Filed under: Pest Control

Published: 19th October 2017

Autumn has arrived, whilst leaves and temperatures are falling, our call outs for rats and mice are increasing.

Generally speaking, it’s not an uncommon phenomenon for rodent sightings to increase this time of year as the seasons change. Increases in rain and autumnal temperatures can clear rats out of sewers and other nesting places. They then go in search for shelter in higher ground.

Similarly, mice (although not sewer dwellers) may also be seen scampering about whilst seeking a warm, dry sheltered environment.

Why control?

Mainly active at night they can be heard under floorboards, in roof spaces or in wall cavities. Your furniture, electric cabling, gas and water pipes can all be damaged due to their compulsive gnawing, which can lead to floods, fires and electrocutions.


House Mice can carry diseases which are harmful to humans including Salmonella and Listeria.


Rats (usually the Brown Rat in mainland UK), can also unsurprisingly carry diseases which are harmful to humans. Rats do this via spreading their urine which can often contaminate surfaces in your home or business.

Who to call?

Rats and mice breed rapidly, so if you think you have a problem it is especially important to contact us quickly. The SCH Better Places team has the technical knowledge and use of specialised products and equipment not available to the general public. Our three part treatments start from £100.

Residential customers in Solihull can call Solihull Council’s Connect service on 0121 704 8000 to book an appointment, commercial customers can fill out an online form or call 0121 779 8900.