Mice Pest Control & mouse extermination
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a full range of mice pest control and mouse eradication services to domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex. If you have a mouse pest control problem, our fast and effective mouse eradication pest control service will get rid of these unwelcome mice and put measures in place to stop the mice returning.
Our work is carried out by CRB checked pest control operatives who are trained to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2 (Level 2 Award in Pest Management). We adhere strictly to current health and safety legislation and if required can arrive in unmarked vehicles.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions are experts in mice pest control in Colchester, Ipswich and across the Essex and Suffolk area, and can get rid of a mouse pest infestation quickly. Emergency mice pest control appointments are available and we can use unmarked vans if preferred to protect your reputation.
Facts About Mice
The best known and biggest rodent problem affecting homes and businesses today is the Common House Mouse (Mus domesticus), which is usually 2-4 inches long and light brown to black in colour, mice will eat virtually anything. They contaminate far more food than they consume and spread many diseases, particularly food poisoning.
As well as being a significant source of infection, they can also cause a large amount of damage to property. They will chew anything, from furniture to structural woodwork and plasterboard. They will also chew through cables causing a potential fire risk. Though they’re a common sight in buildings across the country, most of us have probably never really given mice a second thought. As a result, there’s a lot we don’t know about these tiny creatures.
Mice Are Big Eaters
Despite their tiny size, mice generally eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Often, they’ll feast on food and crumbs that have dropped behind units and out of packets in your kitchen, or they’ll search through local streets to find their feast. As a result of this healthy appetite, mice produce between 40 and 100 droppings a day. Spotting a scattering of these droppings is often the first sign you have a rodent problem in your home.
Mice Like to Come Inside for the Winter
The most common time for mice to find their way into the home is during the colder months of the year. They’ll come in looking for shelter from the cold, food and water. If you have any food supplies that aren’t stored in mice proof cupboards or containers, these intrepid rodents are guaranteed to find them and set up roost in your home. Once in, mice can be very hard to get rid of, so if you spot any of the creatures, or any droppings, you’ll need to contact a professional immediately.
Mice Can Communicate
Mice are a lot cleverer than most people give them credit for. They have a complex method of communication that involves both sound and smell and they can empathise with other mice. They can actually sense the experiences of their fellow rodents and this can affect their mood and behaviour.
Mice Can Fit Through Tiny Gaps
Mice are incredibly good at getting through tiny gaps. They’ll try and squeeze through any crack, nook or cranny they can if it means getting to food. And as they’re able to fit their bodies through gaps as small as 6mm, there’s nearly always a space they can get through. This means it can be almost impossible to keep them out of your house without calling in mice control experts, especially if you live in one of the many period properties in Suffolk and Essex.
Mice Don’t Venture Far from Home
Once they’ve decided your home is the perfect spot for them, mice generally won’t venture too far from their nest. On average, mice travel no more than 10 to 30 feet from their home, using their nest as a base for their explorations. However, though they don’t go far, they do get out and about regularly, with most mice giving their territory a once over every single day.
Mice Breed Like… Mice
Though they live for an average of just five months in the wild, mice can produce a huge amount of offspring in their short lives. Mice start breeding at around two months old and are capable of producing a staggering 7- 8 litters of 4 – 16 pups a year. This means that, if you get a few mice living in your home, it could turn into a veritable colony within just a few months.
Mice Can Spread Diseases
Though mice might look adorable and sweet, they can spread a large number of diseases and create a health hazard in the home. In fact, mice have been shown to carry up to 200 human pathogens, potentially damaging the health of you and your family.
Do You Have a Mouse in Your House?
Autumn is prime time for mouse encounters. It’s getting cold outside, so in they come where it’s not only much warmer, but there’s also a plentiful supply of food and shelter. Here we discuss some of the places Mus Musculus, to give it its proper name, likes to hide out – and what you, and we, can to do get rid of them.
Where Do Mice Hide?
Lofts, attics and eaves are common places the house mouse likes to hide in. They use any insulating material like paper and cardboard, plus any fabrics you have stored away, to line their nests. They are equally happy with life at a low level, too, as they can get through air bricks and vents to basements and cellars.
As the house mouse has such a small body (usually just 2-4 inches long) it can hide in quite narrow gaps, so check out the back of kitchen appliances such as cookers, freezers and dishwashers. Mice are attracted to all parts of the house which don’t see much human traffic, which includes cavity walls, suspended ceilings, and under stairs and airing cupboards.
It’s not just indoors, either, as mice are often found in sheds, garages and compost heaps. If you have a composter, check it for a bite and gnaw marks. In these situations, it may be a field mouse, rather than a house mouse, which is causing the problem.
Tell-Tale Signs of Mice
Mice lack bladder control, and so one of the easiest ways to spot them is through a build-up of their urine or droppings. House mice urinate frequently, leaving behind a strong, ammonia-type smell. The stronger the odour, the closer you are to the nest. They also leave copious amounts of droppings – 50-80 a night and all between 3-8mm in length. Check inside cupboard tops, along skirting boards and even in your cutlery drawer.
There are other ways you can detect the presence of mice in your home. Dusty areas of lofts, attics and basements will often show up their footprints and tail marks, while their bodies often brush up against walls, floors and skirting, leaving grease marks. And if you can hear scratching under the floorboards, it could well be a house mouse.
What You Can Do About Mice Problems
There are a few simple steps you can take which will reduce the risk of a mouse or rat problem in your home. Make sure all holes which accommodate pipework and electrical cables are well sealed to stop them squeezing through. Air bricks and vents should be kept in good condition and sealed with wire mesh. This will allow air to circulate but stop your mice pest problem.
All doors need to be properly fitted, so install bristle or brush strips if there are any gaps at ground level. And cut back any overgrown vegetation, particularly hanging branches, which are close to the house, as these offer mice potential nesting sites – and a route inside your property, usually via the roof or eaves.
The life cycle of mice
The House Mouse is a prolific breeder. They have a gestation period of just three weeks, with litters of up to 16. Newborn mice are blind and furless but 3 days after birth, hairs will start to grow and at about one and a half weeks their eyes will open. These young will reach sexual maturity in around 8 weeks and be able to have litters of their own.
mice Pest TREATMENT
Mice feed little and often, sometimes even up to 25 times a day. For this reason, it pays to put down plenty of anticoagulant baits located in tamper-proof bait stations, which should ensure that your mouse problems are solved in around 3 visits. Proofing of potential entry points is always recommended to prevent the infestation from returning. We always aim to use environmentally-friendly products, and all our work is carried out by friendly, experienced staff who are all trained to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2 (Pest Management). They use unmarked vans to provide a discreet service.
Contact us now for friendly and effective assistance with mice pest control.