As the weather begins to change, the damp and colder conditions will start to encourage mice and rats to find their way indoors. This can turn into a big problem, as these pests tend to breed very quickly and become an invasion of your home, stable or business premises.
These annoying pests can bring disease and damage, so it is best to try and prevent them from the outset rather than deal with the issue after it has escalated. We have out together some easy to follow tips that can help you to put a stop to this rodent problem.
Seal up your home - check the exterior walls, doors and vents and make sure there are no visible holes. A mouse can fit through the tiniest gap, so look carefully.
Keep attics well ventilated - this is often a preferred breeding ground due to the warm and sometimes damp conditions.
Cut back overhanging trees from around your outside walls, as rodents can climb and swing through open windows using their tales.
Don’t leave any rubbish, food waste or clutter outside your home, as this will encourage foragers who will eventually make their way inside.
Remove any food packages from the floors of your home to avoid easy access. Make sure that you store food inside airtight containers.
Fix any leaking pipes inside and out. This can lead to excessive moisture which makes a great breeding ground for rodents.
Welcome a cat into your home. They will be able to catch any rodents that have already taken up residence and act as a deterrent to any further ones.
Use mint and peppermint oil as a deterrent, rodents do not like the smell and will try to avoid it.
Invest in pest control to be prepared for any infestation. There are many ways that you can deal with the problem, such as humane traps or bait blocks.