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Mice

What are the signs of infestation?

There are a number of signs to look out for and if found may indicate mouse activity.

Mice droppings
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 roof spaces.

Smears
These are dark grey markes left on surfaces by repeat4ed contact with the oils in mouse fur.

Nests
Sometimes nests can be found indoors, for example in lofts and under floorboards or in airing cupboards.

Gnawing
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 controlled?
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 mouse infestation?
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 areas.
  • 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 well.

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 the counter.

Please contact us if you require any assistance.

 

 

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