How to Deal with Rats, Mice & Other Common Rodents

Seen a rat or a mouse in the house? In this guide, you’ll find out all about prevention as well as humane rat and mouse control methods.

Top Tip

Rats and mice go inside because they’re looking for easy food sources. If you want to lure them into a trap, sweet treats like peanut butter and lollies work just as well as classic cheese.

Getting rid of mice and rats isn’t easy. If you’ve found their pellet-like droppings in your kitchen or heard them scratching at your walls, you have a rodent problem. Rat and mice infestations can be irritating, but they can also potentially be a major health hazard – plus they could gnaw through electrical cables or spread disease.

Rat and mouse problems can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t get onto it fast. Read on to find out how to get rid of mice and rats, and how to minimise the risk of more infestations.

How to Catch a Mouse

There’s so much different advice on how to trap a mouse, but it’s important to find a technique that’s humane. Read on for a mouse control method that allows you to release the rodent outside unharmed.

You will need:

  1. A toilet or kitchen roll
  2. Some bait in the form of food
  3. A large bucket
  4. Some vegetable oil

Here’s the best way to get rid of mice with the items above:

  1. Flatten the toilet or kitchen roll along the length of the tube so that it sits flush on a flat surface.
  2. Position the bait at the end of the tube and place it on an elevated surface – like the top of a table or cupboard – with the bait end jutting over the edge.
  3. Place the large bucket below the bait end and pour some of the oil into the bucket.
  4. Wait for the mouse or rat to run along the tube and tumble into the bucket below. The oil will stop the rodent from jumping out.
  5. Take the rodent a considerable distance from your house and release it from the bucket.

 

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Make sure you give your kitchen a deep clean once your visitor has gone.

  • Grab a disinfectant bleach like Domestos to sanitise all your kitchen surfaces. Empty out your cupboards and give the insides a good wipe down, including behind appliances. Make sure you wear protective gloves and follow the instructions on the bottle of bleach.

How to Prevent Further Rodent Infestations

Even when you’ve eradicated your rodent, you’ll need to take further precautions to prevent a return:

  • Seal all entry points to your house. Check your walls, floors, and ceilings, and block up any holes that a rodent could fit through. Remember they can adapt their physique to squeeze through the tiniest of places. Make sure there’s no entry points in your door and window frames too so that your house is an impenetrable fortress.
  • Make access to food difficult. Put all of your foodstuffs into hard containers made of glass, pottery, or thick plastic to restrict the rodents’ food sources. Get rid of food scraps as quickly as possible and don’t leave food out on counters. Make sure your bins also have secure lids and are regularly emptied.
  • Keep the outside of your home clean and tidy. Keep your waste bins as far from the house as possible, and make sure that your gardens or pathways are kept tidy and clear. Mice and rats don’t like large, open spaces, but they love to hide in small nooks and crannies.

Keep across all of these aforementioned issues, and your house will be clean and mice and rat free!