Identify common signs of rats to tell if you have a problem
Protecting your Home and Family from Mouse Problems
Having mice in your home is more than an inconvenience - they can be a serious health risk particularly in kitchens or areas where children play.
A mouse can also do significant damage to your home and furniture by gnawing through wood and plastic.
Mice can even cause house fires by chewing through electrical cables.
The typical signs of a mouse problem are:
Scratching noises - in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around
Droppings - mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls or in areas of significant mouse activity such as in cupboards or under sinks.
Distinctive smell - mice leave a trail that leaves an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards
Damage - mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials
Nests - mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges. Nests will often contain young mice.
The first line of defence against mice is to proof your home. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through holes the width of a pencil, so it is important to seal any holes to the exterior and fit bristle strip around doors.
It is important not to attract mice with food – where possible, store food in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under cookers, fridges and cupboards.
While amateur DIY products are a cost effective way to control light infestations of mice, professional pest control is required for more established mice colonies or where there is a repeated infestation.
Rentokil service technicians provide highly targeted treatment to deal with any mouse problem and will offer advice on how to keep your home free of mice in the future.
Rentokil offers a call-out service to deal with mice and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil technician, call us on 0 800 1 333 777.