What do they look like?
The most common mouse found in buildings is the house mouse, weighing less than 25g. The fur colour varies between light brown and grey.
Where do they live?
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. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm, but mouse holes are normally 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.
What do they eat?
Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything. Most of the damage they do is by gnawing. They also spoil food with urine and droppings. Mice will gnaw their way through wood to get to sources of food.
What are the signs of infestation?
There are a number of signs to look out for and if found, may indicate mouse activity.
Droppings are often black, rod shaped and 3-6mm long. Fresh droppings will be soft and moist. Each mouse can leave a large number of droppings per day. Smears
These are dark grey marks left on surfaces by repeated contact with the oils in mouse fur.
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 get rid of mice?
It is important to get rid of mice quickly, as house mice reproduce rapidly.
We use poison (Rodenticide)
We put poison in a safe and secure places out of reach of children and pets and give advice on proofing after the treatment.
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