If you have a mouse in your house, after dark (mice are generally nocturnal) you may hear scampering feet above your ceiling or inside your cavity walls. Your first signs may be that you discover mouse droppings or gnawed boxes in the kitchen, loft or garage. Another sign you have mice can be the distinctive odour that mice emit.
Each case is different, so in the first instance we will do a survey to determine:
Why you have the infestation in the first place
What is the be way to eradicate the infestation
What do we have to do to stop future infestations
All the different types of mice have the potential to bring infection and destruction into your home.
Description of a mouse:
Size - Body 5-7cm (2-3 inches), Tail 7-10cm (3-4 inches). The tail is longer than the body. Ears – large
Droppings – Black, rice grain size and shape
Damage – Gnawing cables, woodwork, cardboard and plastic.
Food – will eat pretty much anything available
Sounds – Gnawing and scratching
Active – Mainly at night
Many people have phobias against the tiny house mouse, often it’s down to their quick, unpredictable movements. Some fear how easily they can hide and travel around the house and for others it’s just how unhygienic they are.
Distribution of mice:
Mice (Mus musculus) are classed as commensal rodents, which means they ‘live of man’s table”. Basically, they are here because we are here, they live in our properties, sharing our food and shelter. House mice primarily feed on plant matter, but they will also eat dairy products and meat. They don’t drink much water as they need so little moisture can be obtained through their food. Disgustingly. they will eat their own droppings to get extra nutrients produced by bacteria in their guts!
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 constantly.
Life cycle of mice:
As the most common rodent pest in the world, a female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s 150 babies a year! Each of these female babies become sexually mature at 6 weeks. They breed at an extraordinary rate and from a breeding pair, in the right conditions you could end up with up to a thousand mice !
House mice mainly live in houses and are most often found in the wall cavities, loft spaces, under floor boards and under kitchen worktops. However, they are so adaptable and climb so well they can be found virtually anywhere. They breed throughout the year and often share nests with their "relatives".
They can be very discreet when numbers are low, but can very easily take over your home.