You’ve got mice! You’re looking for someone to carry out pest control in Sittingbourne, or pest control in Thanet. Maybe Canterbury pest control is on your radar. Wherever you’re located in London or Kent, we’re here to get rid of your mouse problem quickly, efficiently and humanely. In today’s post we’re going to look into mouse infestation and why it’s important to keep mouse populations under control.
Mouse control – Why does it matter?
You might think mice are cute and furry. They are… but they also pose a serious hazard to human health when their numbers get out of control, or when they set up home where they’re not supposed to be. The last thing you want is mice in your home, school, restaurant, business or industrial premises. If you manage to infect your customers thanks to a mouse invasion, you can be closed down or even dragged through the courts. It really isn’t worth the risk.
Mice can spread disease just by being there and going about their everyday business. They’re a particular threat in kitchens and anywhere else food is prepared, and it’s never a good idea to let them take over places where children play. Because they constantly chew at their surroundings, they can cause surprising amounts of damage to property. And because mice pee more or less constantly, their urine gets absolutely everywhere.
Mice transmit diseases to humans and other animals by biting, through their saliva, droppings and urine, fleas, lice, mites and ticks. They can carry nasties like salmonella and hantavirus, leptospirosis and rat-bite fever, and of course the infamous Bubonic plague, thankfully treatable these days with a dose of streptomycin, gentamicin, doxycycline or ciprofloxacin antibiotics and curable as long as it’s diagnosed within 24 hours of infection.
How do you know if you have a mouse infestation?
When it’s quiet, mice can be heard scratching. Their urine smells strongly of ammonia. They’re nocturnal, so it’s easy for them to reach problematic proportions without anyone noticing they’re there, only hunting for food between dusk and dawn. But there are signs to look out for.
- Mouse droppings in the mornings – dark poops about 3 – 8mm long inside and on top of furniture and on the floor
- Greasy marks left as they habitually brush past walls, floors and skirting
- Urine pillars, a dramatic and hideous phenomenon that can end up as much as 4cm high
- Scratching noises at night coming from partition walls, under floors, in airing cupboards, lofts and basements, and from under furniture and appliances
- Nests made from newspaper and fabric
- Little footprints and tail prints in dust
- Dead mice, a sure sign there are plenty more around
- A powerful smell of ammonia
- Gnawed areas at the bottom of doors, units, appliances and furniture
Places to look for mice indoors and outside
Mice have highly flexible skeletons and can squeeze into tiny spaces, so you need to monitor the indoors and outdoors carefully for signs. They are active all year round, a problem in summer, spring and autumn as well as winter. Here are the main places to check.
- Lofts, attics, eaves, basements and cellars
- Inside and underneath heaps of old cardboard, rope, paper, fabric or anything else chewable
- Behind and underneath kitchen appliances and furniture of all kinds
- The places where pipes or cables enter a building
- Cavity walls and all other hidden spaces
- Sheds, garages and outbuildings
- Compost heaps and bins
- Areas of overgrown vegetation, especially near walls
Mouse exterminator London – About our mouse infestation removal services
No two mouse infestations are the same. We’ll tailor the treatment we recommend depending on your particular problem and circumstances. Our technicians are properly BPCA-certified, all experts in the field, and they’re also experienced enough to give you common sense guidance about how to stop the mice coming back.
- Experience across every industry, including restaurants, schools, hospitals and chains
- An in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation, including health and safety
- Mouse monitoring to help identify issues
- Thermal imaging tech to pinpoint priority areas
- Minimal disruption to your home or business
- Special RADAR equipment designed to catch, isolate and eliminates the rodents cleanly and humanely
- Rodent Odour Control products available
- Expert advice about rodent-proofing
Need help fixing a mouse problem?
If your home, business premises, restaurant, school or chain is suffering from an infestation, call us for expert emergency pest control in London and beyond, from mice to rats, pigeons to bedbugs.