Regardless of what exact species of Mice you are suffering from, it is a pest that requires controlling and rapid elimination.
The Long Tailed Field Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
- Chestnut brown colour fur, with white colour on the belly
- An adult body can be up to 10cm long
- The tail can also be 10cm long
What are the signs of a Mouse problem?
As Mice are crepuscular (active between dawn and dusk) and nocturnal animals, it is not always easy to physically spot them. There are however a few signs which could indicate that you are suffering from rodent activity that requires help. These can include:
- Mouse Droppings
A single mouse can leave between 50-60 droppings behind per night. These can be scattered across a wide area, but a large concentration could indicate an area of major activity
Despite being relatively small, Mice can be heard in the house when scurrying and scratching around. This is prevalent if your infestation is in the loft and can be heard through the ceiling. If you do hear noises, it is far more probable to be the House Mouse, who favours warm conditions.
Mice need to continuously gnaw and chew on items as a preventative measure to stop their teeth from over-growing. They are not picky on what materials to use to achieve this, and have been to gnaw on wood, plastics, cables and wires.
In concentrated areas, Mice can be distinguishable by an ammonia-like smell. This is similar to Rats, however, and a Total Pest Control technician can help in identifying exactly what pest you have.
Problems associated with Mice
Caused by bacteria called leptospira, this disease in its mildest form can cause flu-like symptoms. It can be transmitted to humans through contaminated water, soil or food. It is important to stress that more the serious form of this disease, Weil’s disease, cannot be transmitted by Mice.
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)
A viral infectious disease that cans either be in the form of aspectic meningitis, encephalistis or meningoencephalitis. This could be caught through any exposure to urine, droppings or saliva from the Mouse. Pregnant women are particular susceptible to catching this.
Mice often carry the salmonellosis disease, which can be picked up by humans and any household pet through contact with droppings and contaminated food or surfaces. This can cause gastro-enteritis in humans, and could possibly have fatal consequences for pets.
Some individuals suffer from severe revulsion at the sight of a rodent in their home, business or workplace. This can even lead to depression, stress and other anxiety disorders
How to get rid of Mice?
Quick treatment is essential should you have a rodent infestation. The three week gestation period means that even the smallest mouse problem could soon escalate into a serious situation that increases both risk to your health, but also the overall cost to treat your problem.
To help get rid of your Mouse problem Total Pest Control can offer a secure pest management call out service incorporating:
- A visit guaranteed within 24 hours of your call or enquiry
- A visit by a fully-trained local technician, who has the knowledge and expertise to conduct an in-depth inspection of your problem, offering the best solutions to manage and remedy it as quickly as possible.
- Fully secure, locked bait stations, resulting in them being safe to be used household pets.
Mouse Proofing Works:
- Further advice on proofing works to help limit the possibility of future problems.