Edinburgh comes complete with rodents, with Rats and Mice being a common pest in tenements, homes and businesses. Sometimes a mouse trap isn’t enough to keep these pests at bay.
A rodent infestation can disrupt your daily routine as well as cause great inconvenience to you and your property. Not only do they carry disease, rats and mice breed very quickly and also destroy your fixtures and appliances. An infestation could cost you hundreds of pounds in the long run.
You need rat control if you have noticed any of the following:
Key signs of rodent activity:
Mice – Small black/grey, like a grain of rice but usually smaller in size and are pointed at each end. Rats – Dark in colour and can look wet when fresh. 3/4 of an inch long,1/8 in width and sausage-shaped. When rat droppings are old they will be grey and crumbly.
Sounds of gnawing and scratching within walls or cupboards, typically at night or during quiet times. Signs of scratching or gnawing may also be found around skirting or furniture corners.
- Smear marks:
Dark smear marks normally appear around entry points or regularly used runs throughout the property. These can usually be found on the kitchen plinths or skirtings, or next to pipes.
If you have come across an unpleasant smell within your kitchen or cupboards.
It is important to know if you just have an unwanted visitor or if you have an infestation taking over your home. If you see rodents daily, an infestation has most likely already taken place. If you’ve just seen the odd mouse that hasn’t been seen over a couple weeks and there are very few/zero droppings, it possibly won’t be back, but rodent behaviour is unpredictable so it’s important to act on any sightings straight away.
If you have noticed any of these tell-tale signs of rats or mice,
call Barricade Pest Control for Rodent Control services on 0131 659 9752.
Mice and Rats are agile, good at climbing, and can squeeze through very small gaps (as small as 1/4″ or 5mm). They often come through floorboards or walls where there is the tiniest opening, for a pipe for example. Once they have a way in, they’ll gnaw around the hole to make a bigger entrance.
They move around freely behind walls and under floorboards – in Edinburgh it’s common for mice to climb several storeys and have a network of tunnels within the walls of old stone tenement blocks!
If you spot any of the signs listed above, you can try our tips listed below such as securing all food and cleaning up mess. A DIY mouse trap can be bought from any hardware shop – but rats and mice are intelligent and they often spot a mouse trap and learn to avoid it.
How to get rid of mice
Have you seen signs of mice? Here’s what to do
If you have recently noticed any signs of mice in your property, here are some steps to take to establish if you have an infestation or just a mouse that has simply passed through for nothing other than a nosy!
- Perform a deep clean throughout your property – VERY IMPORTANT
Removing any reliable food source including crumbs on the floor, in the couch, under toaster, behind appliances, in cupboards and sealing any food that’s easy to access in plastic containers.
Remove all signs of rodent activity by vacuuming droppings, disinfecting floors to remove the urine trail they have left behind playing close attention to areas such as behind the kitchen plinths/under units, in kitchen cupboards, in any cupboards that have pipes or cables leading into the property and in the bathroom.
- Monitor any new activity over a 1-2-week period.
If you continue to have sightings of mice or new droppings appear this would suggest that mice are nesting nearby and need to be eradicated. This is when pest control can help!
If you do not have any sightings and no droppings have appeared this would suggest that no infestation has taken place. At this point, the best preventative measures would be to block any potential entry points leading into the property (proofing). Always ensure that no reliable food source is left to encourage the mice into your property.
- Avoid laying mouse traps with a human food source on top, this will only encourage more mice into your property and in most cases, the mice will be able to feed on them without setting off the trap.
- Leaving droppings and urine in any area of your property will encourage new mice to pay you a visit. Always remove this.
- Edinburgh is highly infested by mice, therefore, you may see signs of them in your property from time to time, this doesn’t always mean you have an infestation, therefore, following the above steps will help give a good indication that you need a pest controller or not.
- Leaving out any type of food will only encourage mice into the property. It’s important that you manage this correctly if you are prone to mice.
- Never block holes right away if you have an infestation, its always best to eradicate the problem first to avoid new holes being created by mice.
How to prevent a mouse infestation
Always follow these basic guidelines to reduce your risk of being infested by mice, rats or other rodents:
- Use secure food storage
Make sure ALL your food is stored above ground level, ideally in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids. Mice and rats can chew through plastic and cardboard! Don’t leave any food (including fruit) out on worktops and use wall cupboards where possible.
- Clean up ALL food waste
Do not leave any crumbs, scraps or food recycling lying out. Remove all pet food when your pets have finished eating.
- Secure rubbish bins
Always keep the lid on your bin and use a metal rubbish bin if possible. Don’t leave any bin bags lying around in or near your property. If you have a compost heap in your garden, don’t add any food waste to it.
- Remove potential nesting material
Rodents love to chew and shred materials such as cardboard and paper to make a cosy nest. Don’t collect cardboard boxes or old newspapers.
- Keep your house and garden tidy
Less mess equals less hiding places for rodents.
If you follow these guidelines it’s possible that your rats or mice will move on to somewhere else. However, don’t hang around if you think you have a rat infestation – it’s important to ACT FAST!
Call Barricade Pest Control for today on 0131 659 9752.
Rodent proofing involves inspecting the whole property for visible points of entry. Mice can fit though gaps as small as the width of a pen therefore it’s important that we thoroughly inspect all areas of the property. Once entry points are found, we use products that rodents cannot chew through meaning they cannot re-enter through the same holes as before. This stops the mice from having a reliable food source as well as nesting materials which encourages them to relocate.
When should you consider proofing?
- At the end of a pest control treatment.
- If you have seen the odd mouse
- New signs of droppings
- If you have a phobia of rodents
- If you have a recurring rodent issue
Humane pest control
Humane mouse traps are available from DIY stores and pet shops. We are also proud to be accredited members of the Think Wildlife scheme which promotes safe rodenticide use as a last resort. Read more about humane pest control here.