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Sandown Rat Catchers (PO36): Whilst it isn't really a frequent problem nowadays in Sandown, home owners do have issues with rats every so often. Spotting rats in your home or garden isn't a nice thing to experience, and is sufficient to cause some property owners the shakes. Lone rats aren't likely to cause much of a problem, but of course rats breed quickly and may cause problems as they grow in numbers.

If you do happen to discover rats in Sandown, the chances are that they are going to be brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus), although there are in fact 2 kinds of rat currently found in Great Britain; brown (common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you could be aware black rats were responsible for the Great Plague (17th C) during which period they were quite common. Black rats are quite rare now and actually neither species is native to the UK, both coming from Asia.

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The longest of the 2 rats is the brown at around 9", whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5" to 7" long. Brown rats can cause destruction as they've got to continuously gnaw on things to prevent their teeth from growing too much. Woodwork is especially susceptible to their attention.

Rats can cause a variety of problems in homes and business premises throughout Sandown and they gnaw through pipes, wires, woodwork and insulation, transmit disease, leave droppings, and are basically problematic. Any regular sightings of rats need to be reported to the local council. Or go HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov web page.

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It is not purely by sight that you will be alerted to the existence of rats, their behaviour is sometimes enough to enlighten you. Perhaps you could come upon a rat's nest in some out of sight location, you could notice droppings in cupboards or on floors, you could hear scratching coming from a wall, loft or floor or you might spot holes chewed into skirtings or floorboards.

If you're going to have this problem managed properly you'll want to get a specialist. You could either speak to your local environmental health department or call in a specialist Sandown rat catcher or pest controller for yourself. These days rat catchers normally come under the umbrella of pest management, and pest control experts don't only remove rats but also wasps, moles, mice, fleas, bedbugs, cockroaches and a variety of other garden and domestic pests.

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Signs of Rat Infestations

There are several ways that you can find out if you've got rats. If you've got an inkling that there may be rats in your business or property you should listen for scratching noises coming from walls and roofs, in particular during the night, keep your eyes peeled for droppings (faeces), they look much like large grains of rice and are dark brown, watch out for rub marks on walls and skirtings where greasy fur has left marks, check for gnawing in cables, wires and wood, especially in attics, try to find signs of tail trails or footprints in dusty areas, look out for burrows or tunnels alongside solid objects.


When you have rats running around your garden, the likelihood is that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to burrow and they typically dig them next to and under solid structures and objects such as garage foundations, walkways, shed bases and patios. These are the best spots to look if you think there could be rats in the area. Providing shelter, nesting places and food storage, rat burrows are excavated into substantial networks that may even cause damage to buildings if not nipped in the bud. Keep your eyes peeled for holes having smooth edges, that have been rubbed by the steady comings and goings of these busy pests. Generally around 2-4 inches in diameter, burrow entrances are not hard to recognize. A great way to learn if rats still live in the burrow is to throw a bit of stuff into the burrow entrance and find out if it has been removed the next day.

Reporting Rats and Pests

Here is a little more detail on a topic we discussed before. It is always a good idea to report it to the local authority Environmental Health Department if you notice rats in a public area, in your own garden or in a neighbours garden. Most local councils will sort out rats cost-free, but when you have other pest infestations for instance wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches they'll normally charge you. It's also easy to report rat infestations using the .gov webpage which you'll find HERE. Click HERE to organize your local rat catcher and get the matter tackled swiftly.

What Attracts Rats?

In spite of their outwardly cute appearance, with their twitching whiskers, pointy faces and fur covered bodies, rats and mice can be dangerous and are not animals that you want to be making a home in your house or garden in Sandown. By chewing through wood, plastic, electrical cables and plasterboard, rats and mice can cause electrical fires and other accidents. More than thirty different kinds of disease are spread by mice and rats including things like Weil's disease, typhus, salmonella, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, tularemia, bubonic plague and listeria. Among the things that will certainly attract mice and rats to your home and garden are:

  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so look out for spaces around doors, piping, vents and crawl spaces.
  • RUBBISH - An accumulation of junk and garden rubbish stacked up on your property (particularly in the garden) will unquestionably attract rats and mice.
  • WATER - Active mice and rats need to drink, therefore sources of water such as birdbaths, seeping sprinkler systems, pet water bowls and leaking pipes are a big enticement for these unwelcome pests.
  • PET WASTE/COMPOST - Incredibly piles of compost and even pet waste can attract mice and rats - they will find some tasty titbits hiding in there!
  • FOOD - Food that is left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an attic, outbuilding or cellar will be particularly attractive to rodents, particularly if there's a food source close by.

Needless to say rats and rodents are not only a problem in Sandown itself, they may crop up in Yaverland, Whiteley Bank, Godshill, Queens Bower, Alverstone, Ninham, Brading, Arreton, Newchurch, Shanklin, Adgestone, Winford, Lake, Apse Heath, Merstone, Ventnor, Luccombe, Wroxall and additional areas nearby.

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Having a problem with rats in Sandown is a situation that everybody dreads, and when this happens to you, you may be tempted to try to resolve it on your own. There are plenty of products that are currently available to help you to accomplish this and you'll acquire rat poisons, rat traps and similar products in hardware stores, supermarkets and shops in and around Sandown. An expert rat exterminator in Sandown is however the ideal person for the job, seeing that removing rats isn't necessarily as easy as you might assume. In most situations the amateur use of rat poisons isn't really that helpful, and may even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to risk doing harm to your pets and children? If you know what is best for you, use a professional rat control service in Sandown for resolving your rat problems.

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