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Daily Duties Of A London Rat Catcher

Mention the phrase, “rat catcher London” and the first thing which springs to mind is a kind of Dickensian figure. Someone marching around the city with a large club, which they use to kill rats – accompanied by a terrier dog or a cat. But rat control has moved on a lot since the days of Black Jack the famous London rat catcher. Real-world rodent specialists are actually a lot different. Instead, they use a number of advanced techniques and methods to eliminate rodents.

Rat catcher London: daily routine and more

Your average rat catcher London based or otherwise will usually have a daily routine. This includes many activities. These technicians often have contracts with a number of businesses. In this case they will periodically check into these businesses and engage in pest control maintenance. This forms the bulk of their daily routine.

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When performing this duty they will start by inspecting the property. They do this in order to check for signs of rats and ascertain if rodents are present. Some of these signs include rat droppings, gnaw marks, and also faeces and urine. Something else that the technician will look for are nests. If nests are seen, then there are clearly rats on the property.

How London pest controllers exterminate rats

Once the technician confirms that rats are present, it’s time for the technicians to put their rat control service procedures in place, starting with laying of traps. There are a wide variety of traps which are used. These include the traditional spring trap but there are also glue traps and cage traps. Some of these are more effective than others. The type of trap which is implemented will usually depend on the severity of the infestation. It will also depend on the unique situation the technician finds themselves in. The traps used in a warehouse will be different to those used in a small shop.

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The most popular form of trap is what is known as a bait station. This is essentially a stationary trap into which pest controllers place a type of bait. This bait attracts the rats and kills them. Have you ever seen those black plastic boxes that are placed along the sides of buildings? You know what I’m talking about don’t you? They usually have a hole on one side. If you have, well those are bait stations.

The rats scurry along the sides of buildings and end up running directly into the trap. Once this happens they eat the bait and die. These bait stations are also impossible to escape. This means that even if the poison doesn’t kill the rat it will become trapped inside and eventually die.

One of the biggest advantages of these stations is that they are tamper proof. This means they do not pose a risk to children or animals. These traps are also suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

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Finally, it comes time to empty the traps. To the rat catcher London rats are dirty creatures and carry disease. For this reason, they will wear personal protective equipment and avoid coming into direct contact with these creatures. London sewer rats and roof rats can carry diseases. And in case you were wondering, pest control experts have ways for properly disposing of dead pests. We do not simply throw them into the rubbish!