FREE SURVEY FUMIGATION HOUSE CLEARANCE JET WASHING MICE CONTROL
First the danger, mice are more of a problem in buildings because they live indoors. They are more liable to cause fires by gnawing cables and they can damage insulation in animal housing causing costly heat loss and expensive replacement.
Mice carry diseases such as salmonella and they can transmit a type of Leptospirosis, but not Wiel’s disease. Their continual dribble of urine contaminates food and feedstuffs. They are a particular problem in poultry units and pig housing and a very real pest in grain stores, warehouses, shops, hospitals, and domestic premises.
Being so small they are very easily carried, unnoticed, in egg boxes, food packaging, laundry baskets, etc. Entering a new location through gaps as small as 6mm, mice build nests which are hard to find, populating an area with new colonies quickly with devastating effect. Because mice can reach sexual maturity 42 days after birth, population grow much faster than those of rats, which take about twice the time to reach maturity.
The difficulty of preventing access, coupled with the rapid population growth and natural dispersal of mice, means that a large building may contain a number of colonies, each of which must be treated as a separate infestation and control needs to be tackled systematically.
|Latin name:||Mus domesticus|
|Adult Weight:||15-25 grams|
|Length (head + body):||70-90mm|
|Length (tail):||80-100mm, usually longer than the head & body|
|Length of hind feet:||16-19mm|
|Fur & colour:||Brownish grey. Lighter shades occur.|
|Ears & hearing:||Large with some hairs, approx length of ear 12-15mm. Excellent sense of hearing.|
|Eyes & sight:||Small, poor sight, colour blind|
|Snout, smell and taste:||Pointed, excellent sense of smell & taste|
|Droppings:||Scattered, rod shaped, 3-6mm long|
|Habits & habitat:||Sometimes burrows. Lives indoors & outdoors but is almost unknown in sewers. Nest generally within stored materials but may burrow. Climbs. Eratic in habit. Inquisitive towards new objects. Range 1.5 – 5 metres.|
|Feeding habits:||Nibbles. Prefers cereals. Consumes 3 - 5 grams per day. Unlike rats, can survive with very little water & often obtains sufficient water in food without the need to drink.|
|Life cycle:||Span 9-12 months|
|Sexual maturity:||7 weeks. Litter size 5-6 offspring.|
|Maximum reproduction rate:||8 litters per year|
|Physical capabilities:||Distance moved: 3 - 10 metres, up to 100 metres. Jumping: vertically more than 24 cm. Swimming: speed 0.7 km/hr. Climbing: telephone wires, outside pipes, brick walls|