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Mice Problem or Infestation?
Introduction to Mice
Mice have an acute sense of hearing. Their presence is usually detected from their dark-coloured droppings or damage to stored foods in the larder, packaging or woodwork. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.
Mice live in nests that they build out of cloth, wool and paper. Nests are often built inside houses, in places such as roof spaces, under floors or in wall cavities, and wherever there is access to a good source of food, especially during the winter.
Common signs of mouse activity are:
Mice droppings - Droppings are often black, rod-shaped and 3-6mm long. Common places to find mouse droppings are under the kitchen sink, around central heating boilers and in roof spaces.
Smear marks - These are dark grey marks left on surfaces by repeated contact with the oils in mouse fur.
Nests - Nests can be found indoors for example in lofts, 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 Control Mice?
Diseases - Mice have been known to spread some nasty diseases to humans such as Salmonella, Listeria, which can cause food poisoning.
Damage - Mice have a compulsive need to gnaw to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. They can cause damage to Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them.
Reputation - Mice can ruin an organisation's reputation. If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you and share this negative experience.
How to prevent Mice?
Eliminate any access points such as sealing gaps around pipes and under sheds; Mice only need a gap of 5mm to gain entry, but normally they are 20-30mm in diameter.
Remove potential nesting sites by keeping yards and gardens clean and tidy, by cutting back overgrown areas and clearing any piles of wood/debris.
Cover any household waste where mice can get access to it, close dustbin lids and cover compost heaps.
How to get rid of Mice?
As Mice are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly it is important to get ride of Mice quickly - this combination can make mouse control a difficult task.
For any mouse infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA, like Pest Off. They are trained and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.
However, if you decide to carry out the work yourself, then you can buy amateur use poisons and traps from a hardware store or garden centre. Due to Mice habits, traditional baiting techniques and trapping frequently do not work, and a combination may be necessary. You must also ensure:
Traps and rodenticides are in a safe and secure place out of reach of children and pets.
When using rodenticides always follow the instructions on the label.
Search for and dispose of any dead rodents in a safe manner.
Why Choose Pest Off?
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