Mice - Treatment And Control | Love The Garden

Mice

A House Mouse Sitting on Wooden Boards

Coming face to face with a mouse or a group of mice can be very disconcerting – especially when they're in the house!

Description

Although mice are present all year round, their activity is usually first seen in the autumn when they are looking for a warm, dry shelter for the winter. Suitable places include attics, sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

They can cause serious damage to any materials they find that could be a food source or chewed up and used for creating their nests. They will also chew through plastic, wood and even electrical cables – creating a potential fire risk. They are also a potential human health threat due to the diseases they usually carry.

Mice in the garden itself are more of a nuisance than anything else – they will eat fruit, vegetables and seeds.

Symptoms

Typical tell-tale signs include:

  • Droppings: Smooth with pointed ends, often found in groups of 4-6.
  • Musky odour: Mice leave a trail that has an ammonia-like smell.
  • Gnaw marks: Small and scratchy, usually on wood, wires or other household items.
  • Nibble marks: On packaged food or containers.
  • Scuff marks or greasy smears: Along skirting boards, base boards or around small openings.
  • Noise: Squeaks, rustling or scampering sounds in the walls or attics.
  • Upset pets: They become unsettled when they detect mice in the house.

Treatment and Control

The first line of defence is to mouse-proof your home and buildings. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through the smallest of holes – even those the width of a pencil! So seal any holes to the exterior, such as around pipes for washing machines and dishwashers.

It is important not to attract mice with food – where possible, store food in strong plastic or, better still, metal containers.

Outdoor mice control starts with a good tidy up. Remove piles of debris where mice can hide and nest.

If left untreated, an infestation of mice can quickly spread.

Numerous traps and baits are available.

Live-capture mouse traps are a humane way of getting rid of mice than the more traditional mouse traps. Mouse traps need a bait; chocolate, chocolate spread and peanut butter work well.

With severe outbreaks, you may need to call in a professional pest control company.

If all else fails, get a good mousing cat!

 

Comments

ElviraBaldwin

Rodents Problem

Posted 19 May 2016

Thank you so much for this article. The symptones and treatment mentioned will be really helpful. My aunt faced the rodent problem and the she called up http://pinnaclepest.com/elk-grove-pest-control-service-center/ and told that their service was really very good.

Was this item helpful ?
0 people found this item helpful
X

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to free garden tips and advice now. (No spam, we promise).