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Southwater Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Southwater Rat Catchers (RH13): Finding rats in your house or garden is usually rather a frightening experience to go through even though it is not such a common occurrence in Southwater in recent times, it is certainly not unheard of. Rats tend to breed quickly and will likely cause problems, especially when their numbers spiral out of control. An individual sighting of a solitary rat won't be that much of a problem, but if you're observing them on a regular basis it is best to find a solution.

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There are two kinds of rat which you might encounter in Southwater, black rats and brown (or common) rats. Its rather unlikely that you'll ever see a black rat, and if you've encountered a rat fairly recently it is likely to have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were common at one time and were responsible for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they're quite scarce nowadays, though where they are found they're amazing climbers, have good hearing, and the females can give birth to between 20 and 100 baby rats in just one year.

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The largest and heaviest of the 2 rat varieties is the common brown rat at about nine inches, while the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only measures 5 to 7" long. The majority of the damage and destruction caused by brown rats is because to prevent their incisors from getting too long, they have to constantly gnaw on stuff. Wooden items are particularly more prone to this gnawing.

Rats gnaw through wires, insulation, woodwork and pipes, leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, and will generally cause issues in businesses and homes in Southwater. Any sightings of rats ought to be reported to the local environmental health department. Or otherwise report sightings of rats and other pest problems on the .gov website HERE, to be forwarded to your local authority.

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You don't have to actually witness rats to know of their existence, due to the fact that there are a range of signs which may alert you to their activity. It could be that you could come across distinctive rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirting boards, you may stumble upon a rat's nest in some concealed location, you could hear scratching noises coming from a loft, floor or wall or you might notice droppings on floors or in cupboards.

Unless you want to wait around for the local council to handle this rat infestation you could choose to get in touch with local Southwater pest controller or rat catcher who'll be qualified in the business of pest removal. There aren't so many people these days who only specialise in rat catching, you can also call them if you've got a problem with moles causing damage to your lawn or perhaps a wasp nest in your attic.

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Southwater Mole Catching

Several rat catchers in Southwater can also help with moles. Causing completely different issues to rats, moles are certainly not quite as despised. Lawns and gardens are the main things at risk of damage if you have a mole situation. The sight of heaps of earth scattered all over a nicely clipped lawn are plain evidence of mole activity. Using traps is far and away the most humane and favourable way to remove moles.

Spotting Rats

There are a few ways that you can find out if you've got rats. If you have some suspicions that there may be rats in your business or property you can pay attention to gnaw marks in wood, cables and wires, particularly in lofts, listen out for constant scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, especially at night, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirting boards, try to find footprints or tail trails in dusty areas or on loose soil, keep an eye out for faeces (droppings), they're dark brown in colour and look much like large grains of rice, look out for tunnels or burrows next to solid surfaces.


Burrowing and digging is a thing that rats love to do and its near to solid structures and objects like garages, garden shed bases, patios and walkways where they mainly prefer to dig. Providing food storage, a nesting place and shelter, burrows are dug into extensive networks which can even cause damage if allowed to continue. A guaranteed sign of a rat burrow is often a smooth sided hole by the side of a solid surface, where the coming and going of furry bodies have polished the burrow entrance. Typically around 2-4 inches across, entrance holes to rat burrows are normally fairly easy to identify. You can check if rats are there by partially blocking the entrance hole to determine if they come back and clear it away.

Reporting Rats

We briefly discussed this earlier, so now I will go into it a bit more. If you see rats in a public area, in a neighbours garden or in your own garden it is generally a good idea to inform the local authority Environmental Health Department. Certain local councils will solve problems with rats cost-free, however when you have other infestations such as wasps, bed bugs and cockroaches they'll often charge. You can check out the Government (.gov) webpage HERE to report rat sightings. Click HERE to arrange your local rat catcher and get the problem tackled straight away.

Problems With Mice

Maybe thought by many as not being as traumatic as rats, finding mice scuttling around your house can lead to just as many problems. Mice, just like rats, contaminate food, leave droppings, breed quickly and gnaw at stuff. Also, much like rats, poisoning and setting traps are the preferred techniques for resolving mouse problems in Southwater. Southwater rat catchers will also help you with mice infestations, so contact one or head to BARK to get the issue resolved.

What Attracts Rats?

Although some folks in Southwater may consider them quite cute with their pointy faces, twitching whiskers and furry bodies, rats and mice are definitely not animals that you want living in your home or garden, and they can even be dangerous to have around. By nibbling through plastic, electrical cables, skirting boards and insulation materials, rats and mice can cause accidents and in particular electrical fires. Between the two rats and mice can spread over thirty types of diseases including things like rat bite fever, bubonic plague, listeria, trichinosis, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, typhus, Weil's disease and tularemia. Among the things that will certainly attract mice and rats to your home or garden are:

  • CLUTTER - General clutter in an outbuilding, cellar or loft will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there's a food source close by.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly pet waste and even heaps of compost can be attractive to mice and rats - they'll find some tasty titbits hidden in there!
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is one of the primary attractions for rats and mice.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of junk and garden rubbish stacked up on your property (especially in the garden) will surely attract rodents.
  • WATER - Rats and mice have to drink, which means that water sources like pet water bowls, seeping sprinkler systems, birdbaths and leaky pipes are a big temptation for these pests.
  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and holes, so watch out for gaps around piping, crawl spaces, doorways and roof vents.
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Having a problem with rats in Southwater is a situation that most of us dread, and when this happens to you, you may have the urge to try to solve it on your own. There are loads of products that are currently available to help you achieve this and you'll buy rat traps, rat poisons and other similar products in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Southwater. However, unless you're aware of precisely what you are doing, it is possibly better to seek the services of a professional rat exterminator, who will have handled this issue hundreds if not thousands of times before, and will automatically know what the best solution is. Generally speaking the amateur use of rat toxins isn't really that helpful, and could even cause more problems than it solves - do you really want to take the chance of harming your pets and children? You'd be much better off enlisting the help of a professional whenever you need rat control in Southwater.

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Southwater rat catchers can normally help with rat prevention, household pest control, commercial rat control, rat deterrents, dead bird removal Southwater, commercial pest control, ant control, rodent control, wasp nest removal Southwater, insect heat treatments, dead animal removal, rat extermination Southwater, residential pest control Southwater, cockroach control, rat proofing Southwater, rat infestations Southwater, electronic pest control and other pest control in Southwater, West Sussex.

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(This pest control Southwater article was created on 06-10-2022)