Mice are a common pest wherever you live and they usually start to appear in the Autumn or early Winter. Rural properties are often effected more than urban ones as field mice are looking for a warm refuge to over winter.
Being excellent climbers they frequently take up residence in attics and roof spaces and are common within garages and outbuildings.
Mice in the home
Once they have gained entry to your home they are most commonly heard moving about in the loft or cavity walls. There may be signs of them in food storage or preparation areas. Tell tale signs being droppings or chewed food containers.
Mice are nocturnal so you may also just catch sight of one in your peripheral vision during the evening.
They are a problem that should not be ignored as other than for hygiene reasons they can also cause serious damage to the wiring of your house if left unchecked.
Mouse proofing the home
One of the most important tasks before tackling the mice you have, is to try and discover how they gained entry to the property. Favourite entry points for mice is through damaged air bricks holes around pipes or under exterior doors if the gap is sufficient.
Around pipes you can use a product like Mousestop that is applied with a Skeleton Gun and there are Mousemesh grills in different sizes that will cover damaged air bricks. You can also use wire mesh and expanding foam or decorators filler to block any entry points.
Controlling with mouse poison
Mouse Poison is one of the quickest and most effective methods of mouse control. It is available in different formulations and forms. Most poison for the home user will be in a sachet form, which is a very handy and convenient method of baiting.
There are grain baits like Rentokil Mouse Killer Grain Bait or Roban Cut Wheat Sachets. There are block baits like Rentokil Weatherproof Blocks and paste baits like Racan Mouse Killer Paste bait all will be effective if used correctly.
Mouse poisons should be place inside a lockable mouse bait station this removes the risk of secondary poisoning to non target species. If you are baiting in a roof space or under floorboards you could get away without using bait stations. In these circumstances a grain bait in a sachet can be left in the open.
Controlling with mouse traps
Mice are relatively easy to catch in a trap compared to rats, so a combination of poison and traps is a good approach to any control programme.
As with the poison if there is any possibility of small children and pets getting access to set traps then they should be placed in a Protecta Mouse Bait Station that can accommodate them.
Traps like the Trapper Mini-Rex or Snap E mouse trap should be baited with something like chocolate spread or peanut butter. There are also Hidden-Kill disposable mouse traps that are for people that prefer not to see the trapped mouse.
If you prefer not to kill the mice at all then you can use a non-lethal approach with live capture traps.
Methods we don’t recommend
Glueboards are sold by many companies, we believe this is an unnecessary and inhumane method of rodent control and don’t offer these products.
Sonic mouse repellers that you plug in are widely toted as simple methods of mouse control. There is no evidence that these are effective if anything the opposite. We don’t offer these either.