Mice can cause extensive damage to property as a result of their gnawing. They are also often carriers of fleas and a wide range of diseases which can be passed on to humans and household pets.
Mice are differentiated from rats by their smaller size and longer tail. They are brown to grey in colour and weigh between 10-25g.
Mice are very versatile when it comes to building their nests and will use many different materials. A nest can be made from twigs, shredded paper and even loft insulation. A mouse is able to reproduce when it is between 8 and 12 weeks old. Litters can contain as many as 16 young but this depends on environmental conditions such as food availability and outside temperature.
Areas favoured by mice are food storage and preparation areas such as kitchens and pantries.
When eating, fighting or orienting itself, the mouse will stand on its hind legs supported by its tails. They are excellent swimmers, jumpers and climbers. Mice can climb rough, vertical surfaces. They are fast runners, moving on all fours and hold their tail up straight for balance. They are nocturnal creatures and are most active from sunset to sunrise. A mouse can fit through a gap the size of a 5 pence piece!
- Mice are afraid of rats. Rat odour is stressful to mice and will affect their behaviour and reproduction.
- Mice have an inherent musky odour
- They are colour blind, but have a keen sense of smell, hearing, touch and taste
- They can be found indoors and outdoors, in urban and rural areas.
- Droppings, gnawing and tracks are signs of a mouse infestation.
The Solution - Control techniques
Control techniques should be designed to eliminate the infestation completely, since any remaining rodents will produce a rapid re-infestation. Control techniques can be chemical and non-chemical. Non-chemical techniques may be used on their own, such as the utilisation of live traps, glue boards and traditional back breakers but more often these methods are used to complement chemical control. Some additional non-chemical techniques such as ultrasound have not been proven to be as effective as long-term control measures.
The use of rodenticide contact dusts, gels, baits and traps will, when used professionally control an ongoing rodent infestation. AG Pest Management's staff has many years experience in eradicating rodent infestations successfully. Contact us on 01226 288844.