There are two species of mice commonly found close to humans, the house mouse and the field mouse. They frequently invade houses, garages and out buildings, seeking a warm, safe environment with a local food source and can squeeze through
openings as small as 6mm.
Mice eat and excrete on food, contaminating it for humans. They urinate on food surfaces, spreading organisms which can cause food poisoning, such as salmonella. They eat most types of food found in domestic kitchens, but prefer grains. Mice have been
known to cause fires by gnawing through electrical cables.
As mice are likely to take poison or step onto traps, treatment is usually straight forward.
Dependant on where the activity is in the property, droppings can sometimes be hard to find. For example, in a loft space the mice tend to run underneath the insulation on the ceiling boards, meaning there may be no droppings visible above the insulation.
Before we start treatment we will need to gather as much information as possible about access points, activity, location and so on.
Questions we may ask include:
- When did the noise/sighting first take place?
- What time of day/night does the noise start?
- Does the noise stay in one specific area?
- Have you found any droppings or signs of chewing inside the property?
- Have you been experiencing any smells?
- Have you used your own poison?
After we have the relevant information we will check the area where most activity has been noted, looking for droppings, urine stains, smear marks and chewing.
Once sufficient evidence of mice has been found inside a property, we will plan the most appropriate treatment process.
It may take up to three visits to control the rodent infestation. The first visit will involve a consultation and set-up process. On the second visit - usually between seven and 14 days after the initial visit - we will check any equipment such as bait or monitoring stations. The third visit should bring the treatment to a close and should take place three to four weeks after the initial visit. During the final visit, all equipment, monitoring or bait stations will be removed from the property.