They carry diseases, are a nuisance with their constant gnawing on things, and are a potential fire hazard as well. If you have an infestation of mice, therefore, it is essential that you apply mouse control techniques and call a professional to be sure of getting rid of the problem.
How To Recognise a Mouse Infestation
The two most commonly found mice in houses and gardens are Wood and House mice. The Wood mouse is a little over 5cm long (not including the tail) and is a light brown colour. The House mouse is a little smaller and of a darker colouring, also with smaller ears. You can easily tell a mouse from a young rat by looking at their feet; the feet of a rat are much larger in comparison with their body than a mouse’s. Adult rats, of course, are bigger than mice.
On average, a mouse will let go of 70-80 droppings every day.
Mice are nocturnal creatures, however, so you might not see them during the day at all, meaning that you might only see the signs that they have been there.
They also leave dark coloured droppings around the place, and are constantly chewing on things so gnawed furniture, cereal boxes, or any number of other things, most importantly cables, are signs that you have a mouse infestation. The chewing of cables and scratching sounds can sometimes be heard at night.
On occasions, in fact, mice make their nest within electrical appliances so it is important to carry out mouse control as soon as you can. Apart from seeing them or noticing their effects, however, the best way of noticing mice at night is to listen carefully for a scurrying sound.
Mice breed very quickly so it is important to get rid of your mouse infestation as soon as you can. To be sure of achieving this properly, it is best to invite a professional to take care of the job.
HOUSE MOUSE HABITS AND BIOLOGY
If there are good living surroundings (food, water, and shelter), they can increase rapidly. They sexually mature in two months, producing about 8 litters in a one year life time. Each litter has 4-7 pups.
The house mice in city surroundings may spend their whole life in buildings. In country and built-up settings, it may not only live inside, but be found outside close to foundations, in the bushes, weeds, crawl spaces, basements, or in garages.
They stay alive well on weeds, seeds, or insects, but when their food supply is shortened by the colder months they move into nesting closer to a food supply. They create their nest from spongy soft material like paper, insulation, or furniture padding. These nests are established in many areas including: in walls, ceiling voids, storage boxes, drawers, under major appliances, or within the upholstery of furniture. Outside the nests are established in debris or in ground burrows.
House mice have a characteristic musky odor that identifies their attendance within the area. Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during daylight hours
Mice eat several times at changed areas, they do have two main feeding times this is earlier than sunrise and at sunset, and they would snack at other times of the day at intervals or every 1-2 hours. They can eat about 10 to 15% of their body weight every day, the adults weighing about 5/8-1 oz. Mice also cache food as supply permits. They get much of their water from food products.
House mice are outstanding climbers and can run up any jagged vertical surface. It will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up about 12- 13 inches from the ground onto a level surface.