Signs You Have Rats in the Home

In this article, you’ll find out the common signs of rats in your home. If you’d like to find out about mice instead, you can find more information in our signs of a mice infestation in your home article.


Noticed some unusual, unexplained activity in your home? Don’t panic, we’re here with everything you need to know to tell if you’re imagination has got the better of you or if you really do smell a rat.


These dreaded, long-tailed critters are known for carrying harmful diseases, so it goes without saying that nobody wants to live under the same roof as one (or more) for a second longer than they have to. Before you set about tackling the problem, read up on our list of rat infestation signs to determine if that’s what you’re dealing with.


These are:


  1. Droppings: You may notice them around your garbage, utility room, garage or somewhere else, but wherever they are; they’re a sure sign you’ve got rodents in your home.
  2. Footprints: look out for tracks and footprints, including tail prints around your home. One handy trick to finally know if you have rats is to pour some flour around your home and wait to see if any footprints to appear!
  3. Gnawing: watch out for signs of gnawing on things like packaged food items and any boxes that are lying around your home, as well around pipes, ducts and vents.
  4. Sounds: one of the clearest tell-tale signs that you have rats is the noises they make as they make their way through your walls and pipes. Listen out for scratching and scuffling, especially at night, when they may be more active due to everyone else being out of the way in bed.
  5. Unusual pet activity: are your pets behaving in a way that’s unusual for them? If you find them pawing at walls, cabinets or around your fridge it might be because they’ve sniffed out a rat!
  6. Burrows: check the outside of your home for signs of rat burrows, which could look like holes or lumps in the earth or soil.


Is it mouse or rat poop?

If you’re wondering how to tell if you have rats or mice, one of the best ways to find out is through the size of their poop. Although it’s not pleasant to think about, and you certainly shouldn’t handle or get too close to any droppings, being aware of the difference between rat and mice faeces is one of the easiest ways to tell which type of rodent you have.


While the droppings are the same colour and shape, mouse droppings are around 1/8” long while rat droppings are much larger at ¾” for the Norway Rat and ½” for the Roof Rat (or Black Rat). Some people also wonder whether rats actually leave droppings like mice do, and the answer is yes! That’s why, if you’ve spotted some around your home, it’s important to check their size to discover which of the two critters it is.


The first step towards dealing with a suspected rat problem is to determine if that is, in fact, what you’ve got. Using these signs as your guide, this should be fairly easy to do, meaning you can move your focus onto treating the problem effectively with one of our no-mess Corner Fit Bait Stations.


Still not sure if you’ve got mice or rats? Check out our article on signs you have mice in your home to be sure!