Pest Control Sandridge

Sandridge Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Sandridge Rat Catchers (AL4): Though its not really a common occurrence nowadays in Sandridge, homeowners still have issues with rats from time to time. Seeing a rat in your garden or inside your house is not a pleasant thing to experience, and could be sufficient to give some homeowners nightmares. Individual rats are unlikely to create very much of a problem, but of course rats tend to reproduce quickly and may cause issues as soon as their numbers rise.

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There are two sorts of rat that you may encounter in Sandridge, black rats and brown (or common) rats. It's relatively improbable that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you have stumbled upon a rat fairly recently chances are it'll have been one of the more commonplace brown rats (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were once common and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly scarce now, however where they are seen they're superb climbers, have an acute sense of hearing, and can give birth to between twenty and one hundred baby rats every twelve months.

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Brown rats are larger than black rats weighing in at half a kilo and reaching lengths of nearly nine inches. To wear down their continuously growing incisors, brown rats need to keep gnawing at things, which is why they are the cause of such a lot of damage. They particularly prefer to gnaw at woodwork.

Rats gnaw through pipes, woodwork, insulation and wires, leave behind droppings, spread diseases, and basically cause a nuisance in homes and business premises in Sandridge. Sightings of rats should always be reported to the local authorities. Or even post a report to record pest and rat problems on the .gov website HERE, which is forwarded to the relevant local authority.

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It's not invariably by appearance alone that you'll be alerted to the presence of rats, their actions are often quite enough to give warning. It could be that you may hear scratching noises coming from a wall, loft or floor, you could come upon a rat's nest hidden away, you might spot distinctive rat holes chewed in skirtings or floorboards or you might notice droppings on the floor or in cupboards.

If you're going to have this issue remedied properly it is advisable to get in touch with an expert. You could either get in contact with the local authority or retain the services of a specialist Sandridge pest controller or rat catcher for yourself. Back many years ago, rat catchers used to be simply that, but at present they tend to be referred to as pest controllers and won't solely be capable of helping with getting rid of rats but also eliminating mice, wasps, ants, moles, cockroaches and many more.

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Pest control and rat catching can be done in Sandridge and also in nearby places like: Coleman Green, Lemsford, Porters Wood, Marshalswick, Hatching Green, Batchwood, Hatfield, St Albans, Harpenden, Oaklands, Jersey Farm, Wheathampstead, Childwickbury, New Greens, together with these postcodes AL4 9HR, AL4 9EP, AL4 9LJ, AL4 9BT, AL3 6JF, AL4 9DB, AL4 9DA, AL4 9JW, AL4 9HF, AL4 9HG. Locally based Sandridge rat catchers will most likely have the postcode AL4 and the phone code 01727. Checking this should ensure that you are accessing locally based pest control. Sandridge property owners can utilise these and lots of other pest related services.

Problems With Moles

Various Sandridge rat catchers can also help with moles. Moles can cause issues in different ways to rats and aren't despised anywhere near so much. Gardens and lawns are the chief things at risk of damage when you have a mole problem. Proof of their activity can clearly be seen in the shape of scattered heaps of earth on perfectly maintained lawns. Trapping is far and away the most acceptable and humane way to reduce the number of moles.

Rats - Telltale Signs

There are numerous ways by which you can tell when you've got rats. When you've got a notion that there might be rats in your home or business you can watch for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, look out for burrows or holes next to solid objects, pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, wires and cables, particularly in attics, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from rooves and walls, in particular during the night, keep an eye out for droppings (faeces), they look just like large grains of rice and are dark brown.

Reporting Rats and Pests

The following is more information on a subject we discussed before. If you notice rats in a neighbours garden, in your own garden or in a public place its advised to inform the local authorities. When it comes to rats this is quite often a cost-free service, while you will often be charged for other pests for instance bed bugs, cockroaches and wasps. You can go to the .gov webpage HERE to report sightings of rats. To get the problem sorted out swiftly contact a rat catcher HERE.

Species of Rat

You're only going to encounter 2 kinds of rat in Sandridge, Hertfordshire and anyplace in Great Britain. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The commonest species of rat present in the United Kingdom, and also in Europe and North America, is the brown rat (common rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat or sewer rat). This grey or brown coloured creature grows to lengths of 4" to 9" (plus the tail) and weights 140 to 500 grams. This rodent was given its name Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) as it was presumed to have spread to the British Isles by ships from Norway. The brown rat is now considered to have originated from Central Asia/China. Brown rats have bad eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, they climb well and dig extensively, they're omnivores but have a preference for cereals and grains, the female rats may produce five litters of as many as 14 pups per year.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

The black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat is also not a native of the UK, originating in India and Southeast Asia. It is believed to have spread throughout Europe during the time of the Roman Empire, probably traveling in cargoes of spice. The black rat was once widespread in Great Britain however was essentially driven out by the larger brown rat and is now fairly rare. Growing to lengths of 5-7 inches, this rat weighs in at about 75g to 230g. Renowned for spreading disease black rats have been accountable for Weil's disease, bubonic plague, tularemia, listeria, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, trichinosis, rat bite fever and typhus.


The one thing which rats like to do is burrow and dig, and their favourite place to dig is next to and beneath solid objects or structures such as garden shed bases, walkways, patios and garage foundations. Providing food storage, a nesting place and shelter, burrows are excavated into extensive systems which can even cause damage to structures if not nipped in the bud. Watch out for holes having smooth sides, which may have been polished by the constant ins and outs of these busy little pests. When you spot holes but are not certain that they are rats, they'll generally be 2" to 4" across. You should check if rats are present by partially filling up the entrance hole to ascertain if they come back and clear it away.

Rat Bites

Whilst they are not among the most commonplace injuries sustained by people in the United Kingdom, every once in a while rat bites do happen, and the effects can sometimes be serious. If you happen to encounter a rat in a confined environment, it could attack and bite you if it feels pressured or cornered, so leave it an easy exit route and try to stay out of it's way.

Rat bites occasionally occur in homes where rats are kept as pets, and pushing your hand inside a rat's cage is certainly a manoeuvre to be wary of. Even though rat bites are not serious in every case, they must be avoided if possible, and can become infected or be life threatening if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). "Rat bite fever", if it's left without treatment, can result in death, and has has a 10% mortality rate.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - Various signs and symptoms can be experienced by somebody with "rat bite fever" including:

  • Joint Pain
  • A Rash
  • Swelling or Redness
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Fever

If are bitten by a rat you should wash the wound promptly, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover with a clean plaster or bandage. Even if the bite does not seem that major, you should book an appointment to see your GP or head to the closest A&E department. If you've not been vaccinated against tetanus in the last 5 years or so, you should also ask for of these too.

To Summarise

Having a problem with rats in Sandridge is something that everybody fears, and when this happens to you, the temptation might be to try to solve it yourself. By looking around hardware stores, shops and supermarkets in the Sandridge area, it's pretty easy to buy rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products.

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An expert rat exterminator in Sandridge is however the preferred person for the job, seeing as removing rats isn't always as easy as you might suppose.

In many instances the novice's use of rat poisons is not actually that beneficial, and can even do more harm than good - would you really want to risk harming your pets and children? If uncertain, bring in the professionals for rat control in Sandridge.

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