Mice are among the most common pests found in residences and places of business.
Despite having a lifespan of just 18 months or so, mice can cause enormous problems for anyone whose buildings they decide to call home. It is rare to find only one mouse in a property. Thanks to the prodigious rate of multiplication, mice are able to reproduce all year round. A single female can produce anywhere between five and ten letters every year. The average is six to eight babies in each litter. A starting pool of just six mice can quickly multiply into more than 60 in only a quarter of a year.
Setting aside their propensity for spreading diseases, mice can also cause enormous structural problems to any home. To say that a mouse can burn your house down is no exaggeration. Mice chewing through electrical wires behind walls and in attics has been known to cause house fires in the past. Mice are not fussy about what they chew through. They will happily gnaw on your walls and other materials to keep their teeth short. They will also eat through anything that stands between them and where they want to go.
When we say that mice will eat through anything, we really mean it. Mice have been known to chew through materials as diverse as concrete, wood, rubber, plastic, and a multitude of other materials used in insulation and piping. They have even been known to chew through the occasional gas line.
The one saving grace of a mice infestation is that there are several telltale signs. A mouse infestation will create a distinct smell, as well as numerous visual clues. If you see small dark droppings around your property, or greasy marks along the walls and skirting boards, these can be indicative of a mouse infestation. Mice also like to chew their way through numerous materials; their gnaw marks are another dead giveaway.
On average, you can expect around 50 to 80 droppings per night if there’s an infestation in your home. These tend to be spread randomly throughout any properties where the mice are present, but are generally concentrated inside cupboards and along skirting boards.
The grease marks that might leave behind result from them brushing their bodies against walls and skirting boards as they scurry around the property. Any smears, especially those located near to holes and other crevices that mice might tunnel through, are a clear indication of their presence. With more severe infestations, this body grease is often combined with urine and dirt. These can form small but distinct mounds of around 4 cm in height.
Mice are also quite noisy pests. You will often hear them before you see them due to the noise they make when scratching, scurrying, or chewing their way through your property. If you hear any noises coming from behind your walls, beneath your floors, or any other hidden corners of your property, there’s a good chance you have a mouse infestation.
Another clear indication that you have a mouse infestation is the presence of nests and the debris associated with them. Mice build their nest from a variety of shredded materials. Just about anything soft and shreddable can be used in the construction of a mouse nest. If you notice any scraps of material, or you find paper and fabric that looks like a mouse has been chewing on it, these can be indications of a mouse’s construction project.
Mice urinate frequently. Their urine gives off a strong and distinct odour, meaning you may well smell them before you see them. Mouse urine smells strongly of ammonia, with the smell being most pungent nearer to the urine.
The most pressing issue with a mouse infestation is the potential for the spread of disease. Mice can carry a range of pathogens, contaminating any foodstuffs that they come into contact with. Mouse urine and faeces are known vectors for several nasty diseases.
But diseases are not the only issue that mice can cause. They can also cause significant damage to your property. Mice love to chew their way through anything that stands between them and food or shelter. You'd be surprised at just what they can bite their way through when they want to. Floorboards, pipes, doors, insulation; none of these are a match for a determined mouse.
Most of the damage that mice cause to your property is in service of nest building. However, they will also chew, scratch, and gnaw away at materials to make themselves tunnels and enable themselves to move more freely throughout your home or business.
Seeing evidence of nesting mice in your home can be alarming. Still, it is nothing compared to the shock and worry that business owners face when they discover a mouse infestation within their place of business. For any catering or hospitality businesses, the sight of even a single mouse spells a PR disaster.
It goes without saying that if any of your guests or customers become ill because of a mouse infestation within your business, you will have to answer some very difficult questions. You can’t afford to take any chances here; if you suspect that your company has a mouse problem, dealing with it needs to be your top priority.
There are a range of DIY products on the market that you can use to rid yourself of a minor mouse infestation. As well as the traditional mousetrap, which will end the life of any mouse unlucky enough to trigger it, there are now a number of more humane options.
For example, electronic mouse traps, which can either trap or kill mice humanely and reliably, are an increasingly popular option. These newer mouse traps are ideal for environments where small children and pets are present. You don't want your child or your pet to trigger a spring-loaded mousetrap accidentally. Electronic mouse traps are safe to leave lying around your home or business and are more reliable in terms of getting the job done.
But the only surefire way to rid yourself of a mouse infestation entirely is to call in a professional pest control team like Bon Accord.
Why You Need A Professional Pest Control Service
At Bon Accord, our pest control experts have extensive experience dealing with all manner of rodent infestations. Our technicians stand ready to assess any potential mouse infestation and plot a suitable course forward. We work with homeowners and businesses to ascertain the extent of any infestation and devise a plan of action that will eliminate pests from the property in a timeframe and manner that suits the homeowner. We won’t rush the work, but nor will we take any longer than is necessary. With Bon Accord, you are guaranteed a complete service delivered at a time that is convenient to you as the homeowner.
Not only will we deal with the infestation itself, but we will also provide homeowners with the advice and guidance they need to prevent future outbreaks. There are plenty of mice living in London; anyone living in the city will inevitably encounter them now and then. But there is no reason that an infestation in your home or business has to be an inevitability. As long as you adhere to some simple guidelines, you can maintain a mouse-free environment with ease.
How Can You Prevent Mice From Nesting In Your Property?
There are several simple things that anyone can do to reduce the likelihood of finding mice in their property. Mice are crafty and nimble creatures; if there’s a way into your property, you can be sure they’ll find it. Mice are attracted to discarded food. The most important thing you can do to keep them at bay is to secure your rubbish properly and ensure your bins are sealed. Keeping the grass in your lawn short will also remove an important source of shelter for them and make it harder for them to hide.
Whether in your home or business, you can’t take any chances when it comes to mouse infestations. If you suspect you might have an infestation on your hands, contact Bon Accord immediately to discuss how we can help eliminate the problem.
How Much Does Mice Control Cost?
2 Bedrooms (2 visits) £169
3 Bedrooms (2 visits) £189
4 Bedrooms (2 visits) £199
5 Bedrooms (2 visits) £199
6 Bedrooms (2 visits) £199
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* the cost of proofing is site-specific and depends on the amount of work required to block all entry routes to your property. It could be just one hole, it could be 100. We will provide you with a report and quotation on completion of your first visit.
** commercial mice control treatments are priced according to the type and size of your premises as well as the extent to any existing infestation. Please call to book your free survey and quotation.
*** the cost of mice glue board treatments depends on the level of infestation, size of your property and the time of day at which you would like a treatment. Please call to get a quick quotation.
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