Expert's 5p test 'keeps rats and mice out of your home'

Rats and mice are most active between September and November
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With temperatures rising, homeowners might start to see a flurry of furry activity around their homes as pests make the most of the summer season to find a perfect nesting space. But, instead of leaving it to chance a DIY expert said there was a quick test all homeowners could do to "significantly reduce pests picking their property to hunker down in".

Glen Peskett, DIY expert at Saxton Blades Multitools, said: “Homeowners ahead of rising temperatures should conduct the 5p test. Take a wander around the edge of your shed or home and look closely and any gap bigger than a 5p coin should be sealed up immediately.

"The last thing you want is them entering your home and snacking on wiring, which could cause fires or shocks. Removing any entry points is going to reduce mice significantly.”

Other ways to keep rats and mice away

Peppermint oil - Soak cotton buds in peppermint oil and place them around the outside doors and windows. The strong smell will keep pests away from trying to enter your home.

Dryer sheets - Placing dryer sheets in places where they might nest is a key way to stop them from burrowing once they're in your home. This includes places like pantries or in the attic.

a mouse outside
The mouse population increases in the warmer months -Credit:Pexels

What attracts mice to your home?

Clutter in the attic or shed - to bury and create a nest.

Dry food stores - cereals, grains, pastas that are not secured in a pest-proof box.

Cool spaces away from the heat - any small entryways - anything bigger than a 5p - can give entry to mice.

What damage can mice do to your house?

Rats and mice themselves aren't usually an issue. The main problem they can cause is damage to electrical cables by biting through them, which can increase the likelihood of a fire.