Why control?: Despite being very cute to some the House mouse (mus domesticus) carries nearly as many diseases as the Brown rat. They are territorial and mark their territory like other mammals, with urine, which if it happens to be in your cupbaords or on the kitchen surfaces is very unpleasant. Like all rodents they are pathological gnawers and are said to be the cause of many house fires causing short circuits by eating through wires – even if they don’t cause a fire they will leave you with an electrician’s bill to repair the damage.
Our treatment: 3 visits over 28 days
Our treatment program comprises the 3 visits and includes interior proofing (blocking up small holes and cracks). In our experience this is almost always enough to get rid of a mouse problem in a domestic dwelling. However in a small percentage of cases more than 3 visits are required, these subsequent visits would be charged at a lower rate. Any carpentry or exterior work such as covering ventilation bricks or grills with mouse-proof mesh, or blocking up holes with concrete will be charged per hour + materials.
Frequently asked questions:
Why do I have mice? House mice are adventurous and territorial and in attached properties will easily find ways into neighbouring properties, usually under the floors or through the attics/eaves spaces. Once in they can usually then find small holes to get into our living spaces, if they find food there then their numbers can increase very quickly. Often it is an unnoticed box of cereal or rice in the back of a cupboard or cellar that they might be raiding for some time before it is discovered and all we see is more mice sneaking about. So even clean homes get mice, but it doesn’t take much to feed them, even the crumbs left by young children for instance can be enough to see an increase in the numbers…
Wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) are generally a garden dwelling species but will take up residence indoors, sometimes brought in by a cat or wandering in through an open door or window – they are less dangerous in terms of diseases but bigger than house mice and capable of considerable damage by gnawing – these mice can be caught live and released.
I don’t like the idea of poison, can you use traps? Unfortunately mice are surprisingly intelligent and whilst you will catch some members of the population with traps, rarely will you catch them all… The poison generally used in rodent control is slow acting and so even the smart mice do not recognise it as a threat and will keep eating it until they are all gone.
How long does the poison take to act? Within a few days of eating it most mice succumb, but the unknown factor is that it has been recorded to take some mice as long a two weeks to start taking the bait(poison).
Is it dangerous for my children and pets? Rodenticides are dangerous to all mammals. However safe use of rodenticides is top of our list of priorities, and it rarely interferes with the efficient eradication of the mice.
Where do the mice die and will it smell!? Mice are often nesting under the the floor, perhaps below the kitchen or the under stairs cupboard, and they will usually return and die there as they succumb to the poison. It does not take many days for a mouse carcass to decompose and dry out so smells do not last long and are only detectable in a small number of cases. If you are unlucky enough to be one of those cases, it is more often than not a very localised smell, maybe when you open a particular cupboard for example and Proton can help with the odour control after the treatment.
Will the mice come back? Of course in attached properties it is possible that mice can return, but in our experience the odds are not increased just because you had the problem once - for instance if you hadn’t had mice for the 5 years before this problem (and you get rid of them) then there is no particular reason to expect them for another 5 years – there are of course exceptions to this and sometimes it can be a good idea to talk to neighbours and see if they are suffering from a rodent infestation. Loca ground works for building developments, especially basement digging, can disturb rodent nests and territories and cause movement to neighbouring properties.
Why not call now to discuss your situation?