessarily as easy as you might believe.

In many cases the newcomer's use of rat poison is not actually all that beneficial, and could even make matters worse - do you really want to risk doing harm to your pets and children? If you know what's better for you, use a professional rat control service in Oxted for resolving your rat problems.

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Rat Control Around Oxted: Rat issues have recently been solved in these Oxted streets - Silkham Road, St. Marys Close, Amy Road, Tally Road, Crowhurst Lane End, Greenwood Gardens, Post Office Row, Greenhurst Lane, Padbrook, Boulthurst Way, Bluehouse Lane, Meadowbrook, Southlands Lane, Bay Trees, Itchingwood Common Road, Gibbs Brook Lane, Pains Hill, Carrolls Way, Haywain, Alexander Place, Moorhouse Road, Brassey Hill, Roseacre, Greenacres, Quarry Road, Barrow Green Road, Ballards Lane, Uvedale Road, West Hill Bank, as well as these local Oxted postcodes: RH8 0JA, RH8 0JJ, RH8 0HJ, RH8 0LP, RH8 0NF, RH8 0YP, RH8 0RF, RH8 0JF, RH8 0PX, RH8 0DW. Work was accomplished in these areas by experts in pest control. Oxted home and property owners received trusted and reliable pest control services.

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(This pest control Oxted page was created by Stephen Locke 06-06-2022)