Pest Control Totnes

Totnes Rat Catchers and Pest Experts

Totnes Rat Catchers (TQ9): Spotting rats in your garden or home tends to be rather an alarming experience although it's not so common an occurrence in Totnes in recent times, its certainly something that does happen. Rats breed rather quickly and can cause problems, particularly when they're present in numbers. Just one incidence of a lone rat may not be that much of a problem, but if you happen to be observing them frequently you ought to seek help.

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If you do happen to see rats in Totnes, the chances are that they're going to be common brown rats, although there are actually 2 sorts of rats currently living in the British Isles; brown (or common rats) and black (or ship rats). As you may perhaps know ship rats were blamed for the Great Plague (17th C) during which period they were fairly common. Black rats are quite rare now but in fact neither variety is a native of Great Britain, both of them arriving from Asia.

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The black rat at 5-7 inches long, is a little smaller than the common brown rat, which attains lengths of up to about nine inches and weighs in at about half a kilogram. To wear down their continuously growing incisors, brown rats must keep on chewing things, which is why they're responsible for so much damage. They especially love to gnaw at timber.

Rat infestations will cause a lot of problems for business and home owners throughout Totnes, they will leave droppings, gnaw through pipes, insulation, wires and woodwork, spread diseases, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Home owners should always report rat sightings to the local authorities. Or even head HERE to report pest problems and rat sightings on the .gov website.

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You'll sometimes notice the presence of rats not actually by physically seeing them, but by them announcing their presence by other means. It is possible you might hear noises coming from a floor, loft or wall, you could detect droppings on the floor or in cupboards, you might observe distinctive rat holes gnawed in floorboards or skirtings or you could uncover a rat's nest hidden away.

To address this problem there are two or three routes that you could consider. You could put down poison or traps yourself, you can hire the services of a rat removal specialist or you can get in touch with the local Totnes authorities. These days rat catchers normally come under the category of pest control, and pest elimination experts do not only control rats but additionally bedbugs, wasps, fleas, moles, mice, cockroaches and all kinds of garden and household pests. (Tags: Rat Catchers Totnes, Pest Control Totnes )

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Rat catching and pest control can be carried out in Totnes and also in: Buckfastleigh, Stoke Gabriel, Marldon, Cott, Ashprington, Staverton, Diptford, Shinners Bridge, Harbertonford, Dartington, Littlehempston, Riverford Bridge, Berry Pomeroy, Harberton, and in these postcodes TQ9 5GP, TQ9 5BD, TQ9 5JL, TQ9 5GG, TQ9 5EG, TQ9 5ER, TQ9 5HF, TQ9 5DD, TQ9 5NQ, TQ9 5EE. Local Totnes pest controllers will most likely have the phone code 01803 and the postcode TQ9. Checking this out will ensure that you're accessing local pest control. Totnes home and business owners are able to benefit from these and numerous other similar services.

Rat Traps

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Whether you're planning to handle the rat problem yourself or if you're bringing in professionals, one of the ways to accomplish this is by using rat traps. You can get various sorts of rat trap these days, some which actually kill rats and others that imprison rats for release later. If you're opposed to the harming of animals, perhaps the capture style trap are your perfect solution. The available styles of rat traps include the likes of: cage traps, enclosed poison traps, electronic rat traps and spring loaded bait traps.

Spotting Rats

When you have an inkling that you could have rats in your home or business, there are various ways that it's possible to find out. You can keep an eye out for faeces (droppings), they're dark brown and look like large grains of rice, be on the lookout for tunnels or burrows near to solid surfaces, listen for scratching noises emanating from rooves and walls, particularly at night, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, cables and wood, particularly in attics, watch out for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, hunt for footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas.


Digging and burrowing is something that all rats love to do and its beside solid structures and objects like walkways, terraces, garages and garden sheds that they mainly prefer to dig. Providing them with nesting, food storage and shelter, rat burrows are excavated into substantial systems which could even cause damage to buildings if allowed to continue. The entrances to burrows are usually worn smooth by continuous ins and outs, so watch out for holes with smooth sides next to and under solid surfaces. The burrow entrances are normally 2-4 inches in diameter. You can find out if rats are about by temporarily blocking up the entrance to determine if they come back and clear it.

Species of Rat

There are 2 species of rat which you could encounter in Totnes, Devon or any place else in the British Isles for that matter. The Black Rat and the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)

The most widespread rat present in the UK, and in fact the rest of Europe, is the brown rat (common rat, sewer rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or street rat). This grey or brown coloured rat grows to lengths of 4" to 9" (plus tail) and weighs in at 140 to 500g. Nowadays known to have originally come from Central Asia, it was once presumed to have spread from Norway. Brown rats climb well and burrow a lot, they have an acute sense of hearing but poor eyesight, the female rats can give birth to five litters each year, they will feed on pretty much anything (they are omniverous) but favour grain cereals.

The Black Rat (Ship Rat)

The black rat, ship rat or roof rat is also not native to Britain, originally coming from India and Southeast Asia. Understood to have spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat quite possibly reached Continental Europe and the United Kingdom in spice shipments. Pretty rare now in Britain, the black rat was largely ousted by the larger brown (common) rat. Weighing in at just 75g to 230g, the black rat reaches a length of five to seven inches. Known to pass on salmonella, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, typhus, trichinosis, Weil's disease, listeria, bubonic plague and rat bite fever, black rats are prolific spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Rat Bite Wounds

Although they're not one of the most commonplace injuries sustained by humans in the UK, every now and again rat bites certainly do occur, and the implications can sometimes be serious. If you encounter a rat in a confined space, it could attack and bite you if it is pressured or cornered, so leave it a clear exit route and try to avoid it.

