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Taunton Rat Catchers (TA1): Spotting rats in your home or garden tends to be quite a horrifying experience and whilst it's not such a regular occurrence in Taunton nowadays, its certainly something that happens. Rats tend to breed very quickly and are likely to cause problems, particularly when they're seen in numbers. An individual sighting of a lone rat might not be all that much of a worry, but if you're observing them on a regular basis you must seek help.

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There are 2 types of rat which you may run into in Taunton, black rats and brown (or common) rats. It is pretty unlikely that you will ever come across a black rat, and if you've stumbled upon a rat recently chances are it will have been the more widespread brown rat (Rattus Norvegicus). Black rats (or ship rats) were once common and were blamed for the Great Plague during the 17th Century, they are fairly rare now, though where they do exist they have good hearing, are exceptional climbers, and can produce between 20 and 100 baby rats every twelve months.

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The largest of the 2 rats is the brown rat at about nine inches, whilst the black rat only measures 5 to 7 inches. To wear down their constantly growing incisor teetn, brown rats must keep on gnawing at stuff, which is the reason they are the cause of so much damage and destruction. Their attention is frequently targeting things made out of timber.

Rats leave behind droppings, transmit diseases, gnaw through woodwork, wires, insulation and pipes, and generally cause problems in businesses and homes throughout Taunton. The local council really should be informed whenever rats are observed. Or even go HERE to report pest and rat sightings on the .gov website.

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It is not only by sight that you will become aware of the presence of rats, their behaviour is often enough to enlighten you. It could be that you might hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you might find droppings on floor surfaces or in cupboards, you may spot holes chewed into skirting boards or floorboards or you could find a rat's nest in some out of the way location.

To manage this problem there are several strategies that you could take. You could put poison or traps down yourself, you could locate a pest removal specialist or you can contact the local Taunton authority or council. In these modern times rat catchers generally come under the umbrella category of pest control, and pest elimination experts not only control rats but also fleas, bedbugs, moles, wasps, mice, cockroaches and many more types of domestic and garden pests. (Tags: Rat Catcher Taunton, Pest Control Taunton )

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Kinds of Rat

There are actually two species of rat that you're likely to run into in Taunton or any place else in Britain for that matter. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

In Taunton, the remainder of Great Britain and Europe the most common species of rat is the brown rat (Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), street rat, common rat or sewer rat), this is what you will sometimes see in your garden or house. This grey or brown coloured rat grows to lengths of four to nine inches (plus the tail) and weight approximately 140 - 500 grammes. Although once believed to have spread from Norway, it's now understood to have initially come from China or at least Central Asia. Brown rats dig extensively and climb effectively, they have bad eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, the females can produce up to five litters every year, they'll feed on just about anything (they are omnivores) but prefer cereals and grains.

The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)

Also not a native species of Britain, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat initially arrived in Europe from India. Thought to have spread at the time of the Roman Empire, this rat most likely reached Europe and Great Britain in spice shipments. Pretty uncommon now in Great Britain, the black rat was largely driven out by the larger brown (common) rat. Weighing in at just 75 to 230 grams, the black rat grows to a length of 5" to 7". Black rats have a reputation for spreading a variety of diseases, notably bubonic plague, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, typhus, Weil's disease, salmonella, listeria, trichinosis and rat bite fever.

Have You Got Rats?

When you've got an inkling you might have rats in your property or business, there are a few means by which you can find out. You could check for gnaw marks in cables, wood and wires, especially in lofts, listen closely for scratching noises coming from walls and roofs, particularly during the night, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on walls and skirtings, hunt for signs of footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, keep your eyes open for rat droppings, they are darkish brown and look similar to large grains of rice, look out for holes or burrows close to solid surfaces.


If you have rats appearing in the garden, the probability is that there'll be a burrow. Rats love to dig burrows and they frequently dig them beside solid objects or structures such as paths, patios, garages and shed bases. These are the best spots to check out if you believe you have rats nesting there. Providing shelter, food storage and a nesting place, burrows are dug into substantial networks that could even cause damage if something isn't done. Keep an eye out for holes having smooth edges, which have been polished by the frequent comings and goings of these busy pests. When you discover holes but aren't certain that they're made by rats, they'll typically be approximately two to four inches across. A good way to learn if rats are nesting in that specific burrow is to chuck some debris into the entrance and see if it's been cleared the following day.

What Attracts Mice and Rats?

Regardless of their seemingly cute look, with their twitching whiskers, pointy faces and furry bodies, rats and mice can be dangerous and are not animals that you want to be living in your house or garden in Taunton. Rats and mice are known to cause fires and other issues around the home by nibbling through floorboards, electric wires, insulation materials and plastic. Between them mice and rats can spread over 30 forms of diseases including bubonic plague, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, typhus, Weil's disease, salmonella, listeria, trichinosis and rat bite fever. Among the things that will definitely attract mice and rats to your garden and home are:

  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for rats and mice.
  • WATER - Busy mice and rats have to drink like any other living creature, so water sources like leaky pipes, dripping sprinkler systems, birdbaths and pet bowls are a big attraction for these unwanted pests.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly piles of compost and even pet waste can be attractive to mice and rats - there will be a few tasty titbits hidden in there!
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - An accumulation of trash and garden rubbish piled up on your property (particularly in the garden) will definitely attract mice and rats.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter and jumble in a shed, loft or cellar will be especially attractive to mice and rats, especially if there is a source of food nearby.
  • HOLES AND ENTRY POINTS - Rats and mice can crawl through the smallest of cracks and holes, so look out for gaps around plumbing, doorways, crawl spaces and grills.

Not surprisingly rats are not only a problem in Taunton itself, they are just as likely to show up in Staplegrove, Lambrook, Monkton Heathfield, Trull, Bishops Hull, Priorswood, Holway, Henlade, Creech St Michael, Bradford-on-Tone, Galmington, Obridge, Bathpool, Ruishton, Norton Fitzwarren and other places in and around Somerset.

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When you've got a rat problem in Taunton you might possibly try to resolve it yourself - and naturally plenty of homeowners in Taunton do choose that course of action. By looking around shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Taunton, it's relatively easy to acquire rat traps, rat poisons and other products. Even so, unless you know precisely what you are at, it's probably better to use an expert rat exterminator, who'll have resolved this issue thousands of times before, and will know exactly what the preferred solution is. Generally the novice's use of rat poisons is simply not that beneficial, and could even do more harm than good - would you really want to risk the possibility of doing harm to your pets and children? If you know what is better for you, use an experienced rat control service in Taunton for a solution to your rat problems. (Tags: Rat Removal Taunton, Rat Control Taunton, Rat Exterminator Taunton)

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(This pest control Taunton content was generated on 13-04-2023)