The most common mouse is the house mouse. The fur colour varies between light brown and grey and the body length varies between 60-90mm – the tail can add an additional 100mm! Often the droppings are black and between 3-6mm long.
Where do they live?
The house mouse can be found in a wide range of urban and rural buildings, although it may live for part of the year outdoors. Mice live in nests, which are often built inside houses, especially during the winter. Nests are built wherever there is access to a good source of food. Spaces under the floor and in lofts are popular places for nests, which are built out of cloth, wool and paper.
Mouse holes are normally 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can be heard running about as they search for food.
Their favourite foods are cereals, although they will eat almost anything. Most of the damage they do is by gnawing and ripping open packets. They also foul food with urine and droppings. Mice can even gnaw their way through wood to get to sources of food.
Signs of a mice include droppings, footprints and burrows in the ground.
What problems can they cause?
They can contaminate food with diseases that are dangerous to both humans and animals such as typhus and jaundice. In addition, they can cause damage to homes chewing through wires and cables.
How can you control them?
The first thing to do is ensure they don’t have a food source by sealing edible food in containers and disposing of waste food appropriately.
It is important to get rid of mice quickly before they damage pipes, cables and insulation and there are a few measures you can take yourself including traps, poison and pesticides. However, if these are not effective it is important to call a professional pest control agent who will…