Mice are normally active at night, and you may not see them during the day. You may find nests, which are made of materials such as paper and look like a ball of material loosely woven together. You may find partially nibbled food and small droppings.
Rats are also nocturnal. Droppings near food sources are the most common sign of rats along with evidence of gnawing, tracks, burrows and nests.
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Health & Safety Risks
Mice and rats contaminate the environments in which they live through their urine, droppings and hairs. They can carry a wide range of diseases that can be passed on to humans, either by directly contaminating food with droppings and urine, or by contaminating surfaces. Rats in particular can pass on Weil’s disease, which can be fatal to humans. Rats can also cause extensive structural damage to property. They are capable of gnawing a range of materials including electric cables and wiring, which could cause fire or electrocution. Deal with your pest issue today by calling Aurum to help with your rodent removal in Manchester and the surrounding areas.
Reduce the risk of mice and rats in your home
Mice and rats may be discouraged and infestations prevented by improving hygiene and by blocking access points to your home:
- Make sure that air bricks are in place and intact (do not block them).
- Look for access points around gas, electricity and water pipes.
- Check that doors fit tightly.
- Fit cone guards around the bottom of drainpipes to prevent rats from climbing up – you’ll be able to get these from your local hardware or DIY store.
- Fit metal balloon guards to the bottom of drainpipes to prevent them climbing up the inside – again, you can get these from your local hardware store Improved hygiene will restrict the availability of food for mice and rats, reducing the chances that they will remain and breed successfully.
To deal with a mouse infestation, there are two methods of control available:
- Poison Baiting
Before you attempt to deal with a rat problem try to find out where rats are living, feeding and drinking, and the routes they take between these areas, look for:
- Holes, Burrows, Runs & Tracks
- Droppings, Footprints
- Other Signs such as Sightings & Smells
Find out how the rats are getting into your home – this can be done by blocking any holes with newspaper and coming back 24 hours later to see which holes have been re-opened. You can then take preventative action to permanently block the access holes.