You would think that people would be wary of placing their hand in a rat's cage, yet as rats are often kept as pets, this is a rising cause of rat bites. Rat bites can turn nasty or even life threatening if they turn into "rat bite fever" (caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis), so they must be avoided if possible, although of of course they are not always serious. If left without treatment "rat bite fever" can lead to death in 10% of cases.

Signs of Rat Bite Fever (RBF) - "Rat bite fever" can have a number of signs and symptoms, including:

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

In the unlikely event that you are ever bitten by a rat, you'll have to bathe the wound, administer a coating of antibiotic cream, and wrap it with a clean, sterile plaster or bandage. You must book an appointment to see your GP, or go to the nearest hospital A&E unit, even if you feel it isn't that major. If you haven't been vaccinated against tetanus in the last five years, you should also ask for of these.

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Dissuading rodents before they even appear is definitely an effective way to avoid having problems with them. For this reason, even when you don't actually have a rat problem, deterring rats and mice must be extremely high on your priority list. Domestic rubbish laying around your garden is one of the major reasons behind rat and mouse infestations. Supplying them with both the location and materials for a nest will achieve little but encourage them. Also, you should refrain from giving them easy foodstuffs by leaving domestic food waste in your garden and putting bird seed feeders out with grain that is only going to encourage rats and mice. (Tags: Rat Prevention Totnes, Rat Deterrents Totnes)

What Attracts Rats and Mice?

With their fur covered bodies, pointy faces and twitching whiskers, some people may find rats and mice to be rather cute, however they're certainly not the type of animals that you want to be living in your house or garden in Totnes, and can actually be more dangerous than you may suppose. Mice and rats can cause damage to your home by nibbling through plasterboard, wood, plastic and electrical cables, and are quite often responsible for fires and other problems. Between the two rats and mice can spread more than 30 sorts of diseases including salmonella, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, typhus, trichinosis, Weil's disease, listeria, bubonic plague and rat bite fever. Among the things around your home and garden that will be attractive to mice and rats are:

  • ENTRY POINTS AND HOLES - Rats and mice can squeeze through the smallest of holes and cracks, so watch out for spaces around crawl spaces, air vents, pipes and doorways.
  • RUBBISH/TRASH - Accumulations of trash and garden rubbish stacked up on your property (particularly in the garden) will certainly attract rats and mice.
  • COMPOST/PET WASTE - Incredibly heaps of compost and even pet waste can attract mice and rats - they'll find a few tasty morsels hiding in there!
  • WATER - Busy little rodents need to drink like any other living creature, which means that water sources such as seeping sprinkler systems, pet water bowls, birdbaths and leaky pipes are a big attraction for these unwanted pests.
  • CLUTTER - General clutter in loft, gardenshed or cellar will be especially attractive to mice and rats, particularly if there is a food source nearby.
  • FOOD - Food left lying around or discarded is perhaps the main attraction for mice and rats.

In Conclusion

Having a problem with rats in Totnes is a situation that everybody dreads, and when you find yourself in this scenario, you may have the urge to try to resolve it on your own. There are loads of products available to help you to accomplish this and you'll find rat traps, rat poisons and other products in shops, supermarkets and hardware stores in the Totnes area.

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A professional rat exterminator in Totnes is however the ideal person for the job, since removing rats isn't necessarily as easy as you might suppose.

The newcomer's use of rat toxins is likely to do more harm than good, because you have to be incredibly careful with them if pets and children are running around. You would be much better off enlisting the help of a specialist when you want rat control in Totnes.

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Totnes rat catchers will likely help you with rodent control Totnes, restaurant pest control Totnes, pest removal, thermal imaging surveys for locating pests in Totnes, rat deterrents Totnes, domestic pest control in Totnes, rat infestations, bird dropping clearance, pest control, bird pest control Totnes, wildlife management, the installation of pheromone stations in Totnes, mouse control, dead bird removal, 24 hour emergency pest control, squirrel control, mice pest control, the removal of contaminated loft insulation Totnes, rat extermination, rat baits Totnes, rat removal in Totnes, wasp nest removal, pest control services, commercial rat control, pest netting, rat catching, rat pest control, electronic pest control, powder treatments (for wasps nest), rat trapping in Totnes and other pest control in Totnes, Devon. These are just a few of the duties that are handled by those specialising in pest control. Totnes companies will be happy to inform you of their entire range of services.

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Rat Control Around Totnes: Property owners living in the following streets and areas have just recently inquired about rat control services - Smithfields, Westward Close, Riverside, Blueball Hill, Fore Street, The Lamb, Bridgetown Court, Cross Park, Higher Westonfields, Denys Road, Sparrow Road, Collapark, Seymour Place, Brooklands, Quarry Close, Mill Tail, Wills Road, Borough Park Road, Mill Lane, Guildhall Yard, Jackman's Lane, Priory Hill, Woodbrook Road, Weston Road, Plantation Way, The Copse, The Bridle Path, as well as the following local Totnes postcodes: TQ9 5GP, TQ9 5BD, TQ9 5JL, TQ9 5GG, TQ9 5EG, TQ9 5ER, TQ9 5HF, TQ9 5DD, TQ9 5NQ, TQ9 5EE. Work was performed in these areas by specialists in pest control. Totnes home and property owners benefited from dependable and professional pest control services on each occasion.

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(This pest control Totnes article was compiled on 06-10-2022)