Rodent warning: 'Crucial' hack to keep rats and mice from storming your home this winter

Mouse in kitchen

Experts shared how to keep rodents out your home

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 06/12/2023

- 14:52

Experts have shared how to keep furry pests out of your property as temperatures cool

There are more than 10 million rats in the UK and pests will often search for food and shelter in British homes.

Thankfully, experts have shared their top tips to keep rodents away this December.

Rodent season typically ends in November in the UK, but there is still a high chance the pests will try to get inside during the winter months.

No one wants to wake up to rats on Christmas day, so experts at Mesh Direct have shared their advice.

Food in sealed container

Storing food correctly can make a difference


Keep the home clean

Keeping a clean home will keep it less attractive to pests.

They said: "Regularly cleaning your home removes potential nesting sites for pests. Dust, debris, and build-up in hidden corners can provide rodents and insects with the perfect shelter.

"By routinely vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down surfaces, you can eliminate these hiding spots.

"In addition to cleaning, reducing clutter can minimise the number of places where pests can hide. Pay attention to neglected areas like basements, attics, and storage rooms where they might seek refuge, keeping a clean and organised space."

Store food properly

Part of keeping the home clean is making sure bits of food don't find their way onto worktops and floors.

Storing food properly will cut off their food supply so they will have to look elsewhere for a meal.

Experts added: "Storing food properly is crucial to deny rodents a food source.

"Invest in airtight containers made of glass, plastic, or metal to keep food items secure. Ensure that all packaging is tightly sealed, including bags and boxes, to prevent rodents from gnawing through — this includes any pet food and birdseed too.

"Quickly clean up dropped crumbs and spills in your kitchen and dining areas. By denying rodents access to food, you not only discourage infestations but also maintain a hygienic living environment year-round that is free from pests such as larder beetles and ants."


Mice and rats can find their way inside during the winter


Seal entrances

Rodents can slip through the smallest gap in a door or window so it is important to keep these sealed.

Experts stated: "Inspect your property for any gaps or cracks that rodents could use to gain entry, and seal them securely.

"Common entry points include spaces around doors and windows, utility openings, vents, and gaps along the foundation.

"To seal these openings, use materials like silicone caulk for small gaps and wire mesh for larger gaps. Ensure that all potential access points are sealed, leaving no room for rodents to squeeze through and cause havoc in your home."

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