Is there a mouse in your house?
The most common species of mice likely to be found in homes in Berkshire are house mice; they are extremely good climbers, jumpers and swimmers and can fit through the smallest of holes. They range from light to dark brown in colour and, once they have gained access to your property, will seek suitable shelter in close proximity to a food source. Mice are omnivores and will feed on grains, seeds and fruits. They are not picky eaters and have even been known to eat other mice during food shortages. They are known to be sporadic feeders, meaning they’ll feed in several different locations in one given night.
House mice are most likely to be noticed around the home during the colder months of the year when they will be looking for food and warmth. There is nothing better than the warmth of a centrally-heated home with an abundance of food nearby for a mouse trying to seek shelter during winter.
House mice are generally nocturnal creatures, you may see them out and about during the day but they are typically more active at night. The clearest signs of a mouse infestation in a typical suburban home in or around Reading are finding mouse droppings around the home, they can be hard to spot as they are smaller than a grain of rice at around 3-6mm long. You may also notice food disappearing or being partially eaten, boxes being gnawed at and unusual noises around the home.
House mice can carry a number of diseases, including salmonella, hantavirus and lyme disease. They urinate and defecate whilst on the move, sometimes to attract a mate or to leave a scent trail for themselves and other mice to follow which is why removing any infestation is important as they can spread diseases quickly and attract other mice into your property.
Methods to eradicate your house mice problem will mainly take place within the building, once house mice have established themselves in your home they can begin to breed quite rapidly especially if near a food source so it's important to get on top of any infestations early. We use traps to tackle your house mice problem as well as identifying the entry points the house mice may be using to gain entry. We use UV tracking dust to identify entry points, once the mice have passed through this dust they will leave behind footprints, these are clearly visible under a UV torch which can be used to track their movement around the property.
While the treatments are being carried out we recommend all food items are kept sealed away, placing them in higher up cupboards or within thick plastic boxes, this deprives the house mice of food and ensure the only accessible food source is on the traps set up within the property, we also recommend to not leave any pets food down during the night as house mice will quite happily help themselves.