Mouse Control – How to Get Rid of Mice
Mice will make their home regardless of cleanliness of your home, as long as there is a way in they will seek warmth and security of indoors. Mice carry a wide selection of diseases that can be harmful to both humans and the pets you may have. The scurry of mice can be detrimental to business, especially in restaurants and cafés. They can also have a damaging effect on the belongings you have and can cause a huge array of problems with wiring that has become victim to their gnashers.
Identifying the Problem
The common house Mouse is the most common in the UK and below is the characteristics that will help you identify the little nippers.
Scientific Name: Mus Musculus meaning “little thief”
Colour: Dusty Grey
Weight: ½-1 ounce
Length: 2.5-4 inches
Tail Length: As long as body – up to 4 inches
Body: Small head & slender body
Ears: Moderately large ears
Eyes: Small & somewhat protruding; colour blind
Lifespan: 1-2 years Droppings: ¼ inch long with pointed ends; dark colour
Mice can nurture 5-7 pups in a single litter, with 6-10 litters a year. Meaning that you could have at any one time in your home up to 70 Mice scurrying around that are all capable of breeding, leading to a possible exponential infestation. Identifying the source of their entry into your home or business as quickly as possible will essentially trap them inside and prevent their escape. The next step will be to choose the solution that would best control and eradicate them as quickly and humanely as possible.
Traps are commonly used as a cheap solution and are placed around the areas that mice are evident. Mice will hug walls when travelling so placing traps along edges of walls will be productive. Bait can be used to entice the mice to their doom. Using traps leave assurances that the mouse is dead and gives peace of mind. The downside is that you have killed only one mouse. If you have multiple mice in your home then the trap is single use. Having multiple traps can tackle this issue.
Poisons are highly effective and most modern poisons have the added effect of tertiary poisoning leading to more efficient eradication of infestations. Evidence that the bait is working comes with visually checking the bait for quantity removed or bite marks on the bait. There is a wide range of poisons available and it can be hard to choose which to buy. Check out our “Know your Poison” Guide for more information. The downside to poison is the mouse will die in a location that can be hard to locate or reach leading to the rotting carcass creating a pungent smell.
Humane Pest Control
For the customer that doesn’t like to kill the mice (they are cute) there are a range of devices that will ensure safe capture and removal of the mice. Encased traps where the mouse is effectively stuck inside a box allowing for relocation at a later date. Electromagnetic Repellers work especially well when used correctly as they effectively create a barrier around your home or workplace. Sonic Repellers let off an ultrasonic sound that is unbearable to mice but doesn’t affect humans or pets.