It can be difficult to tell whether the one mouse you have spotted is part of a bigger infestation or if it will start to build a nest in your property.
When a mouse infestation becomes a problem
Mice mating will quickly become an issue. Mice breed rapidly, and the problem can soon become an infestation. Mice can have between five and eight litters a year, with four to sixteen babies at a time. Sexual maturity is reached within nine weeks, and mice typically live for 12 months.
A mouse infestation can be very unhygienic and unpleasant. Mice defecate often and tend to urinate as a marker, meaning you may be able to identify harbourages and trails.
If mice have access to food preparation areas, they can contaminate food and non-perishable items, which brings the risk of unpleasant diseases, including salmonella.
Mice can cause a lot of physical damage by gnawing through wooden objects to keep their teeth from growing. Sometimes this is the first sign people notice to indicate they have mice. Mice can also chew on plastic, rubber, and cardboard. If they gnaw through electric cables, there will be a risk of fire. A mouse will even burrow through upholstered furniture to make a cosy nest.
You can tell you have a mouse problem if you spot droppings. However, to the untrained eye, these if small in number can be difficult to distinguish from other surrounding debris. You might also notice the distinct smell of mouse urine, which has an acrid aroma, similar to ammonia. A pest control professional can instantly detect a mouse infestation.
How to control a mouse and its family in the house
The first step we take to control mice is to protect areas where the rodents can enter your house and set up home. This involves sealing gaps around pipes, in brickwork and air vents. We will also emphasis on habitat management, such as clearing away clutter, debris, and overgrown garden areas to make your property and outside space less inviting to mice.
We also undertake rodenticide placement to control populations. Rodenticide is strategically placed and contained in lockable secure bait stations where necessary.
A one-off intensive treatment consisting of several visits may be sufficient to solve a mouse infestation. If not, we can implement a planned, routine programme to rid your property of more problematic mice behaviour.