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Rodent Control Tips for a Rat-Free Home in 2023

Start 2023 Rodent free with our tips and the great new year clean up!

It’s time to clear away the decorations, dispose (or preferably plant out!) the tree and to get back into a normal routine. So what advice can we give residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire for starting the New Year Pest Free?!

In 2022, rats were a common problem in many homes. Not only do they cause damage to property and spread disease, but they can also be difficult to get rid of. If you’re looking for ways to keep your home rodent-free in 2023, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with tips and advice on how to get rid of rats and keep your home rodent-free.

5 Top Tips to start 2023 Pest Free

  1. Clear away the decorations and make sure you pack them up in secure, sealed boxes before putting them away in the loft. It’s a good idea to use a solid plastic box rather than a cardboard box which mice and rats can easily chew through.

  2. Give the house a good clean – don’t wait for Spring! – make sure all the leftover Christmas food and wrapping paper is disposed of properly by putting it in bing bags and into your waste or recycling bins ready for collection by the Council. Left over food and wrapping paper make perfect food and harbourage sources for rats and mice.

  3. Dipose of your Christmas tree properly or preferably plant it out for next year. Don’t pile up Christmas trees and other debris in your garden as this provides a great coverage for rats.

  4. Start on your general maintenance and upkeep for 2023 – key areas to focus on are removing all those fallen leaves from gutters and drain covers. Rats and mice use gutters and drains to access properties and it’s far easier to see where you have entry points if your drains and gutters are clear. It’s also a good way to spot whether there are any repairs that need attending to.

  5. Check around your house to see whether the recent weather conditions have caused any entry points to open up or to get worse.

Make sure you pest proof your home – PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford and Worcester can help with your pest prevention needs.

If you think you may have a rat or mouse problem then make sure you deal with it straight away. Don’t ignore the problem as it will only get worse.

How to Identify a Rat or Mouse Infestation

  • Droppings – look out for rat or mice droppings.

  • Urine – mice and rats urinate which can spread disease. Rats’ urine in particular has a very strong pungent smell.

  • Burrows or nests.

  • Unexpected crumbs, shredded paper or cardboard or chewed pipes and skirting boards are also signs of rats or mice.

  • You can see them! If you see a rat or mouse it’s likely you have a pest issue already.

Rodent Control Tips for a Rat-Free Home

  • Seal off entry points to prevent rodents from entering.

  • Eliminate any food sources that may attract rodents.

  • Use humane traps and repellents to catch and remove rats.

  • Regularly clean and maintain your home to discourage rodents.

  • Contact a pest control professional if the infestation is severe.

By following these tips, you can ensure your home is rodent-free in 2023 and beyond. Regular maintenance and prevention are key to keeping pests away for good.


If you have a rat or mouse problem in Hereford or Worcester get in touch with PGM & Son Pest Control for all your rodent extermination needs, click on the below location for more information.

Call PGM & Son Rodent Control on 01981 540088 or use our emergency number 07964 370 480. You can also email us at or use the live chat facility on our website and if we’re not available on the live chat for any reason then there’s a handy message service for you to leave your details so we can call you back.

Rodent Control Tips for a rat-free home in 2023

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