Mice are one of the most common pest species in the UK. While they are an important part of our natural habitat, they present a risk to public health if they move into your home or business premises. It is important to correctly identify mice and rats as the approach needed to treat each is different.
Mice can spread diseases such as Salmonella and Listeria through their urine, droppings and bedding. They will mark their territory with their urine and build nests near food sources which brings a risk of food poisoning. They can also transmit dirt and bacteria onto your counter tops, cabinets and anywhere else they travel.
If you have a mouse infestation you will notice small black droppings about the size of a grain of rice. These are often first noticed in cupboards, under the kitchen sink in the boiler cupboard or loft. A single mouse can leave approximately 80 droppings per day. You many also smell the ammonia from their urine.
Other signs include dark grey marks on surfaces left by the oils in mouse fur, damage to food packages and gnaw marks.
To maintain the length of their teeth, they will gnaw continuously on whatever they find. In your home or business premises this could include your woodwork, electric cables, water and even gas pipes. The damage caused can be costly.
Property and landowners should take all the necessary preventative measures to prevent mice from using their buildings as a breeding ground. The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 and the Food Safety Act 1990 are legal requirements. Failure to comply with them can lead to hefty fines or even imprisonment.
If you have mice in your building contact us today to solve the problem and provide advice on how to prevent them from coming back in the future