Do you have a mouse problem?
Common signs that indicate a mouse problem:
- footprints or tail swipes in muddy areas or dusty surfaces
- gnaw marks on any food or non-food material
- sightings of live or dead mice
- presence of burrows or nests, or mice droppings
- unusual stale odours indoors.
Masons Pest Control has been dealing with mice infestations for over 35 years, and our experienced BPCA-accredited technicians will not only get rid of your mice, but advise you on preventing them coming back. So if you think you have a mouse problem, call Masons right away on 0208 9776894 and let us deal with your unwanted visitors quickly and safely.
If you think you need an on-going rodent treatment service, for example if you are calling on behalf of a school, residents’ association, building management company, or you have a restaurant or catering business, then please call us to discuss our contract service. We can visit your property to make an assessment of your pest control needs, before making regular, discreet visits to ensure your rodent problem is kept under control.
More about mice
Although mice are commonly found in a range of urban and rural buildings, they may live outdoors for part of the year. The average wild mouse will live to about four months, and range in size from 11cm-21cm in length. Mice become sexually mature in eight to ten weeks, and a pair may produce eight litters, each of 16 young, in a year. Multiply those and you arrive at a horrifying number of mice!
Where do they live?
Mice live mainly in nests, which are often built inside houses, especially during the winter. Nests are built wherever there is access to a good source of food, and are generally built out of cloth, wool and paper. Spaces under the floor and lofts are also favoured nesting places. Mice are good climbers so nests may be situated at any level. Where no nesting place is available, mice tend to burrow outdoors in soil as they can easily adapt to different surroundings. They huddle together in colder climates, and can even squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm. Mouse holes are normally 2cm-3cm in diameter.
Why are mice considered a pest?
These nibbling nuisances have a compulsive need to gnaw in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice – many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. They contaminate far more food than they consume and they are capable of carrying many diseases, particularly food poisoning. The average mouse deposits 70 droppings in 24 hours and urinates frequently to mark its territory.
Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food.
What can you about your mouse problem?
Because of mice habits, traditional baiting techniques and trapping frequently do not work, and a combination of rodenticides may be necessary along with mouse-proofing your house. This means blocking, as much as possible, all means of entry. Good techniques include blocking holes with wire wool embedded in quick-setting cement, and fitting metal strips to damaged wooden doors.
For persistent mice problems call a professional BPCA-approved pest controller like Masons Pest Control Ltd.