Goodbye Summer, Hello House Mice
Mice are one of the most common pests in the UK. They do not hibernate in winter and are present all year round, however, they are considered a seasonal pest as they become more problematic in colder months.
During the summer, mice populations are at their highest, however they are generally not such a pest as they tend to stay outside. They have fruit and crops to feed on and are largely able to keep warm due to the milder climate, whilst vegetation affords them good protection from predators.
As the cooler weather comes, vegetation dies back and food becomes scarce, therefore mice begin venturing into our homes and businesses for warmth, shelter and to scavenge for food. The hungrier the mouse becomes, the more risks it will be willing to take to obtain food. This can lead them into your kitchen…
How can I tell if I have a Mice Infestation?
Signs of a mice infestation signs include:
- Evidence of nesting such as shredded paper and cardboard
- Gnaw marks of food packaging
- Paw marks in dust or on floors and surfaces
- Noises such as scratching or squeaking
- Seeing a mouse in your home
Is it Dangerous to Have Mice in My House?
Some people may consider mice to be quite cute and may even have pet mice kept in cages.
Direct transmission can occur when food contaminated by mice urine or faeces is consumed, or when water is consumed from a source containing a dead mouse. As mice mark for territory using their urine and build nests near to sources of food, the risk of direct transmission is greatly increased.
Harmful bacteria is carried with the mouse on their fur and paws, which quickly transfers to kitchen counter surfaces, cupboards and floors. Given the small size and agility of mice, their range can be wide reaching within your home.
Indirect transmissions can occur via the parasites mice carry, such as fleas and mites, after they have fed on an infected mouse.
Diseases mice can carry include:
Fast Breeding Rates Require Fast Action!
Mice have a high breeding rate, with a gestation period of 19 to 21 days. Females can have 5 to 10 litters per year, with each litter ranging from around 3 to 14 pups. The female mouse can mate again after giving birth; therefore, it is very important to seek a professional pest control company as soon as you see any evidence of a mouse infestation.
Is there a Mouse in Your House?
For assistance dealing with your pest problem and advice for how to prevent future infestations, Call Avon Pest Control today on 01926 632 929 or 01789 293 463, or click here to visit our website for more information and advice. Our friendly, expert technicians will discreetly deal with your pest problem for you.