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Running About the House!
The mouse is a small mammalian rodent that comes in a variety of species, shapes and sizes, here in the UK you're most likely to come across one of two, the House Mouse and the Wood Mouse.
So called because this species of mouse will happily thrive for generations without ever leaving the same building provided it has a food source and safe harbourage. House mice have grey/brown fur, is usually less than 9cm in length (including tail) and weighs less than 20 grams. They have slightly lighter bellies with the rest of the fur generally uniform in colour and their tail is slightly shorter than the rest of the body.
The house mouse will eat almost anything, though will consume seeds, cereals etc. when given the choice. They can gain sufficient moisture from their food that they never actually have to drink to survive, however they will drink free water if available. They tend to live for up to a year, reach sexual maturity in 6 weeks and can have up to 8 litters in their lifetime, with an average litter of about 5 it's easy to see how, with a good source of food and noting to stop them, house mice can quickly become a problem.
Larger than the house mouse with a tail that is the same length as it's body, the wood mouse (also known as the field mouse) has light brown fur with a distinctive pale belly, large ears and bulging eyes. The wood mouse has a similar life cycle and nutritional needs as the house mouse, but is predominately an outdoor animal.
The wood mouse makes itself a pest when in times of population growth (due to good food sources, safe harbourage and few predators) excess mice enter buildings and cause damage in a search for food and shelter.
Do I have mice?
You may have mice and not know it! Mice are nocturnal as historically their predators are inactive during the hours of darkness, so they will only come out at night. Look out for droppings, mouse droppings will be little dark specks found around food sources and entry holes. These holes may be existing in your buildings structure or the mice could have gnawed them afresh, what you need to remember is that if you can fit a biro into the hole, a mouse can fit through easily.
What can I do?
Steps can be taken to ensure the mice are very likely not to return, but first you need to get rid of the mice you have. At Pest-a-Lance, every treatment is bespoke because no two infestations are the same. After a free survey we will outline what needs to be done to eradicate the infestation and make all the costs clear and upfront before we perform any work. We perform a thorough risk assessment before using traps and pesticides and all our technicians are fully qualified in the safe use of pesticides.