Mice are good at finding a way in to houses and businesses. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through holes the width of a pencil and are excellent climbers when faced with textured walls.
Mice are also known disease carriers so their presence in your living environment is never a good thing.
Besides leaving droppings just about everywhere they go, mice can spread salmonella, cause food poisoning and Weil's disease.
Spotting mice infestation is not the easiest of things and can turn into a huge problem if not dealt with quickly.
We've pulled together some tips on how to identify a mouse problem and what to do:
Tell-tale signs of mice
Spotting mice - if you see a mouse sprinting across the kitchen floor, you can be certain that it has a group of furry friends close by
Scratching noises in the walls or ceiling as mice scurry around
Droppings - mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls or in areas of significant activity such as in cupboards or under sinks
Distinctive smell– if you scent an ammonia-like smell that is particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as in cupboards or under sinks, chances are mice have been there
Damage - mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials which can be a fire hazard
Nests - mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics
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How can I prevent a mice infestation?
Proof your home - look for small holes around plumbing or inside cabinets and plug these holes up with steel wool to prevent the mice from entering your house. Also check that there is no room to crawl under doors
Be clever about storing food - use strong plastic or metal containers, this way the mice will not be attracted to any smells
Clean regularly - make sure you clean up any food spill immediately, paying particular notice to areas around the cooker, behind and around the fridge and cupboards
What can I do if I think I have a mice infestation?
While amateur DIY products are a cost effective way to control small infestations of mice, professional mouse control is required for more established mice colonies or where there is a repeated infestation.
Alternatively book in a Rentokil call-out service to deal with the mice problem. The technicians provide a highly targeted treatment to deal with any mice problems and will offer advice on how to keep your home free of mice in the future.
Facts About Mice
Mice are tough creatures, they can endure a lot of hardship and have some surprising athletic abilities:
Mice can squeeze through a 6mm gap.
Mice rely predominantly on smell, touch and hearing as opposed to vision and move around easily in the dark, using their long sensitive whiskers.
Mice are driven indoors when it’s cold to seek more abundant food sources.
Mice see best in dim light. Their eyesight is weak, but their other senses are acute.
Mice have teeth that never stop growing. Teeth grow at a rate of 0.3mm/day.
Mice can hear ultrasound up to 90kHz, they can also produce ultrasound for communication.
Mice have a 10-inch vertical jump.
Mice can scale rough vertical surfaces up to 2m, and walk along thin ropes and wires.
Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls and other edges.
Mice explore their territory daily, showing no aversion to new objects (neophobia).
Mice may make 20 to 30 visits to different food sites each night taking as little as 0.15g at each site.
Mice can chew through anything softer than their teeth, including electrical wiring, presenting a fire hazard.