What do they look like?
The mouse found commonly in buildings is the house mouse. The fur colour varies between light brown and grey. Body length varies between 60-90mm and the tail can add an additional 100mm. Often the droppings found are black, rod-shaped and 3-6mm long.
What do they eat?
Their favorite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything. Most of the damage they do is by gnawing and ripping open packets. They also foul food with urine and droppings. Mice will gnaw their way through wood to get to sources of food.
Where do they live?
Why are they pests?
The house mouse can be found in a wide range of urban and rural buildings, although it may live for part of the year outdoors. Mice live in nests, which are often built inside houses, especially during the winter. Nests are built wherever there is access to a good source of food. Spaces under the floor and lofts are favored places for nests, which are built out of cloth, wool and paper.
Mouse holes are normally 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can be heard running about as they search for food.
Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm.
Mice numbers need to be controlled because:
- They eat and can contaminate all types of food.
- They can damage and destroy property
- They carry diseases that are hazardous to both humans and animals.
- Diseases include typhus, trichinosis, and jaundice (Weils disease)
How can I tell whether my house is infested with mice?
Signs of a mouse infestation can include the presence of droppings, footprints in damp soil or dust, and burrows in the ground. Indications of an infestation can include signs of gnawing.
How can I get rid of mice?