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Peterhead Rat Catchers (AB42): Though it is not that common nowadays, discovering a rat in your garden or property in Peterhead is not a great experience. One single rat sighting might not be too much of a problem, however, if you witness the presence of rats more frequently or spot more than one rat you might be heading for trouble since they reproduce so quickly.

Whilst neither of the 2 rat species presently seen in the United Kingdom originate from these islands, they've certainly become well established. The brown rat is particularly widespread whilst the black rat just isn't so much so these days. Both of these varieties escaped from Asia and arrived in Great Britain on ships.

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The longest and heaviest of the 2 rat breeds is the common brown at about nine inches, whilst the black only measures 5 to 7" long. To stop their teeth from growing too long, brown rats need to keep gnawing at things, which is the reason they cause so much damage and destruction. Their interest is often focused on objects made out of timber.

Rats leave behind droppings, transmit disease, gnaw their way through woodwork, wires, pipes and insulation, and generally cause a nuisance in homes and businesses in and around Peterhead. Home owners ought to report sightings of rats to their local authority. Also you can report problems with rats on the .gov website HERE.

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You do not always have to observe rats to confirm their existence, since there are several signs which may alert you to their presence. Perhaps you might notice droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you might come across holes gnawed in floorboards or skirting boards, you could hear noises coming from a wall, floor or loft or you may stumble upon a rat's nest in some hidden location.

If you don't wish to wait around for the local council to deal with your rat problem it's also possible to speak to a local Peterhead pest controller or rat catcher who'll be skilled in the field of pest removal. There are not a lot of folks nowadays who only specialize in rat problems, so you can also give them a call if you've got moles in your lawn or maybe a wasp nest in your loft area.

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Pest control and rat catching can be carried out in Peterhead and also nearby in: Crimond, Blackhills, Hatton, New Pitsligo, Auchnagatt, St Fergus, Stirling, Maud, Mintlaw, Strichen, Longside, Boddam, Stuartfield, Cruden Bay, New Deer, Invernettie, and in these postcodes AB42 1GE, AB42 1BS, AB42 1GP, AB42 1QH, AB42 1NA, AB42 1BU, AB42 0YD, AB42 1JN, AB42 1DE, AB42 1AH. Local Peterhead rat catchers will probably have the telephone dialling code Dialling code 01779 and the postcode AB42. Checking this should make sure that you are accessing local pest control. Peterhead home and business owners can benefit from these and countless other similar services.

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

With their fur covered bodies, pointy faces and twitching whiskers, some people might find rats and mice to be cute, however they're not the type of creatures that you want to have living in your house or garden in Peterhead, and can be more dangerous than you might believe. By gnawing through plastic, plasterboard, floorboards and electric wiring, mice and rats can cause electrical fires and other accidents. Between the two mice and rats can spread more than 30 kinds of diseases including bubonic plague, rat bite fever, trichinosis, typhus, Weil's disease, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, tularemia and listeria. A number of different things will attract rats and mice to your garden and home including:

  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Mice and rats can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so watch out for gaps around entrances, crawl spaces, grills and piping.
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is one of the primary attractions for mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General jumble and clutter in an attic, outbuilding or basement will be particularly attractive to mice and rats, especially if there is a food source close by.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Remarkably heaps of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to rats and mice - there will be some tasty morsels hidden in there!
  • RUBBISH - Accumulations of garbage and garden waste piled up on your property (especially in the garden) will certainly attract rodents.
  • WATER - Busy little rodents have to drink like any other living creature, which means that sources of water such as birdbaths, dripping sprinkler systems, pet bowls and leaky pipes are a big temptation for these unwanted pests.

Problems With Moles

Rat catchers in Peterhead are also occasionally contacted to deal with another issue, namely moles. Bringing about totally different issues to rats, moles are usually not quite as disliked. It's out in the garden where you're likely to have troubles with moles, and lawns specifically are susceptible. Perfectly clipped lawns laden with ugly mounds of freshly dug dirt are sure signs of activity by moles. Using traps is undoubtedly the most favourable and humane method to remove moles. (Tags: Molecatchers Peterhead, Mole Trapping Peterhead)

Rat Bites

Whilst not all that common in the British Isles, bites from rats do happen on occasion, and in some situations they can have serious consequences. If you happen to stumble upon a rat in a confined environment, it could bite you if it feels cornered or scared, therefore leave it a clear exit route and try to avoid it.

You would think that folks would be wary of sticking their hand in a rat's cage, but as rats are often kept as pets, this is an increasing cause of rat bites. Rat bites can become infected or be fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever", so they should be avoided when possible, although of they are not of course always dangerous. "Rat bite fever" can result in death in 10% of cases, if left without treatment.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever - The signs and symptoms of "rat bite fever" can include:

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

If you are unlucky enough to receive a rat bite, carefully wash the wound in warm water, apply some antibiotic ointment, and bandage the affected area. You must make an emergency appointment with your GP, or head straight to the closest A&E, even if you believe it isn't that serious. Getting a tetanus vaccine is also recommended, particularly if it is more than 5 years since your last one.

