No one likes the idea of rodents invading their home let alone coming into a room to see a rat or mouse running across the floor or the noise of them scratching the roof or wall spaces. Rats and mice are usually more active in the winter months, as the weather cools and their external food sources become rare, they enter your home, looking for warmth and food.
This in itself is problematic due to fact that rodents carry disease and cause structural damage to your home or place of business.
- Cause significant damage to wiring.
- Have even been known to chew through floor joists and walls
- Cause damage to your home’s insulation.
- Undermine hillsides, retaining walls and other similar structures through their burrowing activity.
- Unsanitary as their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.
- Multiply quickly.
- Cause significant damage to your home and furniture.
- Contaminate food and other materials.
- Implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.
- Scratching noises in walls or under the floor as rats scurry around.
- Droppings – rats leave dark, tapered droppings about 3/8″ – 9/16″ long. Visit our website for dropping identification
- Distinctive smell – rats leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
- Damage – rats have teeth that grow continuously and gnaw on wood and plastic to keep them trim. Rats can even cause fires by chewing through cables.
- Ripped food packaging – rats will tear open food which may leave teeth marks.
- Nests – rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats.
- Burrows – In gardens, rats will dig burrows especially in compost heaps or under sheds. They will also build nests under garden decking.
- Scratching noises in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around.
- Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks. .Visit our website for dropping identification
- Distinctive smell – mice leave 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 to keep their teeth shorter.
- 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.