Due to their life patterns and nesting habits, the common house mouse can be a huge challenge for homeowners and commercial premises managers. Mice can carry numerous diseases such as leptospirosis (bacteria found in the urine) to illnesses linked to gastroenteritis. The risk of cross contamination can be very high when dealing with an infestation. Mice also pose a serious threat to the infrastructure of houses and commercial premises. Due to a constant need to gnaw, damage caused to electrical wires and water piping sometime leads to extremely expensive repair works.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF MICE
- In one year a female mouse can have between 5-10 litters of usually 5-6 babies. That is a new litter almost every month.
- Young are born 19-21 days after mating and reach maturity between 6- 10 weeks.
- Mice usually live between 6-12 months but have been known to live up to 2 years in some cases.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Mice – Although predominantly nocturnal animals, mice have been know to venture out during the day, so it’s quite common that you can spot the pest.
- Damage to food produce – Mice are sporadic eaters so tend to eat little and often. This can lead to a very high risk of cross contamination.
- Damage to wires/or piping – As previously mentioned , comes from the mice gnawing.
- Droppings – This is sometimes the easiest way to spot a mouse intruder! Their droppings tend to be black in appearance and are no bigger than a grain of rice.
- Smear marks – Due to the dirty environment that mice live in, their fur tend to be dirty and greasy. When they run along surfaces repeatedly, a black mark can build up. This is known as a smear mark so look out for these!
THE QUICKIL PROCEDURE
- Our highly trained technicians will first establish where an infestation is coming from. In many cases mice gain access to a premises via the space around piping. As they can squeeze through a gap no bigger than a pencil, entry tends to be extremely easy.
- Once ingress points have been established, a course of treatment/visits will be undertaken with the use of specialist rodenticide baits with aim to reduce the current population of the infestation.
- When your technician is happy that the infestation has ceased, the client will be informed of ways in which to prevent reoccurring infestations. If you would like to know how QuicKil can help you with specialist prevention methods please see our prevention page.
Call us free for a telephone consultation or to solve your mice problems now! Call us on 0208 559 4999.