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Waltham Abbey Rat Catchers (EN9): While it's not all that common nowadays, spotting a rat in your garden or house in Waltham Abbey isn't a pleasing thing to go through. One single rat sighting shouldn't be too much of a problem, nonetheless, if you spot rats more frequently or spot more than one rat you may be in for trouble since they reproduce so rapidly.

Despite the fact that neither of the two rat species at present seen in Great Britain are native to these shores, they've unquestionably thrived since they got here. The brown rat is especially common (hence its name) whilst the ship (black) rat isn't so much nowadays. Both of these breeds fled from Asia and arrived in the United Kingdom on boats (as stowaways).

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The longest and heaviest of the 2 rats is the common brown rat at around 9", whilst the black rat (Rattus Rattus) only grows to between 5" and 7". To wear down their continuously growing teeth, common brown rats need to keep chewing stuff, which is why they cause such a lot of damage. Rats particularly prefer to gnaw on timber.

Rats transmit diseases, leave behind droppings, gnaw their way through wires, woodwork, pipes and insulation, and generally cause a nuisance in businesses and households in and around Waltham Abbey. The local council needs to be informed whenever rats are sighted. Or otherwise post a report to record pest and rat problems on the .gov website HERE, which is passed onto the relevant local authorities.

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You'll from time to time become aware of the existence of rats not in fact by physically seeing them, but by them indicating their activity by other means. It could be that you may discover droppings in cupboards or on floors, you could come across rat holes chewed into skirting boards or floorboards, you may find a rat's nest hidden away or you might hear scratching noises coming from a wall, floor or loft.

To resolve this issue there are several strategies you might take. You could set traps or poison yourself, you can employ the services of a pest removal expert or you can get in touch with the local Waltham Abbey environmental health department. There aren't too many individuals these days who specialise only in rat catching, so you can also bring them in if you've got a wasps nest in your attic or maybe moles digging up your lawn. (Tags: Rat Catcher Waltham Abbey, Pest Control Waltham Abbey )

Rat Prevention Waltham Abbey

The best way to prevent problems with rodents is not to attract them from the outset. So, deterring rats and mice should be something to look at even if you don't have problems with rats at this time. Domestic trash cluttering up the garden is accepted as one of the main causes of rat and rodent infestations. You will do nothing but encourage rats and mice if you give them both the place and materials to build nests. Also, you should avoid supplying them with easily accessible foodstuffs by leaving domestic scraps of food laying around and putting bird feeders out with grain that is only likely to encourage rats. (Tags: Rat Prevention Waltham Abbey, Rat Deterrents Waltham Abbey)

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Rat Poisons

To some, a distasteful way to eradicate rats is by using poison. Wholewheat grains are laced with a poisoned chemical and strategically left for the rats to ingest, it then takes them a few days to die. When its set in a suitable position in a rat infested area, the poison can pretty rapidly kill a large population of rats. One or more of 3 main compounds that are used in making rat poisons are: bromadioline, difenacoum or brodifacoum. Dogs, cats and other pets can also be harmed by eating these rat poisons, so take care. Rat poison brands made in the British Isles include the likes of: RatKil, Elixir Gardens, Pest Expert, Rentokil, Roshield and Propest. (Tags: Rat Poison Waltham Abbey, Rat Poisons Waltham Abbey)

Mole Problems

Whilst not such a common issue nowadays moles can also be handled by rat catchers. By no means such disliked creatures, moles cause different issues than rats. The main trouble with moles is that they'll cause damage to your garden, especially lawns. The sight of mounds of earth in the middle of a nicely clipped lawn are clear evidence of mole activity. Moles can be caught in traps and re-released elsewhere, if you favour a more humane solution. (Tags: Mole Catchers Waltham Abbey, Mole Trapping Waltham Abbey)

Species of Rat

There are actually two kinds of rat that you might run into in Waltham Abbey or any place else in Great Britain for that matter. The Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus).

The Brown Rat

The brown rat (common rat, street rat, Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) or sewer rat) is the most frequently seen rat in Great Britain and across Continental Europe (also North America). The coloration of this species varies between grey and brown, it grows to approximately 4" to 9" (and an equivalent length tail) and has a weight of between 140 and 500 grammes. This rodent was given the name Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat) since it was presumed to have arrived in the United Kingdom by ships from Norway. It is now understood to have originated in Central Asia/China. Brown rats are omniverous (eat anything) although they prefer to eat grain cereals, they've got poor eyesight but an acute sense of hearing, the female rats attain sexual maturity in five weeks and can produce five litters every year (up to 14 pups in each), they climb well and dig burrows.

The Black Rat

Also not native to the United Kingdom, the black rat, (Rattus Rattus), roof rat or ship rat first arrived in Europe from Southeast Asia (probably India). Believed to have been spread when the Roman Empire still existed, this rat most likely reached Continental Europe and Great Britain via spice shipments. Quite rare nowadays in Britain, the black rat was pretty much driven out by the more dominant brown rat. This rat reaches a length of five to seven inches and usually weighs 75 to 230 grams. Known to cause bubonic plague, toxoplasmosis, rat bite fever, typhus, trichinosis, tularemia, Weil's disease, listeria and salmonella, black rats are notorious spreaders of pathogens and disease.

Checking for Rats

There are several ways that you can tell if you've got rats. If you've got suspicions that there could be rats in your property or business you should watch for rub marks on walls and skirting boards where greasy fur has left marks, pay attention to gnaw marks in wires, wood and cables, particularly in lofts, keep your eyes open for droppings, they are darkish brown and look similar to large grains of rice, listen closely for scratching noises emanating from walls and rooves, especially at nighttime, look out for burrows or tunnels adjacent to solid surfaces, hunt for signs of footprints or tail trails on loose soil or in dusty areas.


If you have rats living in the garden, the likelihood is that there will be a burrow somewhere. Rats like to dig burrows and they frequently do this near to solid objects or structures like shed bases, patios, garages and paths. These are the best spots to look if you think you have rats about. Rats build extensive systems of burrows which are useful for nesting, food storage and shelter. A guaranteed indication of a rat burrow is a hole with smooth sides near to a solid surface, where the movement of furry bodies have polished and rubbed the entrance hole. Commonly around 2" to 4" across, entrances to rat burrows are not difficult to identify. You can check if rats are present by partially blocking up the entrance to determine if they return and clear it away.

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Having a rat problem in Waltham Abbey is something that everybody dreads, and when you find yourself in this scenario, the temptation might be to try to resolve it on your own. By looking around supermarkets, shops and hardware stores in the Waltham Abbey area, it is relatively easy to obtain rat poisons, rat traps and other solutions. Having said that, unless you're aware of what you are at, it's possibly advisable to engage an experienced rat exterminator, who'll have handled this problem hundreds of times previously, and will know automatically what the perfect solution is. The novice's use of rat poison is likely to cause more problems than it solves, seeing that you need to be exceptionally vigilant with them when pets and children are about. You would be much better off enlisting the help of a professional when you want rat control in Waltham Abbey.

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