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Stranraer Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Stranraer Rat Catchers (DG9): Even though it is not so commonplace these days, spotting a rat in your garden or home in Stranraer is not really a nice thing to experience. One single sighting of a rat might not be too much of a problem, nevertheless, if you see the presence of rats more often or see several rats you may be in for trouble as they tend to reproduce so quickly.

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There are actually two types of rat that you may spot in Stranraer, black rats and brown (common) rats. It's quite unlikely that you will ever see a black rat, and if you have seen a rat just recently it's likely to have been the more common brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (ship rats) were common at one time and were blamed for the Great Plague, they're quite scarce nowadays, although where they are found they've got an acute sense of hearing, are exceptional climbers, and can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats every 12 months.

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The longest and heaviest of the two rat species is the brown rat at approximately 9 inches, while the black rat only grows to between 5" and 7". To wear down their constantly growing teeth, common brown rats have to keep on gnawing at stuff, and that's why they're the cause of so much damage and destruction. They particularly like to gnaw at wood.

Rats may cause numerous problems in businesses and homes around Stranraer and they spread diseases, gnaw their way through wires, insulation, pipes and woodwork, leave behind droppings, and are generally problematic. The local authorities must be advised whenever rats are spotted. Or perhaps head HERE to report sightings of rats and pests on the .gov website.

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You won't actually need to witness rats to know of that they're there, because there are a few signs that can betray their activity. It is possible you might find droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you could come across distinctive rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirting boards, you could find a rat's nest hidden away somewhere or you might hear noises coming from a floor, wall or loft.

If you're going to have this situation managed properly you'll want to call in a specialist. You could either speak to your local council or bring in an expert Stranraer pest controller or rat catcher yourself. Long ago, rat catchers were precisely that, but nowadays they tend to be called pest control experts and will not just be capable of helping you tackle rat problems but also moles, cockroaches, ants, wasps, mice and many more. (Tags: Pest Control Stranraer, Ratcatchers Stranraer )

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Pest control and rat catching can be undertaken in Stranraer and also nearby in: Genoch, Castle Kennedy, Whiteleys, Lochans, Portpatrick, Cairnryan, Innermessan, Glenluce, Soleburn, Leswalt, Kildrochet, Kirkcolm, Dunragit, and in these postcodes DG9 0JE, DG9 7HA, DG9 0EG, DG9 7BU, DG9 7EN, DG9 0EQ, DG9 7HG, DG9 7DD, DG9 0BW, and DG9 0BB. Local Stranraer rat catchers will probably have the telephone code Dialling code 01776 and the postcode DG9.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although, in the UK, rat bites are not all that common, they do occur every now and again, and the implications can be serious in some circumstances. If you stumble upon a rat in a confined area, it could attack and bite you if it feels threatened or cornered, so leave the creature a clear exit route and try to avoid it.

Rat bites sometimes occur in houses where rats are kept as pets, and shoving your hand inside a rat's cage is certainly something to be wary of. Rat bites aren't necessarily serious, but should be avoided wherever possible, and they can turn nasty or even fatal if they develop into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis). If it isn't treated quickly "rat bite fever" (RBF) can lead to death in 10% of cases.

Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - A number of symptoms and signs can be suffered by someone with "rat bite fever" including things like:

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

In the unlikely event that you ever get a rat bite, you'll need to carefully bathe the wounded area, put on a layer of antibiotic cream, and cover it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. You need to book an appointment to see your GP, or go to the nearest hospital A&E unit, even if you think it isn't that serious. If you have not been vaccinated against tetanus in the last five years or so, you should also get one of these.

Problems With Moles

A number of Stranraer rat catchers may also help with moles (the furry kind!). Moles can cause issues in different ways to rats and are not disliked anywhere near as much. The chief trouble with moles is that they'll do damage to your garden, particularly your lawn. Beautifully trimmed lawns laden with ugly piles of newly dug soil are a sure sign of mole activity. Using traps is by far the most humane and favourable method to get rid of moles.

Rat Prevention Stranraer

An effective way to stop problems with rats and mice is to discourage them from the beginning. For this reason, even if you don't currently have a rat problem, rat prevention ought to be on top of your priority list. Household rubbish laying around the garden is among the primary factors behind rat infestations. You will do nothing but encourage them if you provide them with both the materials and place to build a nest. When there's also enough food available those rats think they're in paradise, so keep in mind that many bird feeders often attract rats, especially when they're liable to spilling over, and domestic household food waste should never be left lying around.

