Mice are among the most common household pests in the UK. Their needs are simple, and they can sustain themselves on nothing more than crumbs and food debris they scavenge from kitchens. In the wild, mice live on a diet of fruit, nuts, and seeds. However, they aren’t fussy eaters, and they will happily scavenge food from bins, sheds, garages, and even inside people’s homes. Mice are highly skilled at infiltration; if there’s a way into your home, you can be sure that mice will be able to find it.
Once inside a property, mice can cause all kinds of problems for property owners, visitors, and tenants. First and foremost, they carry fleas and ticks, and they can spread viruses and bacteria that cause a range of diseases in humans. They also cause damage to property and possessions through gnawing, chewing and tearing. If you have a mouse infestation in your home, you’ll start finding their characteristic teeth marks around your property.
Once inside a property, there are certain environments that mice will naturally gravitate towards. They are known to nest in attics and lofts, where they can stay hidden and warm. Loft insulation is the ideal building material for mice’s nests. Not only does it provide effective insulation, but it’s easy for them to tear chunks off to use.
Mice also love kitchens and laundry rooms. Large household appliances that generate heat offer mice the ideal space to hide their nests. It’s not uncommon to find mice nesting behind fridges or beneath cookers.
If you have mice in your home, you need to get them out as quickly as possible. Strange noises coming from your walls and ceilings, especially when accompanied by an unpleasant ammonia-like smell, can often indicate that mice have moved in.