The Mouse (rodent)
House mouse, Mus domesticus
Mouse Control in London & The Home Counties
The measures that are taken for mouse control in London and the home counties will depend on the extent of the infestation, as well as the species of mouse that is invading your property. Generally though, best practices will include:
- Specialist proofing to keep the property sanitary and pests from diminishing hygiene practices
- Glueboards and/or traps
- Baiting measures
- Monitoring the property regularly for any early signs of rodent invasion
For mouse control to be successful, a level of cleanliness, proofing and a significant reduction in the overall population are all factors to be considered. Whilst the former two are ideal for preventing an infestation from getting out of hand, the latter will be necessary if an invasion already exists. In this case, measures such as traps and controlled poisoning may be used.
Why Do I Have An Infestation?
No matter what size your property is or how much access mice have to food, they can thrive when these conditions are limited. At the same time, you may undertake beneficial hygiene practices, only to find that because your warehouse or property stores, handles or uses food, it will still attract mice if it is not properly proofed.
Still, poor sanitation is more likely to attract a population and could lead to a more severe infestation. When taking action against this pest, cutting off sources of shelter is essential, as they cannot survive as part of a large population when they have little space to raise their young or create nests.
Signs of Mice
A couple of indications that you may have a mouse problem include:
- Droppings and smear marks
- Significant damage to goods, such as holes and gnaw marks
- Urine pillars
Characteristics of the Mouse
Adapted to thrive in establishments that work with food and homes, the mouse tends to make an appearance during the colder months, as they scavenge for shelter and a reliable food source. Unfortunately, once mice have made their home in your property, they can be relatively difficult to control, partly because of their swift reproduction.
On average, every year, the mouse will produce as many as six to ten litters. With such a growing rodent population, it is no surprise that much financial loss occurs as a result of contamination, whether this is foodstuffs, belongings like clothes and books, or electricals. They also pose a danger in terms of disease through their faeces and contamination.
As nocturnal rodents, mice can be hard to identify, as they are hardly ever seen by property owners. They make a habit of leaving their nests almost daily but never go more than 25 feet in most cases, depending on conditions. The signs above will help you to diagnose a mouse problem though.
Pest control measures will involve strategically placing traps close to detected mice activity, such as where they find their food. Their erratic feeding behaviour means they may leave their nest up to 200 times a night when food sources are scarce.
In appearance, mice are usually brown-grey with a light underside. Large ears, small eyes and a tail that measures just under body length are three universal characteristics of mice, and they tend to take six to eight weeks to mature fully. Whilst their lifespan is short (three to four months), as mentioned, population sizes can increase significantly during this time.
In particularly sensitive locations, non-toxic measures are used as mouse control in London. Specified, internal points for bait need to be limited after an infestation has been given the all-clear, and fixings are a desired practice.
These types of sites will require in-depth reporting to consider COSHH assessments and detailed bait plans, among other recommendations.
Suffering a mice problem in your property or suspicious that your property may be home to another pest? Call us today for more information on how we can help.