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Rats & Mice! If you are hearing noises in the loft or walls at night, chances are it may 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. 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 you can spot you have an infestation as rodents teeth continually grow so they have to gnaw objects etc... to keep them maintained.
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.
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 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 twenty centimetres in length, rats can be much longer, potentially reaching forty-five centimetres.
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.