What are the signs
There are a number of signs to look
out for and if found may indicate mouse activity.
Droppings are often black, rod shaped and 3 - 6 mm long. Fresh
droppings will be soft and moist. Each mouse can leave approximately
80 droppings per day. Common places to find mouse droppings are
under the kitchen sink, around central heating boilers and in
These are dark grey markes left on surfaces by repeat4ed contact
with the oils in mouse fur.
Sometimes nests can be found indoors, for example in lofts and
under floorboards or in airing cupboards.
Mice gnaw continually on materials such as wood, carpets, paper,
pipe cables and furniture. Check for damage to foodstuffs in cupboards.
Why must mice be
In addition to the damage caused through gnawing, mice
have been known to spread diseases such as salmonella and listeria
which lead to food poisoning and stomach upsets.
How can I prevent
Householders can assist in preventing mouse infestation
by taking a number of simple precautions:
- Keep your home in good repair, mice only need
a gap the diameter of a pencil to gain entry.
- Remove potential nesting sites by keeping
yards and gardens clean and tidy, and by cutting back overgrown
- Seal gaps around heating and water pipes.
- Ventilation bricks and slots should already
have fine wire mesh incorporated. If this is worn, replace
it externally with 3.15 mm insect mesh.
- Do not leave household waste where mice can
get access to it, close dustbin lids and composters and do
not feed wild birds to excess - you may be feeding mice as
How can I
get rid of mice?
It is important to get rid of mice quickly, as house mice reproduce
rapidly. It is possible to carry this work out yourself, however
a professional pest control expert will always have more technical
expertise and access to rodenticides that are not available over
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