Dealing with Rats and Mice: Tips for Property Managers

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As a property manager, your priority is maintaining the value of your client’s home. From finding good tenants to identifying damage early on, your diligence keeps homes in good condition – and keeps your clients happy.

Whether reported by a tenant or witnessed during a house inspection, dealing with a rat or mice infestation fast is essential. Pest infestations can quickly cause serious damage to properties, leaving your tenants – as well as your clients – with a damaged home and costly expenses.

At The Pest Guys in Perth, we specialise in helping property managers and owners get rid of rat and mice infestations. With effective and efficient services, our professionals minimise downtime and let your tenants get back to living comfortably in your property.

How to Spot Rats and Mice 

Conducting a routine property inspection or heard a report about rats or mice? Here’s what to look out for when you’re visiting a property.

Droppings

If you spot small brown droppings, shaped like a grain of rice, they could indicate a rat or mice infestation. Droppings also point to active areas and give you a good starting point to identify where your infestation may be at its peak.

Rub Marks

Rats and mice are dirty and greasy by nature. When they scurry around a home, they may leave grease and rub marks along walls, surfaces and windows.

Scratching Noises 

Scratching noises at night are one of the most typical indicators of a rat or mice infestation. Ask your tenant about whether they’ve heard anything unusual. Sounds can come from under floors, within walls and even above the ceiling.

Holes

Mice and rats are known for creating burrows for shelter, storage and nesting. They do so by gathering materials and sometimes even chewing through walls to find the perfect spot. Keep your eye out on areas with strange holes and burrows or small holes in the walls that you haven’t noticed before.

Nests

If you spot shredded materials like insulation, cardboard, paper, furniture, linen and other items, rats or mice may be making nests in a property. Nests can be found outdoors underground or in roofs and attics.

Footprints

Rats and mice commonly leave footprints in dusty or dirty areas. From windowsills to attic surfaces, small footprints may lead you to food sources, nests, shelters and other active areas for rats and mice.

Rid Homes of Rats and Mice Fast

If you think a property you manage might be home to rats or mice, or may have a pest control problem, contact The Pest Guys. As Perth’s experienced professionals, we specialise in completing thorough inspections and eliminating pest infestations fast. Coming prepared with all necessary equipment, products and treatments, we restore hygiene and safety to properties of all sizes.