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Rat Control - London

How to get rid of rats

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There are two species of Rat which have historically plagued Britain throughout history, namely: The Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also know as the Norway or common rat, and the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus), known as the Ship or Roof Rat, which was notoriously responsible for the Black Death across Europe in the 14th Century, and for the Great Plague of London in the 17th Century.

The Black Rat
Whilst the Black rat has largely been ousted by its larger counterpart, the Brown Rat, these rats are  usually found in seaport towns and are agile climbers, giving them the ability to enter upper floors of buildings, where they can quickly breed and multiply.

Identifying a Black Rat
Black Rats are largely small in size and measure around 12cm in length.  They can also be identified by their pointed muzzle, large almost hairless ears, long thin tail, which is longer than their body, and the footprints they leave behind in dust.

The Brown Rat
The most common Rat in Britain however, remains the Brown Rat, which is larger in size, weighing over half a kilo and measuring around 23cm excluding the tail.  These rats have blunt muzzles, small hair covered ears, and tails which are shorter than their body length.  

Brown Rat Habitat
Brown rats usually stay close to ground level, often making their homes in sewers in larger towns and cities and in fields and hedges in countryside.  They frequently burrow underground or into soft material to make a nest and are often found in refuse tips, loose soil, under sheds, in wall cavities and in earthy banks, but will make their nests in any available, well sheltered environment.  

Identifying a Brown Rat
Brown rats and black rats can be identified easily from the differences in the droppings, their footprints in dust (black rats run on their toes, whilst brown rats are flat footed), and by the presents of tail swipes.

Rats Breed Fast
Both species of rat breed extremely rapidly and become sexually active as early as three months old.  Each female rat may produce between three and twelve litters per year, each litter containing between six to eight young, and young rats start to actively seek solid food within three weeks of birth.

Rat Damage
As rats have continuously growing incisor teach, earning them their name ‘Ro - Dent’, they must constantly chew to keep these worn down.  It is this very act that leads to the major structural damage to buildings that Rats are known for.  They are specifically associated with damage to woodwork, plastic, lead pipes and electrical cables, which in turn have lead to multiply fires around the UK and the world. 

Diseases that Rats Spread
In addition to this more practical damage, rats are known for spreading many diseases, which they transport from their filthy surroundings in sewers or refuse tips.  In the UK each year, around ten people and several dogs die from weils disease, contracted from drinking or swimming in stagnant water contaminated by rat urine.  Murine typhus, rat bit fever, trichinosis and other diseases are also spread by Rats in the UK, and large amounts of foods are contaminated as rats come into contact with them, defecating and urinating as they cross.  In food preparation or manufacturing premises, the presents of rats can lead to fatal cases of food poisoning and ensure the closure of these premises by local public health and hygiene bodies.

What Rats Eat
Rats are creatures of habit and once they find a food source, they will regularly return, leaving ‘runs’ to and from the feeding areas.  Rats are a menace to poultry, eating eggs, chicks and animal feed but they will and do eat all manner of food stuffs, and on average will consume around 50g of food per day.   Being largely nocturnal creatures, this will mostly happen at night, when they often go undetected.  

They are also known for hoarding food and food which ‘goes missing’ from your kitchen, mysteriously, may well have been stolen by rats for consumption at a later date.  

Rat Control - The Rat Catchers Pest Control Services - How to get rid of Rats

Our expertly trained Rat catchers, or rat control technicians are especially talented when it comes to identifying the presence of rats and implementing effective measures to get rid of rats from your home or work environment.  They will usually be able to identify the most likely source of these vermin on their rat control visit and will offer advice on how to get rid of them in the shortest time and also proof against further rat infestation.  Once our rat control technician is aware of what is really going on with your rat problem, he/she will start a strong attack treatment, using the highest quality, licensed rat poison and other treatment measures.  In the interest of your health and safety, and that of your family and pets, our rat control technician will adopt legally guided practices, so that you or your loved ones, are never placed in a harmful situation, related to any of the products we use.  Thus ensuring that getting rid of rats from your environment, is a pain and stress free experience for you.

They will also give advice on other practical measures, such as storing food scraps outdoors, using bird tables or feeders in the garden and clearing areas which rats would find very appealing, to help eliminate the problem.

As each property is different, every RAT CONTROL TREATMENT PLAN is uniquely designed, by our technician, to get rid of rats in the most effective manner.  In addition and for your peace of mind, every treatment comes with a 30 day guarantee.

Our industry lead standard for treating a rat infestation (depending on the size of the property or land and the level of activity), is two visits seven days apart and in many cases we are able to treat your premises for rat infestation, on the same day or within 24 hours of your booking.

If you are suffering from a Rat infestation, don’t delay treatment, as the problem can grow very rapidly.  Call now and get rid of your rat pest problem now, our rat control technicians are locally based and available 7 days a week.

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