Mice Infestations – control and advice
Manchester Pest Control are specialists in treating mice infestations, so if you suspect an infestation in your property call us on 0161 434 9939 for a no-obligation quote or fill in our contact form.
Mice – what to look for:
Mice are a very common pest in the UK and are well adapted to living amongst humans. Like rats, they thrive in human conditions and can be found in homes, outbuildings and sheds, anywhere they can find food and shelter from the cold and wet.
There are two main species of mouse found in homes – the most common is the house mouse, which is usually uniformly grey in colour and quite small. You may also find the wood mouse in rural areas, identified by its orange-brown colouring and pale underbelly. All mice have large ears and furred tails and are markedly smaller than rats.
Mice have excellent hearing but poor eyesight and whilst they prefer grain or cereal based foods, they will eat anything and will graze from a variety of sources and locations. They are naturally inquisitive and excellent climbers and will explore their surroundings. Mice are usually most active at night however you may spot some activity during the day.
Due to their small size, mice can live in almost any available space but will naturally look for spaces under floors, in cavity walls or in lofts and attics. As excellent climbers, they will use pipes, walls and ducting to move around and spread throughout a property but will try to nest near food and water sources. They can cause extensive damage to wiring with their sharp teeth.
To locate a nest, look for smeared markings along walls and skirting boards caused by the mice rubbing their fur along surfaces. These smears can often be traced back to an entrance point for a nest or burrow. An infested location will often also have a noticeably musky smell and the nest itself will resemble balls of loosely woven together material.
It is very important to locate, control and treat an infestation quickly as mice are rapid breeders and population numbers will rapidly increase and become tougher to deal with. Any evidence of mice activity in a restaurant or food-related premises can result in prosecution or other action under the hygiene requirements of the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 2004.
Mice will quickly contaminate an area through their shed hair, droppings and urine and several diseases can be passed on by this contamination. This can be particularly serious as similarly to rats, mice can carry Leptospirosis which can cause Wells Disease and is fatal to humans.
If you locate a nest or believe that you have an infestation, we would recommend taking the following steps in addition to contacting us:
- Check air bricks and ventilation grills are in place and intact, but do not block them.
- Check drain covers and grills are in place and intact.
- Block any access points around gas, electricity, water, heating and extraction pipe work.
- Check all external doors fit tightly in their frame.
- Restrict food sources by storing food within rigid containers.
- Sweep up food spillages immediately and don’t leave uncovered food lying around.
- Regularly clean under kitchen units, appliances and in any other areas where food debris and grease can build.
- Regularly remove rubbish and place in strong bags within a secure external bin.
- Keep your garden and any outbuilding’s free from debris and food waste.
- Store pet food sensibly and securely.
- Do not compost meat, fish, bones or bread.
- Avoid overfeeding wild birds or animals and regularly clear up any uneaten food.
Whilst you can purchase over-the-counter mouse poisons and traps, these are not always 100% effective and due to the time involved in using them can often cause an increase in the size of the problem. Contacting us as soon as possible will allow our trained technicians to begin treating the infestation quickly and efficiently.
Our technicians will employ a variety of gels and traps and HSE approved rodenticide baits, which will be deployed in and around the affected areas. It will usually take around 60 minutes for our technician to make his initial assessment and complete the treatment and you should notice mouse activity reducing after only a few days. However, please note that our technician will need to return after 7-14 days to check the treatment progress and monitor activity.
Multi-occupancy buildings will need several visits and treatments to ensure that all mouse activity is eradicated.
Manchester Pest Control – covering Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire – call 0161 434 9939