Rodents Inspection Checks

Rodents Inspection Checks

The key to effective inspections is to identify the primary harbourage, feeding and activity areas of rodents also known as "rodent zones". The rodent zones are those areas between the nest and food sources. Since finding rodent nests can feel like a game of hide and seek, here are a few tools to give you an edge.

Below is a listing of the most common harbourage sites utilized by the House Mouse and Common Rat.

Top 10 High Activity Areas of Rodents

House Mouse

  • Secluded corners
  • Beneath cabinets
  • Furniture voids - couches, chairs, dressers
  • Bases of kitchen appliances - refrigerator, cooker
  • Ceiling and wall voids near corners and heat sources
  • Top of basement and crawl space foundation walls
  • Cluttered, neglected office drawers in desks
  • Storage boxes in closets
  • Cluttered garages
  • Bases of water heaters


Common Rats

  • Basements
  • Beneath wood piles
  • Near or beneath outside dog pens
  • Garage walls near heaters and stored food
  • Beneath low-lying decking
  • Beneath slab walkways
  • Within brick foundation wall voids
  • Beneath low-lying and cavernous shrubbery
  • Within 30m of rubbish bins
  • Beneath slabs supporting food bins

Inspection Checklists

As the first step in effective rodent control, a thorough home inspection should lead you to the rodent nests or burrow. However, if you are having trouble locating those nests, the following printable checklists will allow you to zero in on these high-activity areas. They will also help you to determine areas that need to be rodent-proofed.

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