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MICE

Mice controlIdentification & Biology of Mice:

 

  • Brown to grey in colour with a lighter underside
  • Tail is slightly shorter than body length
  • Adult weights approximately 10-25g

 

 

Average life span is 6-12 months; female mouse can produce 5-8 litters per year of 4-8 in size. The maximum reproductive capability for 1 breeding pair is approximately 2000!! Like most other rodents, mice have sharp strong front teeth which grow throughout its life & must be continually worn down. The front paws serve as hands & have the ability to hold small objects so that the mouse can chew. They also have a well-defined sense of smell & hearing which helps them to escape danger.

Where mice live & how they affect you:

Experiencing mice in your home is more than a mere inconvenience; they pose a very serious risk to your health given that they urinate frequently. Furthermore they can cause damage to your property & belongings, e.g. gnawed furniture, upholstery & flooring, as well as chewing through electrical cables. Without immediate treatment a mice infestation can rapidly spread with the potential for a population explosion in a relatively short time frame.

Here is a checklist to tell if you have mice in your property:

  • Distinctive sharp ammonic aroma near main infestation area
  • Dark small droppings the size of sesame seed.
  • Scratching & squeaking noises behind floors, walls or ceilings
  • Shredded bits of paper foil or wood shavings.
  • Nests or nesting materials, usually found in close proximity to food sources

Mice will stay close to their nest when foraging for food, typically no more than 10-25 feet. They are unpredictable in their feeding especially when there are many food sources on hand. In scenarios such as this, mice can return to food sources up to 25 times a night; on average one mouse will consume 3-4 grams of food per night. Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls & other edges; they use their whiskers as a sensor to help them navigate as their eye sight is actually very poor.

Control measures for mice:

For effective control over a mice infestation it is important to combine the usage of monitoring equipment, baits & physical control methods. Mechanical traps & or glue boards can also be used. It is then essential to proof your property so that the mice are unable to regain entry. A mouse only needs an opening of 6mm to get into your property. It is recommended that the most common entry points, pipes, wires, cables & underneath doorways are thoroughly proofed using aluminium plates, gauge wire or cement as appropriate.

Mice - Helpful Tips:

Hygiene is of key importance to the control of mice & the following is necessary to eliminate the problem:

  • Protect potential food sources from attack by storing items securely
  • Deny any water sources
  • Keep food cupboards & work surfaces clean from crumbs & other food particles
  • Block any harbourages, which create the ideal hiding place for breeding sites.
  • Create accommodation that is easily cleaned, to avoid the accumulation of debris.