How to keep rats and mice out of your home

If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, think again. An army of mice and rats are invading our homes, after reduced bin collections and restaurant closures during lockdown left them in search of food.

But these rodents aren’t just a risk to your pantry, they can also seriously harm your health. Professional rat catcher Dan Dobson and our own Alice Beer have the tips you need to halt the invasion.

Rats tend to nest beneath building foundations, in wood piles, in dense vegetation, and inside walls, ceilings, and cabinets. They can enter your home through tiny holes and cracks in the foundation or walls - so what can you do to stop them entering your property? 

  • Keep your environment clean. Dispose of rubbish in the garden and house as quickly as possible. 

  • If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, the better. If there is a huge breakout, the community needs to stay tidy, not just the one household. 

  • Keep food sources limited. Bird feeders etc, have under control. Make sure bins are secured, and stable. Rats can chew through wheelie bins if they’re old, but they usually go for an easier option. 

  • Don't leave bin bags on the side of the road. 

  • Make sure your drainage system is working well. Rats and mice inside the household are nearly always down to a drainage problem.