Mice Pest Control

Why are mice a problem?

The humble mouse might seem like a harmless creature. But left to run wild, mice are likely to cause considerable damage. Their tendency to gnaw through electrical cables can lead to power supply failure or dangerous electrical fires. Mice also chew through cardboard and wooden boxes – potentially damaging anything from clothes stored in a loft to pallets of stock stored in a warehouse.

They contaminate everything they encounter with droppings, urine and hairs.

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One solitary mouse might seem cute, but mice are not solitary animals, just because you only see one does not mean there are not others. Mice breed rapidly and it will not be long before 2 become many, with even more serious health consequences.

Positive Environmental are expert when it comes to mouse control. Whether you have a mice problem in the garden, in your house, or on your business premises or farm, we will: -

  • Provide a flexible mouse control service tailored to your needs and location
  • Identify the sites and extent of your mouse infestation
  • Apply the most appropriate mice control treatment: poison or traps are the most common
  • Arrange a revisit to make sure that the treatment has been effective
  • Provide mice control advice on how to prevent further problems

Our mice control service is available 24/7. We operate a fixed and fair price policy for the best value for money mice control service in Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and the West Midlands.

Why Mice Are A Problem

Mice carry diseases that can be transmitted to man, including salmonellosis and tetanus. They also carry parasites such as ticks, mites and ringworm.

Mice cause structural damage through gnawing, electrical wiring frequently being attacked and presenting a serious fire risk. The damage is often hidden away in walls and under floors, making repairs difficult and expensive.

Mice damage growing crops and stored food. They usually destroy more than they eat because of their wasteful habit of discarding partially eaten food and due to contamination by their faeces, urine and hairs.

Food, clothing, bedding, furniture, books and many other household items are contaminated by their droppings and urine, or damaged by their gnawing.

Feeding

The house mouse is omnivorous. Seeds are the preferred food but mice also like foods high in fat and protein such as butter, bacon, meat and sweets. Mice feed at multiple sites, often 20-30 different sites each day, taking a small amount of food at each. Mice do not travel far from their nest, about 12 to 20 feet.

A typical mouse will consume about 3 gm of food each day, about 10% of its body weight. Mice prefer to live in buildings and other dry areas often close to human food supplies. Mice are nibblers. They do small amounts of damage to many food items in the "home range", rather than doing extensive damage to any one item. They have two main feeding periods, at dusk and just before dawn. There is a definite social ranking among mice that is linked to protection of individual territories that are scent marked with urine. Subordinate mice tend to feed and be sexually active when the dominant males are inactive, generally during the day. Unrelated males are highly aggressive towards each other. Males tend to have larger territories than females and each mouse will travel its entire territory daily to investigate any changes that may have occurred.

Characteristics

Mice have poor vision, hence their activity patterns rely heavily on smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Mice use the long sensitive whiskers near the nose and hairs on the body as tactile sensors. The whiskers and hairs enable the mouse to travel in the dark, adjacent to walls in burrows.

Mice also have an excellent sense of balance, enabling them to walk along telephone wires, ropes and similar thin objects. They are excellent jumpers, capable of leaping at least 12 inches vertically. Mice can jump against a flat vertical surface using it as a spring board to gain additional height.

They can run up almost any vertical surface; wood, brick, weathered sheet metal, cables, etc. They can easily travel for some distance hanging upside down.

Although they are good swimmers, mice tend to take to water only if left with no other alternative.

Mice are basically nocturnal in nature. Mice do not have bladders, as a consequence they urinate anywhere at any time. Mice can enter a building through a hole as small as 6mm in diameter.

Life Cycle Of A Mouse

Mice are prolific breeders and under ideal conditions will breed year round. Mice begin to breed at about 6 weeks of age and the female will have an average of eight litters per year each with an average of six pups. It is not unusual for a female to be lactating and, at the same time, be pregnant with a new litter. The gestation period is 21 days. Pups are born bald, deaf and blind. Their eyes open at around 3 days and they have fur by 10 days. House mice have 5 pairs of nipples. Most mice live anywhere from 15 to 18 months.

They make their nests out of the same types of soft materials as rats, and as many as 3 females may use the same nest.

I have been happily impressed with your thoroughness and professionalism and won't hesitate to recommend you to others.

Nick Bymer
Hereford
(mouse infestation in attic)
March 2015

Excellent service from your company, thank you James.

Barry Dimond
Bromyard
(infestation of mice throughout property)
March 2015

Tel: 0800- 9788 934

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07467 952 - 722 (24 hrs)

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Worcester



 

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