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Having rodents in your home is more than an inconvenience - they can spread germs around, particularly in kitchens or areas where food particles can be found.

© Mark Fowler

Unfortunately, it's impossible to live in London and not expect to see a mouse in a house. Rodents are everywhere in London! And you may notice that sightings can vary depending on the time of year. Seeing one mouse or rat is not the problem. It's when there is many that can signal a serious problem.

Rodents can multiply very quickly. Taking the necessary precautions to avoid and prevent infestations can make all the difference.

How to keep rodents away

With routine maintenance and prevention and some good housekeeping, you CAN keep rodents away! Try these tips first to avoid costly callouts; keep your home mouse free:

Store food in strong sealed containers and keep food off counters. Rodents will continue to multiply if there is a food source they can access.

Regularly clean under cookers and cupboards, as well as all surfaces and in corners. Wipe, sweep and vacuum these areas that are prone to heavy rodent traffic. Often these areas usually are overlooked with a light cleaning.

Tell tale Signs of Rodents

Here are some tips on how to identify a rodent problem (aside from spotting one)
and what to do:

  • Scratching - noises in the walls or ceilings as rodents scurry around
  • Distinctive smell - rodents leave a trail that leaves an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards and in loft spaces
  • Damage - rodents have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials
  • Nests - rodents build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in quiet, hidden places and will often contain young rodents
  • Droppings - rodents leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls or in areas of significant activity such as in cupboards or under sinks
  • If there are many droppings in key areas of the home, and you have spotted a few rodents already, you may likely have an infestation. Assume it's a small infestation and DIY first before calling out a pest control technician.

    If there are very few droppings or traces of rodents, it may just be that one mouse or a small family of rodents has decided to set up camp in your home. This is not a serious problem in terms of it being an infestation, and does not necessarily require a pest control technician to come to the house to fix the problem. DIY first.

    DIY Pest Control Products for Rodents

    Often times when pest control service technicians are sent on a callout, they will first look for cracks and holes and evidence of droppings, and will leave not only a few trays of chemical behind and wait 10 days before exterminating with commercial heavy duty chemical products, but they will also leave you with the bill of cost to do a job that you could have done yourself without the hassle and cost.

    What Types of Mouse Traps are There? See

    What Baits Should You Use? You can use peanut butter spread, chocolate spread, bread and butter, oatmeal, or a mix of any of these. Spread onto the end of a trap as bait.

    Watch and learn How to Set a Mouse Trap and how not to:

    Products like Rentokil that are popular household brand names for pest control offer a wide range of DIY mouse products for amateur use. These products will help you get rid of rodents quickly and efficiently.

    Humane options for pest control products are available and can be found online. If you opt to using this method, you will need to track, trap and thwart the rodents as part of using this option. Bear in mind, this method doesn't guarantee that you are completely ridden of the problem if you release them around the area of the problem.

    Ask a service representative at any local hardware store, including B&Q, Homebase, Wickes or any local independent store for more information about your options for pest control of rodents.

    As with all pest control products, please read the instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective use.

    Professional Rodent Control

    While amateur DIY products are a cost effective way to control small infestations of rodents, professional mouse control is required for more established rodent colonies or where there is a repeated infestation.

    If you have diagnosed the problem and believe it to be an infestation, Arrive Homes will on high priority contact the required technician, the owner and the agent on behalf of you when a maintenance report has been submitted, and will arrange for the required service technician to fix the problem as immediately as possible.

    What You Need To Know:

    Arrive Homes has provided popular and work-proven prevention and maintenance techniques and methods in simple how-to step-by-step instructional guides to help you avoid pest problems so that you are armed with the information you need to not have to not deal with this issue whilst letting an Arrive Homes property. For this reason, Arrive Homes does not cover the cost of pest control. If you follow prevention methods routinely throughout the year, you can avoid the costliness of extermination.

    Here are some Useful Tips:

    Seal cracks and holes in the house that can allow rodents to enter.

    Remove food sources that may attract them, such as trash, pet food or fallen fruit from trees.

    Store your food properly.

    If you capture rodents with live traps then move them far from the home.

    Use snap traps with sensitive triggers. They are more likely to kill quickly.

    Use as many as 10 traps near any known mouse hole, and position them about two feet apart along walls, with the bait-end against the wall. Use gloves or else your scent on the traps may make them ineffective.

    Glue traps are unlikely to kill rodents quickly, but can be effective. Keep them in place for at least five days so rodents become accustomed to them.

    Repellent sound devices may or may not work, but are designed to annoy rodents with a high-frequency sound that humans can't hear.

    Poison bait boxes can be used as a last resort. Look for tamper- and weather-proof boxes that use first-generation (multiple-dose) anticoagulants.

    Need Further Assistance?

    To report any damage or need for repairs, please provide a full description of the maintenance issue when filling in your online Maintenance Report form.

    Once you have submitted a report, an Arrive Homes representative will be in contact with you shortly.