Mice are nocturnal animals and you may not see them during the day. They are inquisitive creatures.
What to look out for:
- Sightings – although they are generally nocturnal you may see them during the day.
- Droppings – look like black grains of rice.
- Signs of gnawing – habitual gnawing is commonplace as their incisor teeth continue to grow and must be ‘worn down’.
- Burrows – holes in the ground up to the size of a ping pong ball.
- Holes in the fabric of the building – about the size of a ping pong ball.
- Smell – musky/urine.
- Noise – like rats they are nocturnal and you may hear them in the building at night.
How to control them:
- Ensure food is stored in sealed containers.
- Clean up any food spills immediately.
- Remove rubbish promptly and store in containers which deny access to mice.
- Clean work surfaces and appliances regularly and thoroughly.
- Find out how they are getting into the building.
- A broken air brick or a gap around a waste water pipe provides access.
- Do not block air bricks but cover with a fine grade metal mesh.
- Seal gaps around pipes and door thresholds.
Mice are controlled by trapping or poison baiting.
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