Rodent Control - Mice

Mice

  • A mouse can range from 13 to 18cms in length including the tail and weigh between 7 and 50 grams.
  • Greyish brown in colour with large ears and small eyes, they have upper and lower incisor teeth that continue to grow throughout their life.
  • Breeding all year round, a female mouse can have 5 to 10 litters a year producing between 4 and 10 young in each litter.
  • Mice can pass up to 80 droppings a day which are random in distribution and look similar to an apple pip; small and black.
  • Mostly active at night, they climb very well and can squeeze through gaps as small as a biro pen (8mm).
  • The life span of a mouse is between 9 and 12 months.
  • Mice are capable of carrying diseases, particularly food poisoning (Salmonella).
  • The latin name for the House Mouse is Mus domesticus

Mice Contaminate FoodMouse nest with day old baby mice
Evidence
  • Droppings, smell, smear marks, urine pillars, foot prints, live mice, gnawing and noises in lofts and wall cavities.
  • Damage and contamination to stored foods and stock, chewing of packaging, electric cables, plastic pipes and woodwork.
Treatment
  • For internal control, spill-proof rodenticidal baits contained in plastic bait boxes are placed in areas such as basements, lofts, store rooms, garages and any other areas which are safe to do so.
  • For external areas lockable bait boxes are strategically placed around the buildings and surrounding areas.
  • Weekly follow-up visits until mouse infestation has been cleared.
  • Recommendations to improve housekeeping and stacking to aid effective pest control measures.
  • Recommendations for proofing to reduce the risk of rodent entry.

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