Advice on detering Pests?

Keeping mice out

Despite good standards of hygiene and proofing, infestations sometimes occur. If mice have entered your home and are causing a problem, it will be necessary to remove them.

Telltale signs of mice include small black droppings near food, scratching noises, signs of gnawing and sometimes a strong musky odour.

Ways to get rid of mice

There are many ways to get rid of mice, ranging from humane removal to lethal methods.

Humane methods

Pets

Having pets around, especially dogs and cats, should persuade mice that it's not worth the risk to make your house their home. Bear in mind that cats might also have other thoughts on humane mouse disposal!
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Lethal methods

Electronic mouse removal

Mice are attracted to the unit by bait. Once they enter the trap a footplate is depressed which triggers an electric volt. The trap is designed so that the body can be emptied into a bin.

Traps

These come in various sizes and forms, the most well known being the spring-loaded type. Traps are widely available and can generally be effective if placed in the right locations. This method can be cruel to the rodent (limbs and tails can become trapped rather than instantaneous death occurring) and you may have to kill the mouse yourself once it's caught. You will also need to dispose of the carcass. Traps will not keep mice from returning to your home. Do not be tempted to use glue traps. These are inhumane, inefficient and pose a danger to pets and other animals.

Chemicals

Be aware that this method involves rodenticides/poisons which are inhumane and extremely toxic to humans and animals. The mice may die in hard to reach areas of your home, preventing you from disposing of them and causing greater hygienic issues. There is also the risk that pets and other animals might consume the poison or eat a poisoned mouse, resulting in illness and even death.

Keeping Rats out

Despite good standards of hygiene and proofing, infestations sometimes occur. If rats have entered your home and are causing a problem, it will be necessary to remove them.

Ways to get rid of rats

There are many ways to get rid of rats, ranging from humane removal to lethal methods.

Humane methods

Pets

Having pets around, especially cats and dogs, should persuade rats that it's not worth the risk to make your house their home. Bear in mind that cats might also have other thoughts on humane rat disposal!

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Lethal methods

Electronic rat removal

Rats are attracted to the unit by bait. Once they enter the trap a footplate is depressed which triggers an electric volt. The trap is designed so that the body can be emptied into a bin.

Traps

These come in various sizes and forms, the most well known being the spring-loaded type. This method can be cruel to the rodent (limbs and tails can become trapped rather than instantaneous death occurring) and you may have to kill the rat yourself once it's caught. You will also need to dispose of the carcass. If choosing to use a spring-loaded trap, make sure that you buy one specifically made for rats. A trap that's too weak could lead to unnecessary suffering and you may again have to kill the rat yourself.Do not be tempted to use glue traps. These are inhumane, inefficient and pose a danger to pets and other animals.

Through my experience most diy shop items have limited effect on the pests  and the only certain way to cure a  rodent /vermin problem is to call in a expert for peace of mind  call Catchers Pest Control