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Friday, 7 February 2020

Rats & Mice in Your Home? We Can Help!

Rats & Mice in Your Home? We Can Help!

Rodents can be a problem all year round. Typically, we receive the most calls and enquiries to deal with rats and mice between the months of November – February. Both rats and mice can cause some considerable damage if left unattended, not to mention the health implications that come along with a rodent infestation due to the diseases they carry. 

Firstly, it is important to differentiate between rats and mice. Rats are typically larger than mice, in length and weight. An adult mouse is likely to have a smaller head and smaller feet than a baby rat. Rats have long, hairless tails whereas mice have shorter, more hairy tails. The colouring of both rats and mice is similar although some rats can look black in colour to the eye. 

Things to look out for
Secondly, it is important to look for sure signs that you may have a rodent problem. These can include but are not limited to;

·      Hearing noises?
o   Rats and mice will rip up materials like insulation and cardboard to make nests. Mice in particular are very curious so will venture throughout your home to find food and new nesting spots so you may hear them in the wall cavities, under floorboards or even in the loft. Both rats and mice will scratch and gnaw too which can be noisy!
·      Droppings?
o   Droppings are a sure sign that you have an infestation. Rat droppings are typically constrained to one particular location-once they have made a nest and have made themselves at home, they very rarely look to move to a different location. Mice however, as mentioned above, like to roam and find new locations to nest and feed, so their droppings are more likely to be spread out in many different locations. 
·      Gnaw marks?
o   In order to enter your home, rats and mice are able to gnaw their way through a multitude of materials to gain access. Brick, metal, wood, plastic…they are able to get through pretty much anything. 

How to stop them entering your home

Proofing against rats and mice is very important, we are pretty sure you would rather make your house rodent proof than have to deal with an actual infestation. Here are some tips about what you can do;

·      Regularly check the outside of your home for any holes or potential entry points around waste pipes or vents etc. If there is a gap larger than half an inch, then it is highly recommended to block these to deter mice from entering (they are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps).
·      Check the roof for loose tiles.
·      Check seals around windows and doors, any holes should be filled.
·      Make sure to keep your garden well maintained, even during the winter months as overgrown shrubs and grass can offer shelter to rats and mice. Also, it is important to keep trees and bushes trimmed and away from windows and doors, as they can act as a steppingstone, so to speak, for rats and mice to climb and gain access to your property. 
·      Remove any pet food from the floor once your pet has finished as the smell will attract rats and mice.
·      Be sure to place all food waste in a bin with a tight lid away from any doors to your house to avoid attracting rats and mice and make sure to clean it regularly. 
·      Be mindful of any ‘easy access’ points such as waste pipes attached to the side of the house and guttering as rats and mice will use these to climb.


If you think you may have a rat or mouse problem in your home, we are on hand to help! Whether you need us to deal with an infestation or if you would like to proof your home against these pests, please give us a call.