We all know that rodents are sneaky, agile creatures, capable of finding their way into the smallest of spaces. But seeing a rodent on your property usually comes as quite a shock. No one expects to see a mouse in their house, yet they are a relatively common sight.
Mice are opportunistic scavengers; they will search for any kind of gap or crack they can squeeze through to find food and shelter. Their ability to squeeze through even the smallest of gaps enables them to find their way into homes and other buildings, even when there’s no obvious entry point. They will enter homes through holes in floors, walls, and foundations. They will also use any gaps in your windows or ceilings and even sewer lines to find their way in.
Rats are much larger and find it more difficult to find gaps large enough to squeeze through. However, they have much larger and stronger teeth. Rat’s teeth never stop growing, so they have to constantly chew on whatever they can find to keep them the right size. As a result, rats are more likely to force their way into your home by chewing through the walls or using pipework.
Both mice and rats enter homes looking for food and shelter. If you don’t tidy up properly after yourself and leave exposed food on the floor or other services, rodents will find a way to take advantage of the free meal. During the colder months, both mice and rats need warm environments to shelter in; people’s homes are the perfect solution. During the breeding season, they need somewhere to nest and raise their young. There are plenty of spots on most people’s properties that are far safer than nesting outdoors.