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I have mice in the kitchen! What should I do?
There are many reasons you could have a mouse problem, including a number of external factors beyond your control such as building works, flooding and cold weather that can drive them into your home and business even if you’re keeping it clean.
80% of homes in London will encounter mice at some stage, revealed by holes in food containers and boxes, rice-sized droppings and gnawing and scratching sounds, particularly at night. Mice thrive wherever they can find a reliable food source, which is why they’re so often found in kitchens.
Mice have no respect for human boundaries, and can infestation can quickly spread from property to property – especially in period buildings full of holes and easily-gnawed materials. The most common point of access we encounter is the hole surrounding pipes beneath kitchen units.
Mice are a health hazard
Having mice in your home is more than just an inconvenience, they can also pose a serious health risk.
Mouse droppings and urine deposited by mice can go unnoticed on work surfaces in the kitchen and disease can be transferred directly through human contact. Murine typhus, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and Salmonella are all spread by house mice.
Damage caused to a property can include gnawed furniture, upholstery and flooring. Mice in London are also renowned for causing fires and electrical damage by chewing through cables located in cavity walls.
Without treatment a mice infestation in London can quickly get out of hand with the potential for a population explosion within a couple of months.
Mice gestate in 20 days with a litter of up to 12 pups during optimum production. Mice are as polyestrous – meaning they can can breed all year around – which is why effective pest control is imperative to removing the entire family of mice as opposed to trapping an individual.
What are house mice (mus musculus)?
Mice are the most widely distributed pest species in London and can be found in residential and commercial properties, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, hotels, airports, bars, clubs, offices, gardens, embassies, schools and museums.
Mice are not to be confused with the brown rat and the main identifiers for the house mouse are outlined below:
- typically 7.5-10 cm long
- tail length 5-10 cm
- weight 10-25 grams
- no hair on ears and tail
Here’s a simple checklist to tell if you have mice in your property:
- Scratching and squeaking sounds behind floors, walls or ceilings
- Distinctive, sharp smell of ammonia near main infestation areas
- Small, dark droppings, the size of a grain of rice
- Small shredded bits of paper or foil, wood shavings, etc.
- Nests/nesting material usually in quiet, out-of-the-way areas
Our mice control service
At Environ Pest Control we conduct a full site survey of both the internal and external parts of the premises followed by a bespoke, site-specific treatment to ensure we control the population of mice in the quickest, most convenient and humane manner possible.
If our pest control technician cannot identify the movement of the mice, we will lay down an ultra-violet tracking dust to monitor movement and eliminate any guesswork.
This is then followed with a second visit 14 days after the initial treatment where external proofing will be implemented to stop any further infestation in your home.
If you are having mouse control problems in the kitchen or anywhere else in your home or business, call now or request your call back for a quote.