Rat Poisons

A more distasteful way to eradicate rats is by using poison. Grains of wheat are covered using a poisonous substance and left for rats to consume, it then takes them several days to perish. When its set in the appropriate position within an area where rats have been spotted, the poison can pretty rapidly kill a large population of rats. Toxic substances that are widely-used in rat poisons include: brodifacoum, difenacoum or bromadioline. Rat poison does not just kill rats, cats, dogs and other pets could also be affected, consequently extreme care must be taken. Rat poison brands available in the United Kingdom include: Rentokil, Pest Expert, RatKil, Roshield, Elixir Gardens and Propest. (Tags: Rat Poison Peterhead, Rat Poisons Peterhead)


Digging and burrowing is something that all rats really like to do and its close to solid objects or structures like walkways, garages, terraces and garden shed bases where they mainly like to dig. These are not just straightforward holes in the ground, but rather extensive networks of burrows, designed to provide shelter, food storage and nesting places. A certain indication of a rat burrow is often a hole with smooth sides close to a solid surface, where the coming and going of furry bodies have polished the entrance hole. Should you discover holes but aren't certain if they're rats, they will commonly be about 2" to 4" in diameter. An effective way to determine if rats are still living in the burrow is to chuck some rubbish into the entrance hole and find out if it has been removed the next day.

Types of Rat

There are only 2 breeds of rat that you could run into in Peterhead or in fact any place else in Britain. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or sewer rat) is the most frequently seen rat in the UK and across Europe (also North America). The colour of this species ranges between brown and grey, it grows to around 4" - 9" (with an equivalent length tail) and has a weight range of between 140g and 500g. It was given the name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) as it was assumed to have come to the British Isles by ships from Norway. It is nowadays understood to have originated from China or Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and burrow a lot, they have an acute sense of hearing but poor eyesight, the females can produce up to five litters every year, they will eat virtually anything (omnivorous) but prefer cereals and grains.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of the United Kingdom, the black rat, ship rat or roof rat first arrived in Europe from India and Southeast Asia. Thought to have spread when the Roman Empire reigned supreme, this rat almost certainly reached Europe and Britain via cargoes of spices. At one time a common sight in Britain, this rat disappeared when the brown rat appeared. The black rat gets to a length of 5-7 inches and weights of 75g to 230g. Black rats have a reputation for spreading a variety of diseases, most notably bubonic plague, rat bite fever, trichinosis, typhus, Weil's disease, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, tularemia and listeria.

In Conclusion

Householders with rat problems in Peterhead are often tempted to have a bash at solving it themselves. Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation, what should you do? There are plenty of products that are currently available to help you to achieve this and you will find rat poisons, rat traps and other products in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in the Peterhead area.

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Calling in a competent Peterhead rat exterminator would however be preferable, unless you know precisely what you're up to, because the right procedure isn't necessarily the obvious one.

The novice's use of rat poison will likely do more harm than good, as you need to be exceptionally careful with them especially when children and pets are about. You'd be far better off enlisting the help of an expert when you want rat control in Peterhead.

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Also find: Crimond pest control, Stuartfield pest control, Hatton pest control, Boddam pest control, New Pitsligo pest control, Blackhills pest control, Maud pest control, Invernettie pest control, Auchnagatt pest control, New Deer pest control, Stirling pest control, Cruden Bay pest control, St Fergus pest control, Mintlaw pest control, Longside pest control, Strichen rat catchers and more. All these areas are covered by local pest control. Peterhead property owners can get price quotes by going here.

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Peterhead rat catchers can normally help with bird proofing services in Peterhead, rat control, emergency 24 hour pest control, pest control in Peterhead, wasp nest removal, bird pest control, rat deterrents in Peterhead, pest removal, rat poison Peterhead, domestic rat control, rat baits, pigeon control Peterhead, squirrel pest control in Peterhead, rat catching Peterhead, dead bird removal, rodent control, mouse control, rat extermination Peterhead, ultrasonic pest control, cockroach control, restaurant pest control Peterhead, pest control, commercial pest control Peterhead, bed bugs pest control, rat trapping and other pest control in Peterhead, Scotland. These are just a few of the tasks that are accomplished by those installing pest control. Peterhead companies will be happy to tell you about their entire range of pest control services.

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Rat Control Around Peterhead: Householders living in the following streets have recently enquired about rat control services - Carnegie Road, White Gates, Ugie Road, Crossfolds Crescent, Port Henry Road, The Walled Garden, Cowsrieve Close, Oleander Road, Back Street, Albert Street, Thomson Road, Dales Industrial Estate, North Lane, Invernettie Road, Arkdale, Drummers Corner, Gadwall Place, Forrest Road, Jamaica Street, Hayfield Place, Roseberry Drive, St. Kilda Avenue, East Thunderton, Great Stuart Street, North Road, Greenhill Road, Glenugie Crescent, Glendale Gardens, Ringway Road, as well as these local Peterhead postcodes: AB42 1GE, AB42 1BS, AB42 1GP, AB42 1QH, AB42 1NA, AB42 1BU, AB42 0YD, AB42 1JN, AB42 1DE, AB42 1AH. Work was performed in these locations by specialists in pest control. Peterhead residents enjoyed dependable and high quality pest control services on every occasion.

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