Signs of rats & mice in your home this winter & how to keep them out

Signs of rats & mice in your home this winter & how to keep them out


Rodents are a triple threat to homeowners as they can destroy property, contaminate food and spread serious diseases. As the winter is approaching, the rodent can settle into your home, especially in the kitchen, which offers everything from food, water, and warmth to shelter that the rats and mice are looking for. They will squeeze through a small hole and colonise in burrows, porches, attics, walls, concrete and other hard-to-reach places.

Common Types of Rodent

Mice and rats are the most common types of rodent you are more likely to encounter in your home. Rats are larger than mice and grow up to 19 inches (48cm) long, whereas mice are smaller rodent that typically measures about six to seven inches (17cm) long.
If you are unsure about the type of rodent has infested your property and would like to avoid costly problems later on, you can contact your trusted rat control services in Melbourne.

Habit and Habitats of Rats and Mice

Mice and rats will live in safe and dry places that are close to food and water supply. That’s why we usually find rats and mice in ceilings and walls. These habitats protect them from their predators and facilitate nesting. Some rats live in storage areas like sheds, composite piles, and wood piles that offer space to nest and sleep undisturbed.

Warning Signs of Infestation

As experts of rat removal services in Melbourne, we advise you to look out for these warning signs:

Droppings: If you find droppings of the rodents, you are certainly dealing with an infestation. If more droppings are found around your home, you are likely to be dealing with a larger infestation.

Noises: If you hear scratching or squeaking noises coming from inside your walls, it could be a sign of a rodent infestation. As the rodent are nocturnal, they are more active during night times.

Nests: Rats and mice build their nests in your attic, walls or basement using shredded paper, insulation and other materials. Nests are usually found in warm areas in close proximity to water and food.

Odour: Another sign that you may notice is a very distinct, musky, pungent odour throughout your house. When rodents invade a home, they leave droppings and urine all over the nest site. So, if you smell the bad odour in your home, a nearby rodent nest or a dead rodent could be the source.

Gnawed Holes: Mice tend to leave small holes with clean-cut edges in containers whereas rats leave bigger holes with rougher edges. So, if you find nibble marks on furniture, boxes, containers, papers, and other items around your house, most likely your house is infested by rats or mice.

Dangers and Risks Of Rodents

Property Damage: Mice and rats can wreak havoc on your home’s structure. Rodent tends to dig through food containers in your kitchen cupboard, chew holes through walls and shred ceiling insulation, causing extensive damages to the property.

Disease & Allergic Reactions: Rodent saliva and droppings can transmit serious diseases such as leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Salmonella, and other illnesses. Some individuals can suffer from mild to severe allergic reactions when they come in contact with rodent droppings.

What Attracts Rats To Your Home?

During the harsh winter months, only fewer food sources are readily available. That’s why rodent find their way into your home when it gets cold outside. There are other factors too which can attract rats to your house.
  • Leaf piles, woodpiles, shrubs, a heap of debris, and other areas that provide shelter.
  • A messy home where the food spills and leftovers are left unclean.
  • When there is easy access to food and water sources.
  • Pet food or excrement
  • Ways to enter your home

How to Keep Rodents Away This Winter?

Eliminate Entry Points
Inspect your home for loose siding, cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows and holes around dryer vents. Seal such openings in which mice could enter.

Maintain Landscaping
Before winter approaches, perform landscaping and yard maintenance. Trim those branches that hang very close to your house. Remove weeds and fallen leaves to ensure that the rodents have only a fewer hiding place.

Store Your Goodies & Keep Your Kitchen Clean
In addition to keeping your kitchen clean, make sure all of your food is stored in sealed containers to hinder their easy access. Pet foods are a common draw for rats and mice, so keep pet food sealed as you do with your food.

Remove The Clutter
A rodent can thrive in areas such as garages, attics, and basements where there are lots of clutters. Performing a quick tidying-up can make these areas less tempting for rats and mice.

It does not take a long time for a rodent problem to go out of control. So, as soon as you notice the warning signs of rats and mice, turn towards Positive Pest Solutions for our rodent control treatments in Melbourne.

Hire a Pest Control Expert Today
Contact the team at Positive Pest Solutions for professional help. The experts will conduct a thorough pest inspection of your property and look for signs to determine the type of pest invaded your home. Based on the findings, the pest control experts implement the right rat control techniques to make your home or business pest-free.