Kinds of Rat

There are actually two species of rat that it's possible to come across in Stranraer, Scotland or anywhere else in the United Kingdom for that matter. These are the Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

In Stranraer, the rest of the UK and Continental Europe the most widespread species of rat is the brown rat (street rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or common rat), this is what you are likely to discover in your garden or property. This brown or grey coloured rat attains lengths of 4 to 9 inches (plus tail) and weight around 140-500g. While once thought to have originated from Norway, this rat is now understood to have first come from China/Central Asia. Brown rats climb effectively and burrow extensively, they have excellent hearing but poor eyesight, the female rats can give birth to 5 litters each year, they will eat just about any foodstuffs (omnivores) but prefer cereals and grains.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

Also not a native species of the United Kingdom, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), ship rat or roof rat first arrived in Europe from India. Possibly traveling in spice shipments at the height of the Roman Empire, the black rat subsequently spread through Continental Europe. Fairly rare now in the British Isles, this rat was pretty much ousted by the larger brown (common) rat. Reaching a length of 5" to 7", this rat weighs around 75-230 grammes. Known to pass on salmonella, trichinosis, bubonic plague, Weil's disease, tularemia, rat bite fever, toxoplasmosis, listeria and typhus, black rats are notorious spreaders of disease and pathogens.

Mouse Problems Stranraer

While not as traumatic as discovering rats scuttling around house or garden, mice could be equally as much of a concern. Mice, just like rats, breed quickly, gnaw at stuff, contaminate foodstuffs and leave droppings. The resolution to mouse infestations in Stranraer are quite similar to those used for rats ie trapping and poisoning. Stranraer rat catchers will also help you with mouse infestations, so contact one or pay a visit to BARK to get the issue sorted.


If you have rats running around your garden, the chances are that there'll be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to dig and burrow and they often do this at the side of solid structures and objects like garages, pathways, patios and shed bases. These are the places to check if you think there are rats nesting there. They excavate substantial networks of burrows which provide them with a nesting place, food storage and shelter. Keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides, that have been polished by the endless motion of these busy animals. The entrance holes to rat burrows are generally 2-4 inches across. A smart way to learn if rats still live in the burrow is to throw a bit of rubbish into the entrance and see whether it's been cleared away the following day.

General Pest Control in Stranraer

To maintain a pest-free environment and safeguard property and health, pest control is important. In the process, one must manage and prevent common pests such as cockroaches, flies, ants, spiders and rats. Pest control measures that are proven to help include routine inspections, sealing potential entry points, proper waste management, maintaining cleanliness, and making use of insecticides or traps when required. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques give precedence to sustainable and eco-friendly approaches, with the goal of minimising chemical usage. The implementation of comprehensive pest control practices empowers individuals in Stranraer to establish a living or working environment that is healthier and safer for themselves and those around them. These strategies not only address existing pest problems but also provide a proactive defense against future infestations, ensuring pest-free surroundings in the long term. (66625 - General Pest Control Stranraer)


Homeowners with a rat problem in Stranraer are sometimes tempted to have a shot at resolving it themselves. Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation, what should you do? Rat poisons, rat traps and other merchandise is readily accessible in supermarkets, hardware stores and shops in the Stranraer area, so the things that you need can easily be bought.

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A specialist rat exterminator in Stranraer is however the preferred person for the job, since ridding yourself of rats isn't necessarily as easy as you may think.

The newcomer's use of rat toxins is likely to cause more problems than it solves, since you've got to be exceptionally careful with them when pets and children are about. You would be far better off enlisting the assistance of an expert whenever you need rat control in Stranraer.

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Also find: Dunragit rat catchers, Kildrochet rat catchers, Genoch rat catchers, Whiteleys rat catchers, Soleburn rat catchers, Kirkcolm rat catchers, Leswalt rat catchers, Cairnryan rat catchers, Innermessan rat catchers, Portpatrick rat catchers, Lochans rat catchers, Castle Kennedy rat catchers, Glenluce rat catchers and more. These and other towns and villages are catered for by pest control specialists and related experts. Their extensive expertise and knowledge enable these professional pest controllers to efficiently and effectively tackle your rodent issue. These professional pest controllers are equipped with both the equipment and skills needed to effectively and swiftly tackle any issue, from a solitary rat to a full-blown infestation. By clicking here, local residents can obtain pest control quotations. Got an issue with rats? Don't delay - get a quote today!

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Stranraer rat catchers can usually help you with wasp pest control in Stranraer, rat proofing in Stranraer, pest netting, bird pest control, pest removal, garden pest control in Stranraer, bed bug control, thermal imaging surveys, pigeon pest control, dead bird removal, the removal of contaminated loft insulation, fox pest control, bed bug heat treatments, rat prevention, ultrasonic pest control, commercial rat control Stranraer, wasp nest removal, anti-bird spike installation in Stranraer, professional control of pests, electronic pest control, restaurant pest control, rat deterrents, bird dropping removal, bird proofing services, 24 hour emergency pest control, dead animal removal, rat removal, powder treatments (for wasps nest), mole catching, rat infestations and other pest control in Stranraer. These are just a small portion of the duties that are handled by people specialising in pest control. Stranraer specialists will inform you of their whole range of services.

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