Rodent Hot Spots

Rats and mice are rarely found in just one spot. If you see them in one area of your home, it's more than likely they'll be in multiple places, with their nests usually being in an isolated area. With rats travelling up to 50 metres for food, and mice nearly 30 metres, you need to think outside the room to find where rodents are in your home.

Signs of rodent activity include faeces, urine stains, burrows in walls, flooring and skirting, gnawing, tracks and dead rodents. Also keep an eye, and ear, out for rustling and noises within walls and cavities. A mouse can fit through a 20mm gap, so ensure you regularly check all areas of your home.

Learn how to stay one step ahead of rats and mice by using the house-plan below showing common areas known to have rodent activity.

A common nesting area for rodents. It offers them shelter, security and nesting areas; as well as food sources. Seal any holes in walls and doors to prevent rodents entering and avoid clutter by using plastic storage containers and shelving. Place any potential food, like lawn seed or Blood & Bone, in sealed storage containers.

A warm roof is a great habitat for rats and mice. Not only are there are plenty of nesting areas, it's secluded from the main living areas so they’re rare disturbed. With access to all areas of the house, there's a wealth of food sources available. Bait Stations and Sonics are ideal ways to prevent nesting.

Like humans, rodents need water to survive. Backyard pools and ponds provide a great source of water to rats and mice.

Like humans, rats and mice need water to survive and the laundry and bathroom are an ideal source of water. Keeping cleaning products in sealed containers, locking cupboards and ensure floors and benches are kept clean and free or clutter will reduce rodent activity. This will also make it easier to spot signs of rodents. Also ensure repair any leaking or dripping taps and faucets.

An enticing environment for rodents with discarded food scraps and excess feed, it also provides them with shelter and water. Rats have even been known for steal chicken eggs! They can also pose serious health risks to pets by contaminating food and water suppliers. Ensure coops are secured with wire flooring to stop burrowing and keep clean kennels clean to discourage nesting.

A warm roof is a great habitat for rats and mice. Not only are there are plenty of nesting areas, it's secluded from the main living areas so they're rare disturbed. With access to all areas of the house, there's a wealth of food sources available. Bait Stations and Sonics are ideal ways to prevent nesting.

Offers shelter and security for rats and mice, as well as a range of food sources including seeds, bulbs, fertilisers and lawn clippings from lawn mowers. Keeping a shed tidy and storing all bags and boxes on shelves, as well as using glass or metal storage containers, will limit rodent activity in sheds. Strongbox Bait Station and powerful traps will control unwanted pests.

Rats and mice will scavenge up any 'loose' rubbish bags or open bins for food. They'll stay where they have a rich source of food.

Always make sure rubbish is properly stored in bins and that lids are kept closed. Open bins and rubbish 'dumped' near bins is an open invitation to rodents.

Attracted by an abundance of food and water, they'll continually return for more. Signs of droppings and corners eaten from food packets are signs of rodent activity.

Keeping cupboards closed, using resealable containers and always keeping benches free of dirty dishes and food will help prevent pest problems developing. Traps will stop rodents in their tracks and try a Sonic to keep them away.

Gardens are a preferred way for rats and mice to move around. Overgrow bushes and lawns make ideal running tracks and shelter. Keeping lawns cut short and removing overgrown bushes and shrubs will help discourage rodents from these areas. If you have a compost bin, ensure it's securely covered with a locking lid.

With access to all areas of the house for food and water, as well as shelter for nesting, this is a favoured area for both rats and mice. Seal up any holes and access points to floors, and check the exterior of your home for cavities to minimise rodents from getting under your floors.

Like humans, rodents need water to survive. Backyard pools and ponds provide a great source of water to rats and mice. If you see evidence of rodent activity, place a Bait Station nearby.

Gardens are a preferred way for rats and mice to move around. Overgrow bushes and lawns make ideal running tracks and shelter. Keeping lawns cut short and removing overgrown bushes and shrubs will help discourage rodents from these areas. If you have a compost bin, ensure it's securely covered with a locking lid.