COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC RODENT CONTROL
Though rats and mice tend to live in rural areas at a distance from humans, these rodents can become very problematic if they enter homes or workplaces. There, they can damage buildings and stock while carrying diseases with the potential to make us very ill.
However, at Every Season Pest Control, we have various means of tackling infestations of rats and mice. We can implement rodent monitoring programs and fit CCTV systems near drains and sewers to help us identify rodents and so decide how to remove them.
How to spot signs of a rodent infestation
Here are signs to watch out for...
Holes: Rodents like to create burrows. To do that, they can chew through wood and concrete and so leave holes that look too deep to have been caused by weathering.
Scratching noises: A rodent can make an audible chattering noise by grinding teeth together and so showing both stress and relaxation. These animals can also be prone to squeaking and hissing.
Chewed surfaces: Chewing a surface is one way that a rodent might create its own path to where you store food. A rat might leave bite marks as it journeys through your fridge.
Droppings: Typically, rodents nightly produce roughly 40 to 50 pellets which you could find concentrated in small or large groups in specific parts of your building.
Did you know?
- Rodents comprise roughly 40% of all mammal species.
- Though many species of rodent are not commonly classed as major pests, three exceptions to this rule include the brown rat, black rat and house mouse.
- As members of the order Rodentia, rodents share a common ancestor with rabbits and hares, which are said to belong to the order Lagomorpha.
How can I tell the difference between mice and rats?
Doing so can be tricky for various reasons. For example, you might notice some of the tell-tale signs that rodents have been scurrying around your building, but have yet to see the pests in the flesh. Therefore, you might struggle to detect whether mice or rats are causing the problem.
How do mice and rats differ in appearance?
Fortunately, if you do spot the nuisance rodents, their size could be a major giveaway of whether they are mice or rats. While mice - including their tails - measure only roughly 7-and-a-half inches in length, rats can be much longer, potentially reaching 18 inches.
Can I differentiate mice and rats by looking at their droppings?
Yes, you can. Mouse faeces are approximately an eighth- to a quarter-inch long, smoothly shaped and pointed at the ends. Meanwhile, rat faeces are roughly three-eighths of an inch in length and an eighth of an inch in diameter, with ends that are blunt and rounded.
How can I tell that an infestation is active?
Even after rodents have been cleared from your property, they could still return. Watch out for droppings which, if dark and moist, are new. On the other hand, if the droppings are grey and dried-out, these will be old deposits possibly left over from an infestation that has since been rectified.