Rats and mice after storms
You may notice a sudden infestation of rats and mice after storms or prolonged periods of rain. This is not unusual as our homes are ideal conditions for rodents following a storm.
The rain and wind during a storm will damage rodents’ natural nesting spots and force them to higher ground. This can include your home. Overflowing sewerage systems and stormwater drains will also drive them to seek warm dry shelter.
If you are in an area with heavy flooding, then keep an eye out for signs of rodent activity. Rats can gnaw their way through some pretty tough materials to gain access to food and shelter.
If you do suspect rodent activity it is important that you deal with it as quickly as possible. Once they settle in and start procreating, they can become incredibly more difficult to deal with. Look for and eliminate the food source to help alleviate an infestation (rats need a continual supply of high protein food to thrive).
Check the outside of your home to make sure that there is no damage that could be providing rats and mice with easy access to shelter. If there has been damage, then ensure that any items being discarded, such as damp carpets, etc, are kept well away from the house.
Make sure pet food is not accessible to rats, and don’t leave bowls out overnight. Stop feeding birds, as this can also attract rats, mice and squirrels to your home.
Also, if your rubbish collection service has been disrupted, keep the rubbish as far as possible from dwellings, and make sure it is stored as securely as possible. Rats will take advantage of refuse bins with holes in them, drain plugs missing or broken/missing lids.
If you have any concerns about rodent activity in your home then give PEST UK a call on 0800 026 0308 for a straightforward assessment.