Mouse as an animal and what to bear in mind

Features and characteristics

 

Mice are small, around 2-3 inches with long hairy tails. Their weight is about 40-50 gr. They have small round bodies and are usually black, brown, or grey with beady eyes. Everything about them is small, except for their big floppy ears. What is interesting is that the house mouse is a very good jumper, climber, and even swimmer. The pregnancy of the mouse lasts about 21 days and the female can give birth to up to 12 babies, who will then reach full maturity in another 21-38 days. Don’t think that seeing just one means there is no infestation. In just about a couple of months, you can find yourself with a lot more than expected, if no preventative measures are taken, and reaching a pest control company might be your only possible solution. Because of their flexible skeleton, mice only need a gap as small as 5mm to gain entry, and even if it’s smaller than that they can chew through.

How did they come in?

 

Any little hole that you have may become a potential entry point and might lead to difficulty in eradicating a future rodent infestation. As mice tend to find the easiest way to enter, focus your attention at lower level gaps, and then start looking somewhere higher. Look out for gnawing marks, droppings. If you accidentally see a mouse, don’t panic – notice which way she’ll go and you may find out where she hides, mice tend to use the same pathways. They are nocturnal which means they are mostly active during the night, while you are sleeping they are scouring for food. Mice don’t necessarily need a separate water supply and can find enough moisture from their food. Mice can stay hidden for a long period of time and it might take a while for you to even start suspecting you have an infestation.

Mice breed rapidly so even if you see just one, keep in mind this can just be the bravest one and there are more hidden in your loft, attic, and basement, under your kitchen, and behind your appliances. It is not unusual for mice to be seen outside as well, so be on the lookout for gnaw marks or entry points around the wooden doors in your shed, in your garage, compost bins, and even vegetation. Cleaning regularly will not get rid of an infestation, but will help prevent it in the future. Proofing any entry points, preventative measures such as sealing your garbage bags, storing your food properly in a tightly closed container, cleaning your kitchen, and not leaving any food crumbs laying on the surfaces will be crucial in controlling a future or already existing infestation. Whenever you get any sighs of mice, it is best you contact a pest control company that will successfully assess your situation and provide you with a specific solution suitable for you and your property

Why do you see them at home and are they dangerous?

 

Mice are extremely adapted to living around humans and exploiting the environment that we create. They’re the most common pest as they`re active all year round and like nesting in warm, quiet places such as lofts or cavity walls. Much like rats, their teeth never stop growing and that is why they need to gnaw constantly. Mice are known for chewing through pipework, walls, and others just to get to a food source. In the human world, mice will eat almost anything they can find, so keep your food properly stored and bins sealed tight. While scouring for food they contaminate not only the food itself but all surfaces by leaving droppings everywhere, which can cause some serious health issues – Salmonella and Hantavirus are some of the many diseases that mice carry. And not only that – while exploring they can chew through electric cable which is a serious fire hazard, it can cause real damage to your property.

House Mouse (Mus Musculus) AccuRat
House Mouse (Mus Musculus) AccuRat
House Mouse (Mus Musculus) AccuRat

Don’t leave any food out, it is best to store it in plastic containers as it won’t attract mice in your property

Don’t leave any remaining food leftovers and make sure you remove and place your garbage in sealed bags.

Declutter regularly and avoid leaving any crumbs on the counters as a small mouse only needs 10% of it's own body weight to feed per day.

If you have pets, you only feed them as much as they can eat in a single take. Remove the container afterwards. meal

Want to get rid of mice as soon as possible? Make sure to contact AccuRat Pest Solutions Ltd. Call for help, ask a member of our friendly staff everything you want to know including when we will have a technician in your area so we can send him as soon as possible, to free your home from the unwanted infestation. Our team will consult you on the best solutions for your property and will collaborate until your pest problem is not fully resolved.

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