Pest advice for controlling Mice
Can you hear the pitter-patter of tiny footsteps behind the skirting? Does Tom keep bringing Jerry in from the garden?
Mice are a part of British wildlife – but when they take up residence with you, they can be a cause for concern.
Active all year round, mice are one of the most common pest species in the UK.
The dangers: why we control mice
Although mice are often considered to be cute by some people, they are a public health pest and can cause serious harm.
Mice have been known to spread nasty diseases – such as Salmonella and Listeria – to humans through their urine, droppings and bedding.
Mice have a need to mark their territory with their urine and due to their sporadic eating habits, build nests near food sources. This puts anyone with an infestation at risk of food poisoning.
As they scurry around, they carry dirt and bacteria with them, transferring it to your counter tops, cabinets, pantry and anywhere else they travel.
These nibbling nuisances can also cause a lot of property damage, due to their compulsive need to gnaw to maintain their teeth at a constant length.
Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice – many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them.
Mice around businesses
Property and land owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.
Owners of food businesses also have obligations to keep premises pest-free under the Food Safety Act 1990.
Environmental Health Officers or General Enforcement Officers can issue enforcement notices to business owners who don’t have adequate pest management procedures in place.
If not complied with, these can lead to fines or even a stint in jail and a criminal record.
And if a company or organization has a highly publicized mouse problem, then it will heavily impact its reputation.
If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you.
And several widely shared social media posts can help spread a negative image.
Types of mice in the UK
In regards to pest management, there are two common types of the mouse in the UK to be aware of:
- House mouse (Mus musculus domesticus)
- Field mouse or wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus).
If you come into contact with a mouse, chances are it’s a house mouse. Three guesses why?
These mice are known as “commensal rodents”, which refers to them living with or in close proximity to humans.
Commensalism is defined as a long-term interaction in which members of one species (ie mice) gain benefits, while those of the other species (ie humans) neither benefit nor are harmed.
Field mice are much more suited to nesting outdoors, but will possibly move indoors once the weather gets colder.
Habitat: how mice choose a home
House mice are found in and around human structures as they rely on warmth and shelter for nesting sites and our readily available food sources.
The tell-tale signs mice are about
Their presence is usually detected from one of the following signs:
- Mice droppings – these are often black, and about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Fresh droppings will be soft and moist. Each mouse can leave approximately 80 droppings per day. Common places to find mouse droppings are under the kitchen sink, around central heating boilers and in roof spaces
- Strong ammonia smell – mice urinate frequently
- Smear marks – these are dark grey marks left on surfaces by repeated contact with the oils in mouse fur
- Nests – sometimes nests can be found indoors for example in lofts, under floorboards or in airing cupboards
- Damage to stored food in cupboards and pantries
- Gnaw marks on materials such as wood, carpets, paper, pipe cables and furniture.
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Professional pest control Services
For any mouse infestation, we would always recommend contacting MIDS Pest Control early as this can reduce the cost of treatment that mice can cause.
We are trained in mouse control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.
Knowing how much, where, and when to deploy products is where the professionals like us able to take control of situations efficiently.
MIDS pest controllers officers will take integrated pest management (IPM) approach to tackle your infestation.
A pest professional will have access to monitoring equipment and knowledge that will help us to confirm entry points into your property, the size of the infestation, and to track the mouse to its harbourage (nest).
We will then recommend a proofing strategy and decide on the best course of action in terms of control