The most common varieties of mice we see in people’s houses and businesses are field mice, house mice and wood mice. These mice also developed a relationship with human populations, a relationship that has endured for thousands of years. Mice are now found in almost every corner of the globe except the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Mouse borne diseases and parasites represent a significant public health threat. Those Most At Risk Include: Children, Pregnant Women, The Elderly and people Convalescing.
Salmonella – Severe and sometimes fatal food poisoning.
Tularemia – If bitten by a rodent this bacteria can attack your immune system and lungs.
Leptospirosis – Weil’s disease – a notifiable disease, leading to multi-organ failure and death.
E.coli 0157 – This frightening disease from rodent faeces causes renal failure and intestinal bleeding.
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – Viral Meningitis that starts of innocently like flue.
Plague – Very rare in this country, but cannot be excluded from thought.
How Mice Spread Diseases And Parasites
The Most Common Routes Of Transmission Include:
Biting – you, your children, family, pets or livestock
Urine & Droppings – Infecting your groceries and work surfaces with urine and over 30 droppings each per night
Being eaten – by your pets
Contaminating – pets and your pets food and water
Spreading – blood sucking parasites like fleas and mites
Contaminating – water supplies especially where they fall into water tanks
What Do Mice Look Like?
Key Features Of The House Mouse (Mus musculus):
Diseases Include: Bubonic plague, Typhus and Weil’s disease are among the best known.
Life Span: 18 Months
Length (body only): 15 – 20 cm (body only) – up to 45cm including tail
Weight: 20g when mature
Colour: black, grey
Sexual Maturity: 4 Weeks
Gestation Period: 19 days
Number of litters: 8 per year
Number of young: 6 – 8 per litter
Diet: They are Omnivores, feeding on almost anything.
Daily food: 2.8g
Daily water intake: 1.5ml
Mice are controlled and eliminated in two ways. The first and most popular method is to control populations with lethal control methods. The second and least popular method is exclusion and environmental control.
The most popular methods of lethal control include: Trapping (cages, snap-traps, glue boards), Poisoning (bait, liquid feeds, contact poisons), Shooting (air-weapon, fire-arms, shot-gun).
The most popular methods of environmental control include: Proofing/Exclusion (preventing mice entering an area) or Line of sight (ensuring all sources of cover, concealment and encourage are eliminated).
Successful control of pest problems associated with mice, demand that a variety of these methods are utilized together. Only by using a combined and integrated methodology will it be possible to control mice successfully in the longer term. However, the fact remains that adjoining properties might not share your proactive stance, and in time the rodent population will return. It might be in five minutes or five years, but eventually they will return – and you must be ready for them!
Eliminating mice can be a complex task, but commonly the best scenario is to always focus on controlling the rodent population as close to its source as possible. Drain faults and building faults are by far the most common routes of mouse entry into our homes and structural repairs and proofing by experts like ourselves can solve a mouse problem for good.
Poison and traps have their place but repairs and proofing are always preferable, because they solve the pest problems and don’t just subdue it for a few weeks or months.
We solve and avoid the traditional cycle of: Bait – Stink – Flies – Repeat! Our former clients are now enjoying the tranquility of a mice free home because we check everything. Our inspections include drains, wall cavities, attics, cellars and kitchens etc, are all considered in our unique inspection process. Everything we do is focused on solving your pest problem and not just treating it.