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Tonbridge Rat Catchers (TN9): Finding a rat in your house or garden can be rather a horrifying experience even though its not so frequent an occurrence in Tonbridge in recent times, its definitely something that happens. Rats breed very quickly and will likely cause problems, particularly when they're seen in numbers. An individual sighting of a lone rat probably won't be that much of an issue, but if you're seeing them regularly it is best to do something.

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If you happen to see rats in Tonbridge, the likelihood is that they will be common brown rats, even though there are actually 2 types of rat at present living in Great Britain; black (ship) rats and brown (common) rats. As you could be aware ship rats were the cause of the Great Plague (17th C) at which time they were extremely widespread. Black rats are relatively scarce nowadays and in fact neither species is native to the United Kingdom, both coming from Asia.

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The black rat (Rattus Rattus) at 5-7 inches long, is a bit smaller than the brown rat, which grows to a length of up to about 9" and weighs close to 500g. To stop their teeth from growing too long, common brown rats have to keep chewing things, and that's why they cause so much damage and destruction. Their gnawing is frequently targeting things made out of wood.

Rats spread disease, leave droppings, gnaw through insulation, woodwork, pipes and wires, and are generally troublesome in homes and business premises throughout Tonbridge. The local council really should be informed when there are any incidences of rats. Or perhaps post a report recording pest and rat sightings on the .gov website HERE, to be passed onto the relevant local authority.

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You'll from time to time notice the presence of rats not by in fact seeing them, but by them announcing their presence by other means. It's possible you may come across rat holes chewed into floorboards or skirtings, you might detect droppings in cupboards or on floor surfaces, you might come across a rat's nest in some out of the way location or you may hear scratching coming from a floor, loft or wall.

To remedy this situation there are several approaches that you could take. You could put traps or poison down yourself, you could look for a rat removal specialist or you can get in touch with your local Tonbridge council. In the old days, rat catchers used to be simply that, but presently they are typically labeled pest controllers and will not just be able to help you tackle getting rid of rats but also eliminating ants, mice, cockroaches, wasps, moles and much more.

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Kinds of Rat

In Tonbridge or anywhere in the United Kingdom, there's just 2 types of rat which you're likely to come across. The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus).

The Brown Rat:

The brown rat (sewer rat, common rat, street rat or Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)) is the most frequently seen rat in the United Kingdom and across Continental Europe (also North America). This grey or brown coloured rat attains lengths of 4-9" (plus tail) and weights 140 - 500 grammes. Nowadays known to have originally come from Central Asia (probably China), it was once presumed to have spread from Norway (hence its name). Brown rats are omniverous (consume any foodstuffs) though they favour cereals and grains, they have excellent hearing but bad eyesight, the females reach sexual maturity in about 5 weeks and often give birth to 5 litters every year (with as many as 14 kittens in each), they climb effectively and dig extensive burrows.

The Black Rat:

Originating in India the black rat, ship rat or roof rat (Rattus Rattus) is also not native to the United Kingdom or Europe. Believed to have been spread during the Roman Empire, this rat possibly reached Continental Europe and Great Britain in shipments of spice. The black rat was once a common sight in Britain however was essentially driven out by the more dominant brown rat and is now not often found. This rat reaches a length of five to seven inches and weighs around 75-230g. Black rats are notorious for spreading various diseases, particularly rat bite fever, Weil's disease, bubonic plague, tularemia, trichinosis, salmonella, typhus, toxoplasmosis and listeria.

Do You Have Rats?: There are several ways by which you can find out when you've got rats. If you have an inkling that there might be rats in your home or business you should search for footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas, watch out for rub marks where their greasy fur leaves marks on skirting boards and walls, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, especially in attics, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from attics and walls, particularly during the night, keep your eyes open for rat droppings, they are dark brown and look much like large grains of rice, be on the lookout for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid objects.

Rat Burrows: The one thing that rats like to do is burrow, and their favoured location to do it is near to solid objects or structures such as pathways, patios, shed bases and garage foundations. Useful for a nesting place, shelter and food storage, rat burrows are excavated into extensive networks that may even cause damage if allowed to continue unchecked. Keep an eye out for holes with smooth sides, that have been rubbed by the continual motion of these busy pests. Should you spot holes but aren't sure if they are rats, they'll commonly be about 2-4 inches across. Toss some stuff into the hole and check back the following day to see if it's been shifted. This will show if the rats are still in situ.

Reporting Rats and Pests: The following is more detail on a subject we highlighted earlier. The local authorities is where you should send a report should you witness rats in your own garden, in a neighbours garden or in a public place. Occasionally local authorities provide a free service for sorting out rats but payment is ordinarily needed for many other unwelcome pests for instance cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs. You can check out the .gov webpage HERE to report rat infestations. You can obviously organize your local rat catcher to come and deal with the situation by clicking HERE.

Obviously mice and rats aren't only an issue in Tonbridge itself, you may also find them in Barden Park, Hildenborough, Parkers Green, Southborough, Upper Haysden, Hilden Park, Higham Wood, Penshurst, Five Oak Green, Tudeley, Bidborough, Hadlow, Leigh, East Peckham, Speldhurst and various other areas close by.

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When you have a problem with rats in Tonbridge you may be tempted to try to solve it yourself - and of course a lot of home and business owners in Tonbridge do just that. By looking in shops, hardware stores and supermarkets in and around Tonbridge, it's easy to buy rat traps, rat poisons and other solutions. An experienced rat exterminator in Tonbridge is however the ideal person for the job, since removing rats isn't always as straightforward as you might imagine. The novice's use of rat poison will likely cause more problems than it solves, since you must be incredibly careful with them if pets and children are likely to be contact with them. If you know what's best for you, always use a specialist rat control service in Tonbridge for a solution to your rat problems.

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(This pest control Tonbridge page was compiled on 06-10-2022)