CHEESED OFF WITH MICE
Although they are cuter than their Rat cousins, house mice can cause an equal amount of damage and health problems in your home. They want to get to your food and enjoy the warmth of your property.
They can squeeze through holes as small as a five pence piece, or gaps as narrow as a pencil. Being mainly active during the quiet of the night, they spread germs and disease as they search around, nibbling things they come across, like packaging and wiring. They are expert climbers and jumpers, giving them access to almost any surface in your property.
DEALING WITH MICE
Signs of a mouse infestation could be droppings, gnawed furniture and packaging, and a damp musky odour. They will contaminate far more food than they consume and they are capable of carrying many diseases.
Mice numbers can quickly increase as they are sexually mature at 8 to 10 weeks and a pair can produce eight litters of up to sixteen young in 12 months. So, prompt action to reduce population and locate entry points is essential to start the eradication of your cute but troublesome visitors.
HOW TO IDENTIFY
Although there are several varieties of mouse living in the UK, the common house mouse is the most distructive. The adult house mouse is small and slender, with a body length of only 1 to 2 inches long excluding the tail. It has large round ears and is usually light grey or brown in colour.
This shy little mouse sheds over 70 droppings over 24 hours and urinates regularly to mark its territory, so it’s likely this will be how you will identify a house mouse problem.