Rats and mice must be one of the most unwelcome garden or house guests and not without good reason. Both carry disease which can potentially be very serious to humans e.g. Weil's disease from rats, infects about 200 people a year potentially causing kidney or liver failure. Lyme disease from mice causes fever and headaches.
Both should be eradicated as soon as possible, from you garden or home.
Rats will dig burrows in your garden, particularly in compost heaps and under sheds or decking
- Mice leave small dark droppings, rats leave 1-2cm long droppings
- Nests are often of shredded material