Rats can be a persistent pest once they’re in your home and can quickly spread diseases and cause damage. If you think you might have a rat/mice infestation, here’s what to do.
Know your enemy
You might have a problem with rats/mice if…
Rats typically have pretty poor eyesight, so they’ll stick to established routes along skirting boards and walls. By doing this, grease and dirt on their bodies will leave dark marks on things they repeatedly brush up against. If you spot this, it could be a sign of rodent activity, but may not be a good sign of an active infestation – these marks can remain for a long period of time.
Why are there rats in my house?
Steps to take against rats and mice
Are landlords or tenants responsible for a rat/mouse infestation?
- the rats/mice were a problem when you moved into the property
- a structural problem with the property allowed the rats/mice to enter (i.e. if a hole in the kitchen wall has let them into the house, the landlord must deal with this as a non-urgent repair);
- or if you (as the tenant) have contributed to the problem. If you haven’t removed your rubbish and this has attracted the rats/mice, your landlord could serve you with a Breach of duty notice and require you to arrange the extermination of the rodents.