People often ask us what they can do to prevent rats and mice from invading their gardens. There are a few simple precautions you can take to help with this, and it's as important to do this in winter as in summer - if not more so, as rodents are more desperate for food and shelter in cold weather.
The most obvious advice is not to leave any kind of food outdoors, including pet food. Also, don't leave out any plastic bin bags containing food waste, as this is basically a buffet for rodents! Compost bins containing food scraps are also tempting.
Tidy up your garden area. Piles of wood or leaves make great homes for mice and rats.
Check your outhouses, sheds and children's playhouses. As you don't use these much in the winter rodents can live happily in them for weeks or months on end. Before winter arrives fill in any cracks or gaps, as mice and rats can squeeze through surprisingly tiny spaces!
Following these tips should minimise your chances of being invaded by rodents in the winter.