What are the best ways to avoid mice / rats living in my house?
The best way to prevent mice/rats from living in your house is to stop them from entering in the first place by blocking any holes in windows or doors, and filling in holes around service entry points.
Increasing hygiene standards causes a decrease in food availability and reduces the likelihood that rodents will live and breed in your house.
Keeping food in secure containers, wiping up spills as they occur, and regularly sweeping under cupboards are all good practices. The prompt removal of rubbish and any containers in which the rodents could live is also advisable.
I've got mice / rats in my house, how do I get rid of them?
Mice and rats can come into houses (especially roofs) in autumn as the weather gets cold.
They will readily enter humane traps left overnight and baited with seeds and apples. Check them each morning and release the inhabitants outside in scrubby vegetation.