Mice

Mice constantly mark territory. One of the ways of doing so is by urine marking. This is also a great way to spread disease.

  • Several species of mice found in UK
  • Three common species considered pests – Field mice, House mice and Yellow-necked mice
  • Field mice may be attracted to inhabited buildings during winter months
  • House mice are active all year round
  • Field mice are problems in rural areas
  • All mice gnaw
  • Mice live for 2 to 3 months in the wild
  • They breed in early spring and autumn
  • Gestation lasts 25 days
  • Mice babies are born naked and with their eyes closed
  • They are weaned around 18 days’ old
  • Males can be aggressive towards other male mice, even in the nest
  • The house mouse will have 7 to 8 litters a year
  • They eat and drink very little, around 3g a day
  • They are incontinent

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Dangers

  • Gnaw through electrical wires
  • Spread diseases

Diseases spread by mice

  • Salmonella
  • Hantavirus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Listeria

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 8/10 HIGH

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Hazard: 10/10 HIGH

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Must be dealt with immediately

How We Treat This Pest

The pest we are most familiar with and a pest we get great results with! Our treatments include the use of ultra violet to track the rodent entry and exit points, blocking and proofing those entry points and obviously continued support through the process. Please call your local technician to arrange an appointment.

Vital Statistics

Length: Between 80 to 100mm in body length; Tail can be up to 90mm long
Weight: Males can weigh up to 25g, females around 20g
Colour: Tend to be light brown

Interesting Facts

  • Mice are crepuscular – most active during dawn and dusk
  • Mice can swim but will avoid water
  • They have poor eyesight and are thought to be colour blind
  • The fear of mice is called musophobia (Greek)
  • Mice can go their whole lives without a single drink of water as they get enough moisture from the food they eat