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Get Rid Of Mice In Bristol

A mouse infestation could be terrible news for your long-term health, your property, and your food is at risk if a mouse problem is not controlled quickly.

So what is the Intelligent Mouse Control System that’s ending the traditional cycle of Bait-Stink-Flies-Repeat? Customers in Bristol are now enjoying the tranquillity of a rodent-free home because we do our best to check everything.

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Effective control might require a year-round service to the pest problem that looks past mouse traps and ways to catch mice. Instead, we need first to consider the most obvious of all questions. “How did the mice get into your property?”.

Exclusion or proofing integrated with other methods of removal will prevent mice and other rodents. This is always the best course of action because it is the most effective and humane form of treatment. You don’t need traps or poison pests that can’t enter!

Mouse poison might seem attractive until you find yourself sharing a home with the stench or strong smell of a dead rodent. It’s often at this point that a customer will instruct the services of a professional pest control company.

Mice don’t tend to smell too badly unless they perish on a hot water pipe! Rats by contrast produce a very powerful odour that sometimes causes residents to leave home.

Exclusion should come slightly after professional poison, so sick or dying mice have an opportunity to leave the building in search of water.

What Diseases Could A Mouse Transmit?

salmonella pests poisoningSalmonella could come from a mouse infestation or other sources.

Mouse borne diseases and parasites

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, tularemia 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 innocently like the flu.

Plague – Very rare in this country but cannot be excluded from thought.

How Mice Spread Diseases And Parasites

Routes of Disease 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 night

Being eaten – by your pets

Contaminating – pets and your pet’s food and water

Spreading – blood-sucking parasites like fleas, bed bugs 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

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

Why Get Rid Of Mice?

Pests are super-spreaders of human disease.

The mouse is a common species of rodent, symbolized in children’s books as cheerful creatures with pointed noses, round ears and a thin tail. In reality, they are nuisance pests that no one is happy to see.

This isn’t that far from the truth, as mice are generally quite agile, discreet and cute to look at. However, from a pest control standpoint, these wild animals are a serious disease risk, so you need to get rid of mice in your house as quickly as possible.

Many species are considered pests of economic and medical importance because of their damage to food sources. Some of the diseases they carry are transmittable to humans.

Another important consideration focuses attention on the rate at which these rodents can reproduce.

If conditions are right, mice develop populations of plague proportions in a minimal amount of time.

The only good news is that pest control problems will be settled fairly easily if we apply the right mix of pest management approaches.

What Kinds of Mouse Are There In Bristol?

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The UK is home to many types of rodent, but as we scale down by species, we only have a small number of mouse species.

Common species of mouse you might encounter as pests include the Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), House Mouse (Mus musculus) and the Yellow-Necked Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis).

For the sake of simplicity, these define the three UK species of mouse noted as pests within properties.

What Do Mice Eat?

Mice are omnivores (they eat anything), so they benefit from various food sources, with a strong preference for cereals. A varied diet is a significant reason these rodents are so successful in so many different habitats.

Removal of access to food by storing it in airtight containers should help protect the food from damage by rodents and other pests or other wildlife.

Where Do Mice Live?

Three different species of mouse look for food and shelter in houses and commercial buildings.

The most likely species in your home are the Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), House Mouse (Mus musculus) and Yellow-Necked Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis).

These little rodents have been present within the United Kingdom for millennia and are nothing new. Some people think these mice first appeared after being brought to our shores by the Romans, but no one can really decide. Most mouse infestation issues we see involve field mice or house mice.

How Do You Get Rid Of Mice?

We control a mouse problem in two ways. The first and most popular method is to control the mouse infestation with lethal pest control methods.

The second and least popular method to control mice includes exclusion and environmental pest control that may be a permanent solution to prevent mice from entering a building.

Popular lethal pest control methods include

Trapping (cages, snap-traps, glue boards) and Poisoning (bait, liquid feeds, contact poisons).

Favoured methods of environmental pest control over time include

  • Proofing/Exclusion (preventing a rodents from entering an area)
  • Line of sight (ensuring areas of cover, concealment and encouragement have been eliminated).

Successful management of rodent infestations demands you employ a variety of these methods together.

Using a combined, integrated mouse control methodology is possible to rid yourself of mice successfully over the longer term.

However, the fact remains that adjoining properties might not share your proactive stance, and in time the population will return.

It might be in five minutes or five years, but eventually, they will return – and you must be ready for them!

Why Are Mice In Your House?

