The house mouse is common in a wide range of buildings all over Britain. Although mainly a house dweller, it may live outdoors for part or all of the year. The house mouse will invade sheds and out buildings, or even get in to domestic or commercial properties in search of food or shelter.
Household waste may also encourage mice as this can be both a source of food and shelter.
Mice can breed very quickly, and are sexually mature when they are approx 3-4 months old this can lead to several litters a year with up to 8/10 young per litter, this makes it very easy for a mouse infestation to build up very quickly un-noticed.
Brownish-grey in colour
Slightly lighter underside
Size including tail 7cm-9cm approx
Mice are colour blind but have excellent hearing and sense of smell
Mice are very good climbers and are able to climb vertical walls
Signs to look for
Smear marks or hairs around holes where they constantly use the same run
Chewing of wires or cables
Smell from their urine
Damage to food
Damage to stock
Droppings black 1-2mm long
There are many precautions you can take to reduce the chances of getting a mouse infestation
Avoid letting household waste build up that could attract, and act as shelter for, mice.
Make sure that where pipe work enters a building it is well sealed around the edges, any gaps could encourage mice to try and gain access to the property.
Air bricks with gaps of more than 6mm could also allow access for mice and should be fitted with mesh or rodent screens where possible.
Food businesses should dispose of waste food in sealed containers.
Make sure doors fit snugly within their frames, avoiding any gaps at the bottom.
Coventry City Council offers a subsidised chargeable service to treat mice, at a cost of £42.00 to all domestic properties. Book an appointment.
Please be aware:
we will not treat mice in sheds, garages or gardens
we use poison baits
we do not lift floorboards, roof tiles, kitchen plinths, or remove bath panels - this needs to be done in advance of the pest control appointment
we do not carry out proofing work after treatment
access to where the mice are needs to be made by the householder before the appointment
we will not treat properties that are already being treated by a private company