What should I do if I suspect a rat or mouse infestation?
You should report a suspected infestation to your local council using this online form. They will then contact you with information and advice on how to deal with the problem.
How can I prevent rats and mice nesting in my house?
The simplest way to avoid rodents getting into your property is to ensure it is not vulnerable to an infestation. Holes in walls, floor boards and bricks should be fixed as soon as they are noticed.
Materials such as shredded paper, hay and straw, perhaps used for domestic pets, should be made inaccessible by storing in containers to stop unwanted rodents taking up residence.
Food stuffs and domestic animal feed should be stored in sealed containers or cupboards without holes. Cardboard boxes won’t last against the gnawing teeth of a rat or mouse!
High frequency ultra sound devices can be placed around the house to deter rodents, although should not be used if bats are known in the area.
What are humane traps?
Humane traps are there to allow you to control pests whilst minimising suffering to the animal. Snap traps kill the animal instantly whilst live traps catch the animal ready for release.
Be cautious if choosing live traps. Whilst it may seem appealing to keep the animal alive, you may cause it suffering if you release into an unsuitable habitat. Consider its behavioural needs, most importantly for food and shelter. Suitable release sites should be located at least 2 miles from the property to stop the rodent returning.
Where can I buy humane traps?
Humane traps are available from most good pet shops where they can advise you on the most sympathetic but effective approach to rodent control.
If you are dealing with an infestation of more than a few individuals, contact your local council's Pest Control services for more advice.