The house mouse is generally dusty grey with a lighter coloured underside. The head and body of a mouse measures between 70mm and 95mm, with the tail measuring as much again.
Adult mice can be confused with juvenile rats.
A juvenile rat has large feet and a large head relative to its size; an adult mouse has smaller feet and a smaller head.
Mice breed rapidly and under optimum conditions a female can have a litter of up to 6 young every 40 to 50 days. The potential to cause problems is therefore vast.
Mice, like rats, will eat virtually any kind of food including meat, grain, cereal, vegetables, chocolate and even soap.
A mouse will consume around 3 grams of food and drink up to a teaspoon of water in a day.
The amount of water drunk depends largely on the moisture content of its food.
Mice differ in their eating habits to rats. A rat, once it finds a food source, will sit and devour the whole lot.
Mice however rarely feed this way but prefer to nibble here and there.
Mice, can cause extensive damage to foodstuffs, furniture, upholstery, clothing and paper. They attack items for food and for use as nesting material.
The house mouse is inquisitive by nature and will investigate all parts of the area it lives in, gnawing at objects as it goes. This habit can cause problems in loft spaces where they damage electrical cabling which can lead to fires.
The sharp front teeth of a mouse grow continuously throughout its life and so it will gnaw non food items, such as pipework and wood, simply to wear its teeth down.
Mice carry a number of diseases which may be transmitted to humans. Mice contaminate food with their droppings, urine and even their fur, causing salmonella food poisoning and other diseases.
Mice must therefore be regarded as a serious health risk and should not be tolerated in the home.
The most obvious indicators of a mouse infestation are:
Mice are virtually incontinent and produce between 80 and 120 droppings per day, depending on their diet.
Droppings will be found scattered wherever mice have been. The droppings are usually black, spindle shaped and measure around ¼" (6mm) in length.
Note: in loft spaces mouse droppings may be confused with the droppings of bats.
As stated, mice gnaw simply to keep their teeth in good condition, therefore look for signs of teeth marks.
Also look for any holes in the skirting boards and floorboards, especially where pipes enter, as mice often move around in ceiling voids and cavity walls.
We carry out Mouse Control in Chepstow, Mouse Control in Lydney and surrounding areas.
The use of poison is the most common one and most humane methods of controlling mice.
A variety of mouse bait is on sale to the public, but it can be expensive and you may well not rid your home of mice.
By far the best thing to do is to call a professional pest controller (see below for the address and telephone number).
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