Signs of Rats or Mice





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Identifying Signs of Rats or Mice

Rats are most active during the night therefore it is often easier to spot the signs of a rat infestation than the actual rat. Below we have explained some signs that could indicate that you have a potential rat problem. 

  • Rat Droppings – Rat droppings are brown in colour and can appear like a grain of rice.
  • Footprints – Rat runs are an obvious sign of rat activity as they leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings.
  • Rub Marks – Smudges on surfaces can be left as a result of them rubbing against surfaces particularly on their rat runs.
  • Gnaw Marks – Rats are agile and are good climbers – this is why they can often be found in lofts where you may notice gnaw marks on wires, cabling or items in the loft.
  • Rat Holes – As good diggers rats can burrow to create extensive networks for nesting, shelter and storing of foods.
  • Rat Nests – Nests are common as rats will shred things like loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items and use them in order to make nests.

If you have spotted any of the signs mentioned, we recommend acting quickly to ensure the potential infestation doesn’t spread any further.

  • Droppings – if you notice a number of droppings at night, small and dark (approx. 3 – 8 mm in length) – these will usually be scattered randomly but check key areas such as behind skirting boards and under kitchen covers.
  • Grease marks – rats or mice often brush against walls, floors and skirting on their regular rat runs leaving grease or dark marks around holes or around corners.
  • Urine piles – if there are heavy infestations, body grease, combined with dirt and urine, builds up into small mounds, up to 4cm high and 1cm wide.
  • Scratching noises – often at night when mice are most active you may hear noises between partition walls, under floorboards, in false ceilings, basements and lofts.
  • Nests – using easy to shred materials, mice then line the nest with other soft materials. Check lofts, suspended ceilings, cavity walls, under floorboards and behind fridges, under stoves and in airing cupboards.
  • Footprints – dusty environments such as unused lofts and  basements can show up rodent tracks and tail marks. To check for activity, sprinkle flour, talcum powder or china clay and check the next day for fresh tracks.
  • Live or dead mice – spotting a mouse during the daytime can be an indication of a heavy infestation.
  • Smell – mice urinate frequently and their wee has a strong ammonia-like smell. The stronger the smell the closer you are to mice activity. This smell can linger for a long time (even after an infestation has been removed).

Rat & Mouse Removal

If you have a rat or mouse issue that you would like assistance with at a domestic dwelling or commercial property then get in touch to discuss how we may be able to help your requirements or schedule a free inspection today.

Get in touch today if you have a rat problem.


Rodent Control

Dealing with Rodents in Poole Bournemouth Dorset

Stop Rats Entering your Home

We offer rat Guard serwer flap fitting to protect your home from rats.

How To Identify A Rodent

Rodent Facts

Rodents’ biology and habits can make them challenging to control, and they present a serious menace to your home. If you’re in need of rodent control services across Dorset, here’s what you should know about these pests:


We offer rat control, rat proofing and treatment for your commercial premise or home:

  • Instincts: Rats are instinctively wary of things new to their environment, including rat control measures such as traps and bait, and colonise in attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, in wall voids and other hard-to-reach places.
  • Disease: Rats can harbour and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas and ticks into your home.


Our mouse control and mouse proofing services can help you if you have a mouse problem:

  •  Access: They invade your home seeking food, water and warmth
  •  Contamination: Each mouse can contaminate much more food than it eats.

Rodent Family

The Order Rodentia is comprised of over 2,000 species, which are subdivided into many families. The Capromyidae, Castoridae, Cricetidae, Erethizontidae, Muridae, Sciuridae and Dipodidae are some of the most common families. The Family Muridae is the largest, containing nearly two-thirds of all rodent species. This family includes several subfamilies and includes sand rats, gerbils, crested rats and old world rats and mice. 

As warm-blooded mammals that, like humans, rodents can be found throughout the world. They have oversized front teeth for gnawing and check teeth, which are adapted for chewing. Rodents chew on a variety of items available to them and cause great damage in and around homes 

Rodents tend to be rapid breeders. Some species breed year-round, and populations are maintained through constant reproduction. Because of the rodents’ body plan, they are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear to be much too small for them. All such holes should be sealed to prevent entry and reentry of rodents. A pest control professional should be contacted for assistance. 

Rats and mice are both extremely destructive within agricultural communities. A number of species feed on seeds and grains. The faeces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces with which they come into contact.

Disease Information

It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent. They are equipped with large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, faeces and urine. 

Therefore if you locate a rodent within your home, it is best to contact a pest management professional for removal and identification. The presence of one rodent within a home could signal an infestation. 

Keep all children and pets away from the rodent. If cornered, the rodent will bite to defend itself.



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