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rodents

Habi Clear is highly experienced in removing rodents, specifically mice and rats, from domestic and commercial properties. Read on to learn more about these two common rodents, and what we can do to remove them using safe and controlled pest removal methods.

Mice

The most common types of mice in the UK are the house mouse and the long-tailed field mouse. Both mice seek warmth and shelter to feed and nest.

Appearance-wise, the house mouse has a pointed nose and small slender body. They are usually around 80-100mm in length, with a tail as long as its body and head combined. They have a brownish grey coat, but should not be confused with a newly weaned rat. Rats have much larger heads and feet in relation to the size of their bodies. The tail of a rat is also much thicker than that of a mouse.

Mice are sporadic feeders, nibbling at different foods -as opposed to eating one thing from start to finish. They do not need a water source either as they take moisture from their food.

If you are worried that mice may be present in your property, the tell-tale signs are seeing dark-coloured droppings or seeing visible damage to stored foods, packaging or woodwork. Mice can be found in food storage areas, kitchens, pantries, airing cupboards, enclosed pipes and even baths.

To eradicate mice, lots of small baits are scattered everywhere, as opposed to fewer, bigger bait points. This is because mice feed in different places during the night.

Once the bait has been down for seven days, a follow-up procedure will be carried out. Depending on the situation, more visits may be needed. A minimum of two visits will be needed to eradicate the mice entirely.

Rats

Rats damage goods and property, as well as carrying nasty diseases, including Leptospirosis, salmonella, rat-bite fever and typhoid. This disease is transmitted to humans in the urine of infected rats. It is also associated with watercourses, sewage systems and damp soil that are infested with rats. Various parasites can be spread by rats too, including ringworm, roundworm, tapeworm, ticks and fleas.

If you are worried that you may have rats in your property, the signs are usually finding droppings, hearing scuffling noises, seeing them or finding holes in woodwork, plastic and lead pipes, as well as electrical cables. Rats gnaw because their two front teeth, incisors, grow continually, so the animals need to gnaw at things to keep them short.

Rats can nest in the home, in a loft, under the floor or behind units, but as a rule they prefer living outdoors in underground burrows or under buildings. Rats are usually brownish-grey on the back and grey/off white underneath. Their colour can vary so it is not a reliable feature. An adult rat weighs around 400-500g and is larger and thicker than a mouse.

To eradicate rats, we use a wax based rodenticide or bait boxes, which can be put into burrows or their nesting places, to prevent poisoning another species. Two to three visits will be required to ensure the rat infestation has been eradicated.