A mouse infestation in the home or business can not only be upsetting but pose the risk of mice causing damage, introducing disease and ruining a businesses’ reputation. We are the experts in mouse control so will ensure a safe and effective eradication of that troublesome infestation.
If you are unsure as to whether you have a mouse infestation, then arrange a rodent inspection with us. Our qualified rodent expert will conduct a thorough property survey looking for signs of an infestation. If an infestation is confirmed, a treatment will be implemented that will identify any proofing issues that have allowed the mice to gain access to the property, as well as making recommendations to prevent future issues.
Mouse Diseases: Mice are serious public health pests due to the number of diseases that they can transmit. These include:
This highlights the need for good hygiene practices when a mouse infestation is present.
Mouse Contamination: Once they gain access to our homes and businesses they will contaminate our food and food preparation areas with urine, droppings and hairs. Although mice only eat small amounts of food, the contamination of uncovered food products and packaging results in whole cupboards of food products being spoiled.
Mouse Damage: The chewing damage caused by mice can be considerable and can have serious financial implications. They will chew wood, plastic, plaster and upholstered furniture. Sometimes they will chew electrical cables and water pipes which then introduces the risk of fire and flooding.
Mice Cause Loss of Reputation: An infestation in a business (especially a food business) can lead to damaging publicity resulting in loss of customers or even the closure of a business. Social media feeds about pest issues in businesses intensifies the speed at which these stories are made public knowledge. There have been many court cases involving well know food retailers that have resulted in huge fines been imposed.
Mice are excellent climbers and can squeeze through gaps as small as a pencil’s diameter. The following are examples of proofing issues that will allow mice to gain access to our properties:
Gaps around pipes and cables: There are often small gaps left where water pipes and cables pass through walls and mice will readily enter these gaps and gain access to the interior of the property or access to the cavity wall.
Gaps in brickwork/stonework: Gaps in the pointing or weep holes will allow mice to access buildings. Gaps around doors and windows that have not been properly sealed will also allow mice to access the cavity walls. Especially common are gaps that have not been sealed under door thresholds.
Climbing plants: Plants such as ivy offer a climbing frame to mice that can then enter our roof spaces. Shrubs and vegetation that grow around the walls of buildings will offer harbourage sites to mice.
Infested Goods: A delivery to a business should always be checked before storage within the building. If a mouse infestation is confirmed then the delivery should be rejected. It is also good practice to check items that are destined for the home as mouse infested second hand furniture has been known.
When a mouse gains access to a property, they leave tell tale signs that we as pest controllers are looking for:
Live sightings: Seeing live mice running around the property will obviously confirm an active infestation. If juvenile mice are seen, this could indicate that breeding has taken place and the infestation is established. Observing mice in several locations will tell us that the infestation is likely to be intense and extensive.
Mouse Droppings: Mice produce around 70 droppings a day and deposit these in any area they are active. The size of the droppings can tell us if there are both adults and young present (3mm to 7mm). The droppings are often spindle shaped and the texture of the droppings can reveal if they are fresh or old droppings (fresh droppings are soft and shiny, old droppings become hard and dull). The colour of the droppings can indicate what the mice have been feeding on. When mice eat our coloured rodenticides, the colour passes through their digestive system which results in coloured droppings.
Mouse Noises: Often the first indications of a mouse infestation are the scratching, scurrying or chewing noises that are heard, especially on a night. As mice are nocturnal in nature, it is usually the homeowner that is subject to sleepless nights caused by these noises emanating from the loft space.
Mouse Chewing Damage: As mice have constantly growing incisor teeth, they are continually chewing things in their environment. On some items this can leave the indicative impressions of the incisor teeth (1mm wide parallel grooves). They will also enlarge gaps around pipes and cables that allow them to access to other areas and the size of this enlargement will also determine that mice are the culprit.
Mouse Footprints and Tail Swipes: In dusty locations such as lofts, under kitchen units etc. mice footprints and tail swipes can often be found which, dependent of their condition, can indicate if the prints are fresh.
Mouse Smear Marks: When mice are regularly moving up, through and around objects, they will leave dark smear marks that are caused when grease and dirt on their bodies is rubbed off on the surfaces they contact.
Mouse Nest: Mice will chew a variety of materials to make their nests such as paper, plastic wrapping, grass, loft insulation etc. Nests will be made anywhere that a mouse feels secure and will often be constructed near a heat source.
Mouse Smell: A heavy infestation of mice produces a distinctive ammonia-like odour caused by the build up of droppings and urine. This smell can linger long after the infestation has been eradicated.
Mouse Urine Pillars: These are small mounds made up of dirt, grease and urine that are used by mice as a means of communication. These are only found in long standing infestations.
When we have carried out our initial survey of your property we will then devise a control programme to eradicate the mice. This can involve the use of mouse traps or rodenticides or both. Mice are sporadic feeders that will eat small amounts of food from many feeding sites and therefore a successful mouse control programme relies on accommodating this feeding behaviour.
Mouse Traps: Mouse traps can be baited with an attractive bait that will entice the mouse to investigate the trap. The trap needs to be set in a location where the mice are active and ideally at right angles to a wall. Some traps can be adjusted to various settings, so the slightest touch triggers the trap. These traps need to be checked on a regular schedule, so they can be emptied and reset.
Mouse Rodenticides: As a professional pest control company we have access to many types of rodenticides that will kill mice. The rodenticides that we use are only available to professional pest controllers with relevant qualifications and as such are very palatable and effective against mice. As with traps, these baits need to be placed in sufficient numbers and in areas of activity to ensure the rapid eradication of the mouse infestation.
Safety Considerations: Before undertaking any treatment, we will carry out a risk assessment to ensure that any risks to people, animals and the environment are minimised. This can involve placing baits/traps in lockable bait stations, placing bait/traps in areas that are inaccessible to people and pets, using formulations of bait that cannot be spilled.
Follow-up Schedule: It is essential that we revisit on a regular basis to ensure that any traps are emptied and reset, and bait points replenished. During these revisits it is essential to review the control programme so that the mouse infestation is successfully eradicated.
Mouse treatment completion: When the treatment is completed and the mouse infestation has been eradicated, it is essential that we remove all the baits/traps. We will then undertake any proofing issues that have been requested by the customer. We have an array of specialist professional proofing products that will ensure that mice are denied access to your home and business. Products include:
Appearance: The house mouse adult (head and body) is 60mm to 90mm long and the tail is about as long as the head and body. The colour of their fur ranges from grey to light brown, which is slightly lighter on the underside. Adult mice weight around 25g.
Life Cycle: Mice become sexually mature at around 2 months and after mating, the females give birth to 5-8 young (pups) 21 days later. The pups are born blind, hairless and totally dependent on their mother. Mice exhibit post-partum oestrus which mean the females can become pregnant while they are still weaning. This allows a mouse population to rapidly grow, and in ideal circumstances, a female can give birth every month.
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