More Information About Mice

More Information About Mice

As winter sets in and Christmas draws closer, the temperatures outside have started to drop. This can lead to mice entering homes as they search for warmth and shelter from the cold. So far, this winter has been no exception, as we have been experiencing a large number of enquiries regarding mice in customers’ homes.

What are the common signs that mice might be sharing your home?

  • Seeing a mouse – This is a very obvious sign that you are sharing your home with a mouse.
  • Droppings – Mice produce an average of 80 droppings each day. Their droppings are black and about the size and shape of a grain of rice.
  • Noises – Scratching noises can often be heard if mice are present in loft spaces, wall cavities or ceiling voids. This might keep you awake at night.
  • Damage to food – As mice seek a food source, there may be food (as well as packaging) in cupboards that has been nibbled.
  • Gnawing – This can include pipes, wires, insulation and even Christmas decorations! Due to a gap in their teeth, called a diastema, they can spit any chewed material out and therefore don’t eat it.

What can be done to control mice?

One of the best ways to stop mice is by blocking off their route into the building. This is sometimes easier said than done, as mice can fit through gaps as small as 6mm – about the size of a pea! It may not always be possible to find entry points, particularly in old buildings.

When it comes to carrying out a treatment against mice, Pest Solution always adhere to the code of best practice as set out by the Campaign of Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). We will always try to use trapping methods first and we endeavour to minimise our use of rodenticides. By not using rodenticides straight away, it ensures that no other wildlife is harmed and removes the chance of a mouse dying in a wall cavity and leaving a nasty smell in time for Christmas!

If you would like to know more information about the services we offer regarding rodent control, get in touch with Pest Solution’s friendly and knowledgeable staff by clicking here.

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