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If you are hearing noises in the loft or walls at night, the chances are that it could be rats or mice. When you dare venture up there to take a look, don’t be surprised by the number of droppings you find; mice leave approximately 80 droppings per day and rats around 40 droppings per day. If you have a rodent problem, give us a call today.
How to spot signs of a rodent infestation
Here are signs to watch out for...
Holes: Rodents like to create burrows in the ground. They can also chew through wood and concrete to create entrances into the fabric of buildings to access a food source or for harbourage. If you see holes in your property that you hadn’t noticed before, along with one or more of the other signs listed here, it may be time to contact Every Season Pest Control.
Scratching noises: A rodent needs to gnaw and chew to keep its teeth sharp, as its teeth continually grow throughout its life. This can often sound like scratching. Hearing such noises may be another indication that you need to get in touch with us, fast. After all, the sooner you act, the quicker we can tackle the rodents infesting your property.
Chewed surfaces: Rodents chew things like wood beams and unfortunately, can go through electric wiring and in some cases, have even been known to cause house fires. Chewed surfaces show a serrated edge and the teeth marks clearly visible. If you notice these signs within your property, give us a call!
Droppings: Typically, rodents produce roughly 40 to 50 pellets per day, which you may find around your property on kitchen work surfaces, in lofts and in other areas. If you discover droppings, contact us today.
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 if I have Rats or Mice?
You may see or hear rodents or other evidence that they are around. For example, you may hear unexplained noises in your walls or loft-like scratching or the patter of little feet. You may find droppings in your kitchen cupboards or in your loft space. You may even find holes or burrows in your garden. All of these are possible signs of a rodent problem that needs to be treated ASAP.
I’ve found some rodent droppings; how can I tell if it’s a rat or a mouse?
Rat droppings are a lot larger than mouse droppings. Rat droppings are approx. 20mm long and mouse droppings are approx. 3-6mm long.
So how are the mice getting in?
Mice only need about a 6mm hole to squeeze through, if you can fit a Bic pen or a pencil through, then a mouse can get in. It can be as simple as a gap around a pipe that was drilled too large or the mortar has fallen out, through the old fashioned air bricks and even through an open door.
Why do I need to control rodents?
Apart from the damage they cause to property, stock and the thought of having rodents roaming free in our homes, they carry over 45 types of pathogens or diseases that can make us very poorly. A small sample of these diseases is Leptospirosis, Salmonella, E. coli and Dysentery. Gnawing or chewing rodents are known to cause house fires by exposing electrical wires.