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What are the signs of infestation?
There are a number of signs to look out for and if found, may indicate mouse activity.
Droppings are often black, rod shaped and 3-6 mm long. 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.
These are dark grey marks left on surfaces by repeated contact with the oils in mouse fur.
Sometimes nests can be found indoors for example in lofts, under floorboards or in airing cupboards.
Mice gnaw continually on materials such as wood, carpets, paper, pipe cables and furniture. Check for damage to foodstuffs in cupboards.
Why must mice be controlled?
In addition to the damage caused through gnawing, mice have been known to spread diseases such as salmonella and listeria, which lead to food poisoning and stomach upsets.
What do they look like?
The most common mouse found in buildings is the house mouse, weighing less than 25g. The fur colour varies between light brown and grey. Body length ranges between 60-90 mm and the tail can add an additional 100 mm. Mice have an acute sense of hearing, frequently using ultrasound to communicate, and are particularly sensitive to any sudden noise.
Where do they live?
Mice live in nests that they build out of cloth, wool or paper. Nests are often built inside house, in places such as roof spaces, under floors or in wall cavities and wherever there is access to a good source of food, especially during the winter. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5 mm but mouse holes are normally 20-30 mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.
What do they eat?
Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything. Most of the damage they do is by gnawing and ripping open packets. They also spoil food with urine and droppings. Mice will gnaw their way through wood to get to sources of food.
Control of Mice
MP have a wealth of experience in carrying out successful treatments for mice by utilising our many years of expertise. We may use a combination of products- all of which are proven to be extremely effective when dealing with mice activity. It is essential that a professional company is appointed when mice infestations are evident otherwise they can breed rapidly and become difficult to control. This can prove to be very damaging and costly.
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