How To Get Rid Of Mice In Your House
A professional in the field of pest control explains how to take care of a mice infestation, starting with where and what to look for to confirm the problem exists.
Okay, one of the first pests that comes to mind when we're talking about pest control is often mice, and one of the first questions, or phrases, that we're often told is, "I've seen one mouse". Very, very rarely is there just one mouse. A mouse will give birth to up to sixteen young, and in a year, you've got potentially thousands of them.
One of the first places to look, if you think you've seen a mouse, go underneath your stair cupboard. It's one of the quiet places that people very, very rarely go to. Underneath kitchen kickboards, again, the places that are very, very quiet, but lots of little bits of food get kicked under.
When you're there, you might see what looks like little grains of rice but they're black. That'll be the mouse droppings. Don't be over afraid if there are loads of them, because one mouse does up to eighty droppings a day.
So, how do you get rid of them? Well, the first thing to do is look around the outside of the house. There may be a damaged air brick that will either need replacing, or you'll need to put some mesh fencing over it. If there's a gap underneath the doors, put some bristle strip draught excluder there.
All of these things will stop the mice getting in. Not completely, because modern houses are built with breeze blocks, they're built with stud partition walls, and mice can get to these areas quite easily, even from neighboring properties. If the problem's still going on, you can resort to old fashioned mouse traps.
Now, an old fashioned mouse trap, baited with either a KitKat or some peanut butter, that'll be lovely. Put it sideways onto the wall, because the mice are short-sighted, and when they run straight across it, then it'll just take them out, one at a time. But as I said before, there's often more than one mouse, so actually poisons are the way to go.
If the problem persists, and you continue to see mice running around after you try poisoning them, then that's the time to call in a professional company, preferably one that belongs to one of the trade associations, like the British Pest Control Association, the National Pest Technicians Association, a company like Clean Kill Pest Control. A professional in the field of pest control explains how to take care of a mice infestation, starting with where and what to look for to confirm the problem exists.