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Do you feel like you constantly have unwanted guests in your home? That’s one of the most commonly expressed feelings when mice are present. A quick way to spot whether or not you have mice is to go through the following list:
If your answers to some or most of these are yes you need to consider that you may have an infestation of mice. If a house gets to the stage where it is completely infested with mice, it can be a very difficult problem to resolve. This is because mice can nest almost anywhere within a house, utilising all different materials. As a result of mice actively chewing through most materials this can lead to structural damage to a property, and physical injury.
Whilst all mice are of small size and don’t pose an upfront physical threat, they can still be very harmful in other ways.
Mice within a household can be drawn to food and can also spread disease. This means they can easily contaminate things that you might consume or would definitely come into contact with. Hantaviruses, Salmonellosis & Listeria are all infectious diseases mice have been known to carry. Therefore they are a household pest with capability to be quite dangerous.
Mice are classified as rodents due to continuously-growing incisors. They are very resourceful and can chew through many different materials. Due to this they can cause great damage to both property and possessions. Mice will chew through anything from electric power cables to hardwood and also loft insulation.
The House Mouse, Field Mouse or Yellow-Necked Mouse are the most likely mouse species to be found in or round a house. Field mice, as the name suggests, will rarely venture into inhabited buildings. During winter months it is not uncommon for them to shelter in outhouses and sheds.
However the House Mouse has no such qualms about entering inhabited buildings and can be found there all year round. They can also survive without additional water, getting enough hydration from food!
The Yellow-Necked Mouse is mostly found within rural areas and inside properties. In certain ways a Yellow-Necked Mouse could be the most costly pest of the 3. They particularly enjoy chewing through electrical wires so can damage many different expensive possessions.
Hantaviruses causes 2 main infections in humans. These are haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Both of these infections can be very damaging to humans, even potentially death in people with weakened immune systems.
Salmonellosis is a symptomatic infection caused by bacteria of the Salmonella type. Salmonellosis will likely be caused through food contamination from mouse droppings. As part of the Salmonella bacteria type it causes diarrhoea, fever, cramps and vomiting. When dealt with properly and possibly aided by antibiotics this can be handled quickly and with minimal health risk.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that causes an illness called Listeriosis. Listeria causes fever, aches & gastrointestinal problems. As with HPS this can also have the potential to be life-threatening to people with weakened immune systems.
Our mouse removal experts are based in Leicestershire, which gives us the ability to remove mice around the Midlands. This includes Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas. We are a growing business, so if you have found us, we likely cover your area. Find out more about the areas of the Midlands we cover for mouse eradication here.
There are 6 different species of mice that can be found in the United Kingdom. 5 of these species are native. Whereas the edible dormouse is native to continental Europe and was first reported in the UK in Hertfordshire, 1902.
The mouse species that you are most likely to encounter is the House Mouse (Mus Musculus Domesticus). As the name suggests they are usually found in or nearby to houses. Their appearance is stereotypical of what people imagine a mouse to look like; small, brown/grey with a long, hairless tail.
Another common mouse species is the Field/Wood mouse (Apodemus Sylvaticus). Field mice will have a sandy brown fur and white/grey stomach. The Wood Mouse is in fact the most common species of mouse in the United Kingdom, although you won’t always see one due to them being cautious and nocturnal too!
A UK Field/Wood Mouse.
Harvest Mouse (Micromys Minutus) is the other common mouse and also the smallest rodent in Europe. It can weigh as little as 6 grams! They are also the only mouse on the list that has a prehensile tail. This allows the harvest mouse to grasp things using it’s tail. Identified through their golden-brown fur and short, rounded ears. They are typically found in grassland areas and edges of woodland.
The Yellow-Necked Mouse (Apodemus Flavicollis) can be easily confused with the Wood Mouse. Their distinctive feature is a yellow collar of fur forming on the chest. It is also slightly larger and lighter in colour than the Wood Mouse. Yellow-Necked mice are found throughout southern England, parts of the Midlands and southern Wales.
A UK Yellow-Necked Mouse.
The Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus Avellanarius) are very rare to see and spend a lot of time sleeping or high up in trees. Found in woodland canopies and hedgerows throughout southern England. There are small populations also found in the Midlands, Wales & Lake District.
The last entry is the only entry that are not native to England or the UK, the Edible Dormouse (Glis Glis). They were introduced from continental Europe in 1902 by Walter Rothschild in the Hampshire area. Edible dormice are much larger than the Hazel Dormouse and similar in appearance to a small, grey squirrel. These mice will also be found in woodland canopies but can be found in households too.
A lot of people will be tempted to handle a mouse pest control themselves. This can prove quite ineffective and frustrating if the mouse continually evades your efforts.
The most common step people will take is to buy mouse traps. However, if the mouse is able to move within the walls or under floorboards then the money spent on traps could be wasted. Another mistake people make is to overload the trap and cause the mechanism to malfunction.
Due to mice burrowing through walls and floors, any attempt someone makes to remove them can then cause damage, possibly structurally. They are very agile and fast too so it is likely that even if you locate them they can still run away.
The treatment or service needed depends on the level of infestation you have, so to discuss how to save yourself from the dreaded mice, call our experienced and friendly technicians today on 0800 088 6392
Our mouse pest control experts have got it down to a science, but it still takes us a few days work to ensure your mouse problem is resolved.
It depends on the extent of the mice infestation. These are one of the hardest pests to control and that is reflected in the time it takes to treat them.
In short, yes. Whilst it isn’t likely to happen provided that the symptoms are caught early of diseases mice carry, and treated. In 2012 in the United States, a total of 617 cases were reported of HPS. A staggering 35% of those cases reported proved to be fatal!
All mice will be similar in size and appearance, making it easy to differentiate them from rats or other rodents. The main difference between mice is their fur colour and possibly the size of tail as well.
Both the Field Mouse and Yellow-Necked Mouse are very similar in appearance. The main difference between them is the faint yellow collar of fur that rings around the neck and belly of a Yellow-Necked Mouse.
Another similar pair is the Harvest Mouse and Hazel Dormouse. They are both very small in size and have a distinct golden, sandy colour to their fur. If you spot one and it is holding things or hanging by it’s tail it will be a Harvest Mouse. This is because it has a prehensile tail allowing it to use it for practical purposes. Harvest Mouse is the only British mammal that has a prehensile tail!
Finally, a House Mouse could be brown but is far more likely to be a dusty grey colour. This is also the same of the Edible Dormouse which is also grey. These two will be very easy to tell apart. The Edible Dormouse will be far larger than the House Mouse and reminiscent of a squirrel.
Mice cause problems in more ways than one! Unfortunately due to them being rodents, it makes them susceptible to being disease carriers that can severely affect humans.
As well as this, their nesting habits can cause physical damage to your property. Mice will chew through a wide range of different materials including electrical wires. This can lead to a loss of various possessions and can become quite expensive!
Furthermore, another thing worth noting, is the breeding rate of mice. Mice can birth between 3-14 young per each litter. This is coupled with the fact that they can produce 5-10 litters a year. On this basis it would not take long for mice to fully spread throughout a household!
Mice prevention can be very hard to undertake. One of the reasons for this is that a mouse can squeeze through a gap as small as 5mm!
Due to this any cracks or gaps within a house’s structure will be easy access points for a motivated mouse.A good way to solve this is to fill any gaps you find, particularly low down ones, with wire wool embedded in quick-setting cement.
By keeping any surrounding outdoor area neat and tidy this will also help to prevent nest building. Storing any household waste in a closed, secured bin will also deter mice.
Inside of a house it is good practice to keep any food in airtight containers. Not only will it keep your food fresher but stop any potential pest from having a quick bite.
Of course, by following these steps for prevention lowers the likelihood of needing mouse eradication. Although this does not guarantee they won’t find a way in!
If you would like more information on mouse pest control, please contact us or call our technicians on 0800 088 6392
Depending on the scale of your infestation, the price varies, but we pride ourselves on offering a great value service. Contact us to find out how much it will cost to solve your mouse problem.