Pest control is sometimes a complex task, but the best scenario is to always focus on controlling the pest population as close to its source as possible.

Buildings provide easy routes of entry for a mouse looking to secure a safe place to live or new food resources. A quick search for entry points and signs of ingress or access is always recommended by professionals. Commercial properties will often be substantial and have multiple entry points.

Homes in need of structural repairs and proofing that might not be immediately obvious are prime targets for infestation.

Professional proofing by experts like ourselves should solve a mouse problem for good, and sometimes without poison. It prevents mice, rats and other pests from your garden and surrounding areas from getting into your home.

Poison and traps have their place, but repairs and proofing are always preferable because they solve the pest problems and don’t just subdue them for a few weeks or months. Remember – exclusion is always the most humane form of control.

How Mice Get In Your Attic

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Rodents enter attics and loft spaces through various means, including climbing plants, overhanging trees, building faults, and even adjoining properties, primarily through the attics and floor voids.

Mice are living outdoors and only venture into buildings as autumn temperatures start to dip. House mice are one exception to this rule.

Climbing Plants:

Climbing Plants offer rodents a convenient route of entry into your attics, lofts and crawl spaces.

Plants like Wisteria, Virginia Creeper, Clematis, Ivy, Jasmine and Roses offer a perfect climbing frame for rodents to climb. Once a mouse reaches your gutters, it usually squeezes under the tiles and enters your loft.

The best way to manage this is to ensure that you have at least 12 inches of clearance between the highest reaches of your roof and the plant.

Rodents will often climb the rest of the way, but their range might be significantly curtailed.

Overhanging Trees:

Almost all broadleaf trees will very quickly develop sprawling branches that grow over and onto your roof.

Sprawling branches and plants like vines and ivy create the perfect natural ladder.

With branches, we recommend a clearance of at least a meter to perturb not just mice but also squirrels and rats.

Building Faults:

Building faults are usually the most likely place for rodents to enter your property at ground level.

The most likely entry points include damaged air vents and tumble dryer vents, and holes in defective render and pointing.

Two areas we find that customers miss, again and again, is beneath pipes that come through walls or the unfilled holes where previous pipes were located.

From above, it might look as though pipework is well sealed as it passes through external walls, but running your finger under the pipe might reveal a gap larger than 10mm, perfect for a mouse.

Other animals and insects will also find building faults of interest and these include, squirrels, rats, wasps, bees. Insects may cause structural damage or be parasites of rats and birds, etc.

So building repairs might just remove pests you never knew you had.

Adjoining Properties:

Adjoining buildings can be significant and utterly dreadful sources of mouse activity. Mouse control problems that originate from a neighbour are often difficult to treat effectively.

In some areas, we see terraced houses over 100 properties long, making lasting elimination almost impossible.

Rodents of all kinds will travel through attics, under floors and along gutters to find food and other resources, and sometimes a mouse will decide to stay.

It’s a sad and disturbing truth that rodents from adjoining properties are hard to eliminate quickly.

The best you can hope for is that any mouse activity remains concealed inside the structure of the building and not your living space without damaging wires.

In a terraced property or flat, vast quantities of bait can disappear in just a few weeks because you control the population in an entire terrace or block of flats and not only your own home.

If this happens, it is not the fault of your pest controller, who will have little control or influence over the activity in other people’s homes.

Once again – find the entry point, and you solve the mouse control problem because exclusion is the game!

If all else permanently fails, your final option is proofing or excluding rodents from your living space and accept that they will always be in the walls, under floors and in roof and ceiling voids.

At least you will have the security of a mouse free living space.

Mouse Damage To Cables & Electrical Services

Electrical services should be checked to ensure you are safe. Many properties still have outdated wire fuses in their fuse box or consumer units.

Mice, squirrels and rats have all been the cause of fires. Modern trip switches found in today’s electrical systems make your home much safer and allow you to sleep at night without fear of fire.

Trapping Mice

Knowing where and how to locate and set traps is a fine art. The top mouse trap baits include dark chocolate, peanut butter and raisins.

Traps must be held in place with wire to avoid mice caught by their tail or a single leg dragging traps off into places you can’t reach.

Rodent baits include pastes, grains, wax blocks and liquid poisons. Rodent experts have a huge range of products available to them, whereas amateur users are much more restricted.

Baits must be secured or well protected from non-target species if possible or be secured in bait stations.

A mouse proof property should never need further control, so exclusion is always an essential control component.

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