Mice - Pest Control London

Mice Control in London

House mice are a species of small rodents that has adapted to live humans for many centuries. Natural predators such as owls, skunks, and cats are efficient at trimming their populations outdoors, which gives them another incentive to find their way into buildings such as homes, barns, restaurants, factories, and other structures.

Problems

House mice can transmit diseases such as murine typhus, tularemia, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, and others. The can also damage and contaminate food, particularly if it is proximity of their droppings and urine. Small openings in walls may be progressively widened as the mice begin to multiply and increase activity. As if that is not incentive enough, mice can also damage property by chewing through common building materials such as insulation, siding, and wallboards.

Habitat and Behavior

The humble house mouse is inquisitive, curious about new objects and situations. These mice have a poor sight but make up for it with an excellent sense of hearing, smell, touch , and taste. Like many rodents, the house mouse is a nocturnal creature, it prefers to forage for food and water at night and in the relative safety of darkness.

They are opportunistic and generalist feeders, often biting and clawing their way into food storage areas. House mice do exhibit a preference for seeds and grains, but are omnivorous to the point of eating even their own faeces.

A typical house mouse is small and able to penetrate through openings as wide as six millimetres. They will enter buildings in search of warmth when the weather is cold and food becomes limited. They prefer to nest close to their food sources, travelling as much as 1.5 metres from their harbourage.

Prevention and control

These tips may help you get rid of mice in your home: Store food, water, and garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids Clean up spilt seeds under bird feeders Seal any holes around doors, windows and roofs Remove potential hiding places near the house such as firewood, discarded furniture, and any equipment which is not in use.