10 Clear Answers to Common Questions about Rat Pest Control

Mice and Rat Pest Control - Typical brown rat

Not all rats are friendly! Close up of a typical brown rat.

According to recent studies the number of rats and mice in the UK is on the increase. In cities such as London and other major metropolitan areas there are millions of rats and mice running around at any one time, and the problem is that many of the species that currently inhabit the country have become resistant to the usual pest control methods. The same stuff that you could have used to kill mice 10 or 15 years ago doesn’t work anymore.

If you have spotted any rodents in your home the first thing you want to do is learn more about them and how you can get rid of them before they become an infestation.


Here are some clear answers to some of the most commonly asked question or FAQs regarding mice and rat pest control at home or in your business.

10 Common FAQs about rats and mice and clear answers.

1. What is the difference between a rat and a mouse?

Rats and mice are rather different. A rat is substantially larger than a mouse. It weights between 350 and 400 grams and can measure anything between 7 and 9 inches. A mouse, on the other hand, has a small head and usually weighs about 30 grams. Their colour is also different – whereas rats are usually brown or grey, mice can be black, brown or grey. To the amateur, mice will usually look cute while a rat will appear quite menacing and may even make moves to attack if you try and corner it.

2. I live in the city; which are more likely, mice or rats?

If you live in a big city in the UK there is one thing that you can be sure of – at any one time there are thousands of colonies of huge rats running around, and they are likely the ones that will get into your home. However, if you live in the country you are more likely to get mice. Do not underestimate mice just because they are small. They multiply rapidly and can cause just as much damage as rats. More, each species comes with a series of specific health threats.

3. Why do mice and rats get into homes?Rat Pest Control - Mice and rats can eat a wide variety of foods.

Simple – they are looking for food and warmth. Mice and rats are creatures just like us and they will find the nearest convenient location where they can find warmth and something that they can eat. You are more likely to have rodents in your home when it is cold outside such as during winter. Mice and rats will also look for warm, dark and safe places to reproduce, so they will head for your attic if it provides the right conditions.

4. What do rats and mice eat?

Rats and mice eat a lot of things. They will likely be able to eat anything that you have in your kitchen, but that is not all. When their numbers multiply and they start to compete for food they move to other items such as wood (think your furniture), clothing (you will start to still little holes in clothes in your wardrobe) and paper (all those first editions on your shelves are in danger). Rats and mice also love garbage as there is plenty there that will keep them healthy.

Rat Pest Control - Resistance of rats and mice to poisons sold over the counter today.

5. Can I and should I use rat poison?

According to recent studies many of the rat poisons in the market will not kill the most common types of rats that populate our big cities across the UK. It may slow them down for a while but they will soon be back. You may have more luck with mice. As for whether you should use poison for rat pest control, it is never a good idea. If they die they will do so in hidden corners in your home and when they start to decompose they will stink up your property. Leaving you with a decontamination problem. More, poisons should only be used by experienced exterminators to ensure their effectiveness.

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6. Can I use mouse traps for rats and mice?

You certainly can, but that doesn’t mean that you will be able to get rid of the problem. A rat trap is only successful when you have very few rodents in your home, and they soon become wise and start to avoid it. Traps are also effective at catching the mice or rat who were not at home when i.e. a fumigation service was provided. This will ensure the stranglers can’t restart the colony when they get back home.

7. Where do rats and mice enter through?

Because rats and mice are rather small they are able to come in through the smallest spaces. If you have any spaces between the roof and the attic it is enough for them to squeeze through and come into your home. In places where their populations are large they will even come in through open doors and windows.

8. How do I know that I have rats or mice in my home?

When these little rodents come into your home you will definitely know because they leave their droppings wherever they forage. You will find little dark brown or black pellets in corners and on the floor in the mornings when you wake up. As their numbers grow you will often hear them in the ceiling and walls at night, and occasionally you may see one run across the room.

9. Does keeping a cat deter mice and rats?

Having a cat or two is a great way to deter mice especially if you only get the occasional one. But cats cant help if you have lots of mice in the home. Keep in mind that cats cant reach all places where mice and rats might hide in your home such as in gap between the inner and outer walls of your home.

10. What is the best way to get rid of rats and mice?

The best rats and mice pest control is a professional pest exterminator. They have the right tools, traps, experience and chemicals or poisons to get rid of mice and rats as well as their nests. Professional mice and rat pest control companies will also block off any entrances to your home. More, they can provide a decontamination service to get rid of all dead mice and rats.

We, Avon Pest Control are your local exterminator. If you still have questions or require us for help with your pest problem, do not hesitate to contact us on 01926 632 929 or visit our website here: https://www.avon-pestcontrol.co.uk/pestControl/.

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