Coronavirus response: Terminix is committed to protect your business, family and home as an essential service provider. Learn more here >
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice?
You can make your building environment less attractive to mice so you don’t have mice to get rid of by considering the following:
- Proofing – mice can squeeze through gaps just 6mm high by 9.5mm wide, so small gaps allow easy access. Seal up the most common entry points – around pipes and cables that penetrate walls and underneath doorways.
- Food cupboards – ensure food cupboards close tightly, with no gaps at the back for mouse access
- Food storage – place all stored food, including pet food, off the ground and keep opened packages in sealed containers
- Food spillages – clear up spillages immediately and keep all areas clean
But if you have mice present in your property, then through using toxic baits and traps strategically located in areas of activity, control can be achieved
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE MICE?
The following are signs that mice may be present:
- Sightings – dead or alive
- Droppings – mice produce up to 80 droppings a day which resemble black grains of rice
- Urine trails – stains along their travel routes
- Damage – mice will gnaw a wide range of materials, not just foods
- Smears – black greasy marks may be left by mice repeatedly running over prominent objects
- Footprints – in dust or flour
- Smell – there is usually a distinctive odour in areas where mice live in large numbers
- Nests – collections of gnawed materials built into a ball
- Noises – in voids such as wall cavities, in lofts or beneath the floor
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MICE?
Few people really like rats or mice, and no one wants them in their home or within their business property. House mice are small, with their body rarely exceeding 9cm with a dark grey-brown back and light grey belly.
Mice can be found in almost every part of the country from urban to rural areas. Typically they are more likely to be present within buildings more often than rats because they are smaller and are able to find more available ways into a building, as they can fit through cracks or holes just 6mm high (about the size of a pencil).
Mice will make their nests in many areas in and around a building where it is safe for them to do so, usually in cavities, floor voids, or loft spaces.
The best way to avoid an infestation of mice is to provide access to as little harbourage and food source as possible that might attract rodents in the first instance, combined with sealing as many gaps in the external shell of your property that mice might otherwise gain entrance.
Evidence of mice within your property includes sightings, droppings and damaged goods that have been gnawed at. Should you find such evidence then we recommend contacting Terminix as soon as possible, because if left untreated the problem can quickly escalate (in ideal conditions and with unlimited food supply a breeding pair of mice can lead to up to 2,000 offspring in just 12 months.
All of our technicians are highly trained by our technical team and are certified in the safe use of rodenticides, so they can resolve your problem quickly.
Choosing Terminix means you’re in safe hands!