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Friday, 25 October 2019

Rats and Mice In The Garden

Rats and Mice In The Garden
As the weather begins to get colder and we are more likely to sit inside with the fire on, it is easy to forget about garden maintenance. But keeping an eye on your garden and making sure it is well maintained throughout the winter is a key component to help towards preventing rodent problems. 
At this time of year, rats and mice are looking for suitable nesting locations with a good food source. So as you can imagine, your nice warm home with cupboards full of food is a great option. Due to their inquisitive nature, mice especially will explore great distances for better nesting opportunities or better food sources. If your garden is inviting to these pests, then it will not be long before they are trying to enter your home.
There are lots of treatment, proofing and prevention options available and we can help by offering advice and working with you to find the best course of action to help keep your home rodent free. But, there are some things you can do to protect your home to help prevent the onset of a rodent infestation. The best place to start is your garden. 
Below you will find some tips on how best to keep your garden from being inviting to rats and mice:
·      Check Drains- build up in blocked drains is something that would definitely attract rats. Unlike mice, rats can usually be found near a water source as it is imperative for their survival. Make sure to have a look and remove any blockages like fallen leaves etc from your drains. 
·      Rubbish Bins- it is good practice to keep your rubbish bins away from your home where possible. It is key to make sure all food waste is disposed of in black bin liners and placed in a sturdy, sealed rubbish bin. This will help deter rats and mice as they will not be able to sniff out the food waste as easily or gain access easily. 
·      Bird Feeders- rats and mice are always on the hunt for food sources and bird feeders are an easy target. It is left unattended for long period of times and birds are likely to drop food on the ground whilst using the feeder. This is great for rodents and they will be able to climb the post to the bird table/feeder too. We suggest removing the bird feeder completely, however if that is not an option, they we suggest purchasing a feeder that does not allow excess seeds to be distributed when in use.
·      Compost Heap- if you have an open compost heap in your garden, you are most likely to attract rats and mice. The decomposing food sources will emit an odour that rats and mice will be drawn to. To have a compost heap far away from your home entrance is suggested and also to have a closed top container as this will help reduce the smell and make access harder for rodents. 
·      Clear Clutter- clutter is a great invitation to rodents. They like to build nests in quiet, secluded locations like sheds and garages whilst are typically left unattended for longer periods of time. If they are able to gain access inside, then they are pretty destructive. Rats in particular can chew through a multitude of materials from cardboard to wood and even steel. Clearing clutter from your garden gives rodents less options and opportunity to make a nest. It is good practice to also make sure trees and hedges are pruned regularly as these can offer shelter.
If you see droppings, holes in shed corners, bite marks or hear scratching or rustling then you may have a rodent problem. Please do not hesitate to give us a call, we can most certainly help by getting rid of the problem and help you with proofing strategies to help keep your home and garden rodent free!