'Crucial' hack to keep rats and mice out of your home as rodent season kicks off

Mice in house

Mice can be found in the house at this time of year

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Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray


Published: 18/09/2023

- 12:58

Rats and mice are most active between September and November

Rodent season is upon the UK and British homes had an average of 618 rodent infestations a day last year.

Mice and rats breed are more active in the autumn months as they look for food to last them through the winter.


They can squeeze into homes through small spaces but an expert has shared the best way to keep them at bay.

Storage expert and owner of Adams Selfstore Chris Hutton explained the importance of keeping all entry spots sealed.

Rats in house

Rats can enter through small spaces

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He said: "Rats and mice can slip through tiny openings, so sealing entry points is crucial.

"Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal gaps around doors and windows.

"Also, inspect and repair any cracks in walls or foundations.

"Ensure that vents, chimneys, and pipes are covered with mesh screens as this will physically prevent rodents from entering your premises."

Rodents will be less likely to find their way inside if all gaps and cracks are tended to in the home.

If the pests do manage to make their way inside, natural repellents can be used to repel them.

Chris continued: "Some natural repellents like peppermint oil, ammonia-soaked rags, or ultrasonic devices may deter rodents."

Peppermint oil can also be applied to cotton balls and placed in areas where you suspect rodent activity as the strong scent can repel them.

Mice at window

Some natural deterrents can be used

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"Meanwhile, ultrasonic devices emit high-frequency sounds that are unpleasant to rodents.

"While their effectiveness varies, these methods can be non-toxic and environmentally friendly."

Homeowners may notice an influx of spiders in their homes between September and October.

Experts shared the best way to keep spiders out of the home.

Pests such as bed bugs are also common in the home. An expert shared an "important" hack to get rid of these.

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