Mice and rats are very widespread throughout the country and can be very troublesome, especially during the cooler months of the years where they may invade houses and business premises in search of warm nest sites.

While the common house mouse can be a problem all-year-round, they tend to be more active in homes and business properties during the autumn and winter months. Mice can gain entry to your building via many different routes, even though air bricks, so can be particularly difficult to keep out.

If you suspect your home or business premises has a mouse infestation, you can take immediate action by contacting our friendly team at Be-Discreet Pest Control. We offer emergency pest control services that are fast-acting and thorough, so you can be rest assured that our team will quickly solve your infestation problem.

Where to check for rodents on your premises

For rats and mice, your kitchen is the most likely place that you will find evidence of their presence. Kitchens are a magnet for rodents when seeking out food, so you may either see a rat or mouse scurry across the floor or a work surface in front of you, or you may find proof of their presence inside your kitchen cupboards from droppings, footprints and holes gnawed into food containing packages.

Look for holes around your premises, especially around the places where your service pipes and cables enter your property. Mice are small enough to be able to access through a gap that is less than half an inch wide, so even the smallest of holes or cracks you find in your property could be where the mice are accessing your building.

Check your wiring around your building as mice can use your wiring as travel routes around your property. Look for gnawed wires, droppings and footprints that can indicate well-used travel routes, especially under floorboards and behind skirting boards.

Using rodent poison

If you know that you have a rat or mouse infestation then you may be tempted to use a commercial rodent poison to take care of your problem. However, while poison is an effective way to deal with a rodent infestation, many of the poison products are not very effective.

This is because, to kill rats and mice, the poison used needs to be very carefully measured and gauged for its strength. The most effective rodent poisons are only available for professional use, so you may struggle to control your rodent infestation with an off-the-shelf solution and for many people, and especially for business premises handling food, they simply cannot wait around to see if the poison is effective or not.

Professional grade mouse poison is highly regulated and can only be used indoors to avoid poisoning wildlife or domestic pets. This is why The Health & Safety Executive has restricted the sale of professional-grade rodent poisons to keep it out of the hands of the general public.

Alternative solutions

While rodent poison is very effective in eradicating infestations, sometimes you may need to or prefer to use alternative methods such as mouse bait boxes, mouse traps or live capture techniques. These can be effective when you don’t want to risk the health of your pet cat or dog should they eat a rodent that been poisoned, or you have young children around.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team who will be happy to discuss your rodent pest control problem and sort out a quick solution for you.