Paisley Rat Catchers (PA1): Discovering a rat in your garden or house is usually quite a horrifying experience and while it is not such a frequent occurrence in Paisley in recent times, it is certainly not unusual. Rats breed very quickly and can cause issues, particularly when their numbers spiral out of hand. An individual incidence of a lone rat may not be much of a worry, but if you happen to be seeing them regularly you should report it.
There are 2 types of rat which you may run into in Paisley, brown (common) rats and black rats. Its pretty unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you have seen a rat just recently chances are it'll have been the more commonplace brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were the cause of the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are pretty scarce now, although when they are found they're exceptional climbers, have good hearing, and the females can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats each year.
The longest of the 2 rat varieties is the common brown at around nine inches, whilst the black rat only measures 5-7 inches long. To stop their incisors from getting too long, brown rats need to keep on chewing things, which is why they're the cause of so much damage and destruction. They especially love to gnaw at wood.
An infestation of rats lead to lots of different problems for business owners and householders in and around Paisley, they'll gnaw through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, leave behind droppings, transmit disease, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Any sightings of rats should be reported to the local environmental health department. Or perhaps click HERE to report pest and rat problems on the .gov website.
It isn't purely by sight that you'll become aware of the presence of rats, their habits are sometimes quite enough to enlighten you. It's possible you might find a rat's nest hidden away, you could discover droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you could hear scratching noises coming from a floor, wall or loft or you could observe holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards.
To tackle this issue there are specific strategies you might take. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you can bring in a rat catcher or pest removal specialist or you could contact the local Paisley authority or council. There aren't a lot of people these days who only specialize in issues with rats, you can also call them if you've got a problem with a wasp nest in your loft area or perhaps moles digging up your lawn. (Tags: Pest Control Paisley, Ratcatchers Paisley )
Rat Traps PaisleyWhether you are planning to handle the rat problem by yourself or if you are calling in the experts, one way to deal with rats is by using rat traps. You can get many different styles of rat traps these days, some that actually kill the rats and some which imprison the rat for release later. If you're averse to doing harm to animals, maybe the capture rat trap will be the perfect solution. If you check around you can obtain a lot of varying patterns such as: enclosed poison traps, spring loaded bait traps, cage traps and electronic rat traps.
Species of Rat
In Paisley, Scotland or anywhere in Great Britain, there's just two species of rat which you are likely to come across. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).
The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)
The most widespread type of rat found in the British Isles, and also Europe, is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), common rat, sewer rat or street rat). The brown rat (it can sometimes be grey in colour) is typically 4-9" in length (without the tail) and weighs in at 140 - 500 grammes. It almost always lives wherever people are living. Now understood to have originally come from Central Asia (almost certainly China), the brown rat was at one time deemed to have arrived from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats have poor eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, they burrow a lot and climb well, they're omnivores but favour grain cereals, the female rats may give birth to 5 litters of up to 14 every year.
The Black Rat
Originating in India the black rat, roof rat or ship rat is also not native to the British Isles or Europe. Thought to have spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat quite possibly reached Continental Europe and the United Kingdom via cargoes of spices. Rather rare now in the United Kingdom, this rat was largely ousted by the more dominant brown rat. Weighing in at only 75-230 grammes, the black rat grows to lengths of about 5" to 7". Well known for causing diseases black rats have been to blame for salmonella, bubonic plague, Weil's disease, typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis, listeria, toxoplasmosis and tularemia.
Spotting RatsIf you have suspicions that you could have rats in your business or property, there are various means by which you can find out. You can listen closely for scratching noises emanating from roofs and walls, especially during the night, search for footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, look out for tunnels or burrows near to solid surfaces, check for gnaw marks in cables, wires and wood, particularly in lofts, watch out for rub marks on skirting boards and walls where greasy fur has left marks, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look like large grains of rice and are dark brown.
BurrowsIf you have rats running around the garden, the probabilities are that there'll be a burrow. Rats like to burrow and they generally excavate them beside solid objects or structures like garage foundations, garden shed bases, terraces and pathways. These are the locations to check out if you believe there are rats in the area. They excavate substantial burrow networks that are useful for food storage, nesting and shelter. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is usually a smooth sided hole next to a solid surface, where the comings and goings of furry bodies have polished and rubbed the entrance hole. The entrance holes to rat burrows are commonly about two to four inches across. A great way to determine if rats still live in the burrow is to throw some debris into the entrance hole and see if it has been cleared the next day.
Problems With Mice in Paisley
Whilst not so terrible as seeing rats scurrying around garden or house, mice can be as much of a concern. Similar to rats, mice leave droppings, gnaw at stuff, contaminate foodstuffs, breed quickly and are generally an annoyance. Also, just like rats, poisoning and trapping are the preferred methods for resolving mouse infestations in Paisley. When you have an infestation of mice, Paisley rat catchers will be glad to help you solve this problem. Pay a visit to BARK and get a pest controller in your area.
What Attracts Rats and Mice?
Although some people in Paisley may think that they're quite cute with their furry bodies, pointy faces and twitching whiskers, rats and mice are certainly not creatures that you want living in your house or garden, and they can even be dangerous to have around. By nibbling through insulation materials, plastic, electric wires and floorboards, rats and mice can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Over 30 different types of disease can be spread by mice and rats including conditions like salmonella, bubonic plague, Weil's disease, typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis, listeria, toxoplasmosis and tularemia. Among the different things that will certainly attract rats and mice to your garden and home are:
- FOOD - Food that's left discarded or lying around is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
- RUBBISH - Accumulations of trash and garden rubbish heaped up on your property (particularly in the garden) will unquestionably attract mice and rats.
- COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly pet waste and even compost heaps can be attractive to rats and mice - there will be a few tasty titbits hiding in there!
- CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in shed, cellar or loft will be especially attractive to rats and mice, particularly if there is a source of food nearby.
- ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Mice and rats can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and holes, so keep an eye out for spaces around entrances, pipework, crawl spaces and roof vents.
- WATER - Mice and rats need to drink, therefore water sources like pet water bowls, leaking pipes, dripping sprinkler systems and birdbaths are a big temptation for these pests.
Having a problem with rats in Paisley is a situation that most of us dread, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you may be tempted to try to resolve it yourself. By looking around supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Paisley area, it's not at all hard to purchase rat traps, rat poisons and other similar merchandise. Even so, unless you're aware of what you're doing, it is probably wise to seek the services of an expert rat exterminator, who will have handled this problem hundreds if not thousands of times previously, and will know automatically what the best solution is. The amateur use of rat poison will likely cause more problems than it solves, because you have to be exceptionally cautious with them when children and pets are about. If you've any doubts, call in the professionals for rat control needs in Paisley.
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