Mice Infestation

The house mouse, and sometimes the long-tailed Field mouse, seek the warmth and shelter of buildings for nesting sites and food. Their presence is usually detected from their dark-coloured droppings or damage to stored foods in the larder, packaging or woodwork.

TMice become sexually mature in eight to ten weeks, and a pair may produce eight litters each of 16 young, in a year. Multiply those and you arrive at a horrifying number of mice!

They climb well can squeeze through very small gaps. These nibbling nuisances have a compulsive need to gnaw in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. Electric cables, mice may seriously damage all water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them.

 

Mice contaminate far more food than they consume and they are capable of carrying many diseases, particularly food poisoning.

The average mouse sheds 70 droppings in 24 hours and urinates frequently to mark its territory.

Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food.

Treatment

Areas favoured by mice are food storage and preparation areas such as kitchens and pantries. Airing cupboards, sub-floor areas, enclosed pipes and baths in bathrooms and loft areas are also favoured areas. Safeguarding baits in a domestic location will always be a high priority, therefore we always consider using tamper-resistant bait stations. These can be placed under or behind kitchen fittings, behind fridges, under kitchen units, In airing cupboards etc. If baits are to be used in bathroom areas, bath panels can be removed and baits placed under the bath itself. Loft areas usually present a low risk of accessibility from non-targets and often cardboard bait boxes or even open trays are used. It is important to remember that mice feed from many different places during the course of a nights feeding. Control will therefore be achieved by placing a large number of small bait points rather than fewer bigger bait points. In a domestic situation if tamper-resistant baits may be disturbed we always use a non-spill poison.

The usual follow-up time after the initial baiting programme has been established is seven to ten working days, although some situations may require daily visits.