Dec 30 2011

Mice visiting for Christmas? How to deal with them

Mice are hardy little creatures, so if there’s a mouse in your house you may want to know a bit more about what makes it tick. Mice measure about eight centimetres in length (excluding the tail) and have an average weight of 12–22 grams. Their fur is brown/grey, with slightly lighter shading on their underside. House mice are mainly found in close contact with human beings.

Outside, they can live:

  • Under wood piles or lumber that is not in frequent use
  • Under bushes and vines and in tall thick grass
  • In appliances and old furniture that has been left outside and is not being used
  • In and around rubbish that has been left out
  • In holes or gaps under buildings

Inside they will happily make their homes:

  • Inside the insulation of walls or ceilings
  • In or behind cupboards, counters and bathtubs
  • Near the boiler
  • In basements or attics where things like cardboard and cloth are stored

Rather than their stereotype of being cheese lovers, the foods most favoured by the house mouse are cereals, biscuits and chocolate. When in the house, mice will eat almost anything not sealed in an air-tight container. House mice largely get the moisture they need from their food so do not need to seek out water.

In a word: food. Mice are masters at finding any scrap of food in and around your home You will know that you’ve got a mouse problem when you see, hear or smell:

  • Droppings (typically around five millimetres long) found near food sources
  • Scratching noises
  • Evidence of gnawing
  • Burrows or nests
  • You may also notice a strong musky odour

Another significant problem is the structural damage mice can cause from their gnawing and burrowing activities. This ranges from minor holes in walls, doors, furniture or cupboards to structural collapse, flooding, electrical faults and fire (due to gnawing through cables).

At All Round Pest Control Services, they provide a high level of service to help exterminate all pest problems, from beds bugs, rat infestations, house mice or rodents.

They provide professional pest control services to homeowners and businesses in Ruislip, Hillingdon, Harrow, Hammersmith and a number of other nearby areas, and guarantee that you can trust and rely on them to deal with any pest problems that you may be experiencing. Their call out service, to solve your pest problem, is fast and effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family, pets and business.

For more details, call Mark on 0800 211 8205 or 07869 294 343 and tell him iharrow.com sent you. Or visit their website here.

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