As well as having a significant impact on food production, rats can carry over thirty different diseases dangerous to humans, including Weil’s disease, typhus, salmonella and bubonic plague. Their bodies are longer than 12 cm (5 inches), so they’re easy to spot.
Mice are 1-2 inches long and seek the warmth and shelter of buildings for nesting sites and food, leaving dark coloured droppings or damage to food products, packaging or building fabric. They gnaw constantly to keep their incisor teeth worn down, shed 70 droppings in 24 hours and reproduce at an alarming rate.
The grey squirrel can find their way into roof spaces and tear up insulation to use as nest material and gnaw timbers or even electrical insulation. As well as in the home, they can raid bird feeders and dig holes in your garden.
After baiting, trapping and removal is completed, the objective of proofing is to close all present and potential openings that may serve as entries for rats, mice and squirrels.