Mouse control is essential when the winter months start to draw in as mice find their way into buildings as the weather gets cooler. They are seeking a warm and sheltered place to nest and find food. You can identify a mouse by their light brown or grey fur, small body between 60 -90mm in length and tail up to 100mm.
How do I know if I have mice?
The biggest giveaway that you have a mouse infestation would be small droppings that are dark in colour and damage to woodwork and food packaging. Another sign of a mouse infestation would be finding a nest. Mice tend to build their nests out of paper, wool and cloth and often build them in lofts, under the floor boards, wall cavity’s or near a good food source. Mice are mainly active at night, so it is possible that you may hear them scurrying around looking for food.
Why control a mouse infestation?
Mice often carry and spread diseases that can be passed on to humans such as Listeria and Salmonella which can cause serious food poisoning. As well as the health risks mice can cause significant damage to your property. Mice have a need to keep their incisor teeth ground down and electric cables, woodwork, gas and water pipes are all perfect things to gnaw away at to keep these teeth in check.
If you are running a business and you have a mouse infestation it could damage your company’s reputation as customers may not want to do business with you if they spot signs of a mouse infestation.
What to look for:
- Mouse Droppings – 3-6mm long dark/black in colour
- Smear Marks – Oily grey marks left on surfaces mice have come into contact with
- Nests – Usually in lofts, airing cupboards, walls or under floorboards
- Gnaw Marks – Can be found on wood, pipes, cables, carpets, furniture, also check food packaging.
How To Prevent Mice
Check around your property and seal of any gaps you find that are 5mm wide or bigger as mice will be able to enter your property through a gap of this size. Keep both inside and outside of your property clean and clutter free, get rid of any debris in the garden or piles of magazines etc to lessen the chance of the mice finding a safe nesting place at your property. And ensure all household waste is exposed of properly in a sealed bin both inside and out so mice don’t have easy access to it.
How to get rid of mice
As soon as you spot a mouse infestation it is important to get it dealt with quickly as bread incredibly quickly and a small infestation can quickly turn into a huge problem. There are various types of mouse traps you can go out and buy but unless you know what you are doing this may not be good enough to get rid of the full mouse infestation effectively. The best thing you can do is call in a professional pest controller that has the tools, knowledge and experience to effectively get rid of the mice and they can also help you to pest proof your home or business to prevent future infestations.
If you are having problems with a mouse infestation or any other pests then contact Advance Pest Control Bristol today on – 0777 105 3107