Mouse Infestation: Identification and Control
As the cold winter months draw in mice tend to find their way into people’s homes and businesses to seek shelter and food. Mouse control is a very common occurrence for pest controllers in the winter as the mice seek warmth to build their nests and reproduce and the warm places they find tend to be our properties. Mice can be identified by their light grey or brown fur, small 60-90mm body and a tail of around 100mm.
Signs Of Mice
The biggest sign that you have a mouse infestation is droppings, they are small and dark in colour, other signs include damage to food packaging and woodwork. Of course, the biggest giveaway would be finding the nest itself! Mice often build their nests in places such as, lofts and under the floorboards, and they use materials such as wool, cloth and paper. Mice are most active during the night so it is possible that you will hear them scurrying around looking for food while you’re in bed.
Why Control Mice Infestations?
Mice are known to carry and spread disease some of which can be passed on to humans such as, Salmonella and Listeria which can both cause serious food poisoning. As well as posing a potential health risk mouse, can also cause significant damage to your property. Mice need to constantly gnaw in order to keep their teeth in check and mice find woodwork, pipes and electric cables work well, this however can cause some quite costly problems for us humans!
If you are a business owner and have a mouse infestation no only is it unhygienic but it could also seriously damage your companies reputation as many customer may not wish to give you repeat business if they see signs of a mouse infestation and could even leave bad review they will put of potential new customers.
What You Need To Look Out For:
- Smear Marks – dirty, oily smudge marks on surfaces that mice have come into contact with
- Mouse Droppings– Dark droppings around 3-6mm long
- Nests – Commonly found in lofts, walls, under floorboards and in airing cupboards
- Gnaw Marks – Often found on pipework, cables, wood, furniture, carpets and food packaging
How To Prevent Mice
Look around your property for any gaps or cracks that are 5mm or bigger, if you find any then it is important that you seal them off as these will be the perfect entry points for a mouse. It important to ensure that both inside and outside of your property are kept clutter free to limit potential nesting places for the mice. And any waste food should be cleaned up and stored in a sealed bin both inside and outside of your property, so mice don’t have easy access to a food source.
How To Get Rid Of Mice?
It is important that as soon as you spot signs of a mouse infestation that you deal with it promptly as they are incredibly successful breeders and a population can quickly go from 2 to 100! There are a vast range of mouse traps available to buy, however unless you know what your doing this may not be enough to successfully control the infestation. It is always best to call out a professional pest control at the first signs of a mouse infestation as they have the knowledge, tools and equipment needed to make short work of a mouse infestation.
If your having problems with mice at your home or business, then contact STP Pest control today –
0121 459 3997