In winter, mice and rats seek out dark, warm spaces with access to food and water, which is why they are often spotted in kitchens. Even a teeny tiny gap into your home is like a Welcome sign, and once they've moved in, they can be really hard to get rid of. Rodents are nocturnal, so if you see one during the day it can mean you've got an infestation and need professional help.
The best course of action is to control any mice and rats in the early stages. Once they've settled in and start breeding, females can have five litters a year with an average of six to eight pups per litter and that's a big family!
Here are 4 things you can do:
- Check your home's exterior for any holes
- Trim away branches from your roof to prevent roof access
- Make sure weather stripping and door seals are intact
- Remove all food sources by keeping everything in sealed containers
Signs that you already have uninvited rodent guests include:
- Scratching noises coming from the roof or dark, enclosed spaces
- Mouse & rat droppings
- Chewed items such as paper or packets in your store cupboard
There are many variations of rodent baits on the market, so you can try a DIY solution. If this doesn't work, your local pest control expert can provide a baiting program specific to your home.