A young mouse can squeeze through a gap less than 10mm.
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Not only do mice multiply quickly, but they can also do significant damage to your home and business through their continuous gnawing. They pose health risks as their droppings will contaminate foodstuffs.
How to check for the signs of a mice infestation:
Your home or business could provide the common house mouse with an ideal spot for food and shelter. Identifying a potential infestation from signs of mouse activity is often a lot easier than trying to spot an actual mouse. Be on the look-out for the following signs:
If you have noticed any of the above signs of a mouse problem, contact the experts at Rentokil for a mouse control solution for your home, or business.
The best way to prevent entry is to mouse-proof your property. Did you know that mice have soft skeletons and can fit through holes the width of a pencil? It’s therefore important to seal any holes, gaps or cracks to the exterior - no matter how small - to prevent mice from gaining entry to your home or workplace.
Store food away - It is important not to attract mice with food. Where possible, store food in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under cookers, fridges and cupboards.
Doors - Doors: fit bristle or brush strips to the bottom of doors to prevent entry.
Pipework - seal holes around pipes with coarse grade stainless steel wire wool and sealant.
Holes - These are often made in exterior walls for piping and wiring. Any holes that are larger than 5mm will allow mice to gain access because their jaws can fit into tight spaces like these and quickly chew larger openings that allow them to enter a building.
Air vents - Cover these with fine galvanised wire mesh, especially if they are damaged.
Ceilings and roofing - Ceilings and roofing: Fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps.
Vegetation - Trim tree branches back from the house and where possible avoid plants growing up the sides of your property. To get rid of mice from entering indoors, also be sure to cut down or trim vines or over-hanging branches that can be used for mice to get onto roofs. Overgrown vegetation close to the walls will offer mice shelter and potential nesting sites.
Lawns - Keep grass mown short to reduce shelter for mice to pass through. Ideally leave a gap between the building foundations and the garden.
If not treated, a mouse problem can quickly escalate. A range of DIY mouse control options are available at your local supermarkets for light infestations, such as mouse traps, rat traps and rat poison options. However, we recommend a mouse control treatment by our qualified technicians if the problem persists or for heavier infestations.
We’ll put in place the following treatment plan for mouse control
In need of a mice control solution? Contact the Rentokil experts for a free survey for your home or business.