Commercial & Domestic Mouse Control
AMES offer integrated onsite pest control to resolve problems with mice and infestations in commercial premises and a fast response domestic mouse control service. If you have recently discovered mouse droppings or are searching the internet for advice on ‘getting rid of mice’ then please call us on 0800 197 1650 for professional assistance.
Getting Rid of Mice
Our expert technicians are able to provide rat or mice control and preventative solutions for homes, retail premises, restaurants, commercial kitchens and food preparation areas, offices and public sector buildings.
We can also provide our expertise to housing associations, property management companies, letting agents and councils searching for reliable ‘exterminators’ or preventative pest management services.
We take great care to ensure that when we recommend a solution (or combination of solutions) we are mindful of your business needs including any food preparation, serving or storage issues. Human health and safety and non-target animal safety is obviously treated as an absolute priority. Recommendations are made where appropriate to remove the risk of rodent bait being spread to unwanted areas. The effective use of mouse traps including live traps can be carried out where required.
AMES fully trained technicians are able to provide expert advice and support on preventative measures to minimise the impact of mice problems in the future. Rodent repellents and ultrasonic repellents can be used in certain circumstances to create a protective and preventative solution.
AMES also offer a domestic mice control service throughout the East and West Midlands region which extends to Nottingham and Derbyshire, Peterborough, Burton, Stoke, Stafford, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire in the South.
The need for professional domestic rodent control has become heightened by a reduction in the regularity of waste collection in some regions and the increasing popularity of home composting leading to the retention of food waste, which can attract vermin. The popularity of garden decking has led to sub decking infestations. These popular garden structures create a safe environment for rats, mice and other pests to live under.
The responsible application of rodenticide is carried out to remove the problem from your home. Killing mice is not always necessary if this is not a satisfactory solution for you.
Where desired a humane mouse trap can be used to help treat the problem. We are also able to provide a range of mouse deterrents and repellents. If you have become aware of a rodent problem but are unable to locate the source of the infestation or nest then please call us on 0800 197 1650 for assistance.
If you would like information on a range of rodent products then please get in touch.
We provide tools and services to help catch mice, including:
- Humane mouse traps
- Ultrasonic mice repellents
- Mice poison
- Self-help kits accompanied with information on how to get rid of mice, direct to businesses in the UK.
Get in touch with us now, free on 0800 197 1650.
What Do Mice Eat?
House mice usually make their homes in fields, grassland and wooded areas. They’re experts at building nests in areas that are dark and protected from the harsh weather, they’re also adept scavengers and can squeeze into the tightest of spaces.
Mice are also naturally inquisitive, they spend most of their day roaming their territory and identifying any threats, food sources and mates. Their diet usually consists of nuts and seeds, though if you leave food out overnight, this will also attract mice (especially during the colder months).
Mice, above all else, will look for somewhere warm to live and raise their young. They’re specifically attracted to the smell of food and will squeeze and squirm their way through pipes, drain ways, gaps beneath doors and any other accessible area in order to reach food and warmth.
How Quickly Do Mice Reproduce?
Mice are known for being able to reproduce very quickly. One female mouse has the ability to produce up to eight litters per year, averaging 6 per litter. After the female’s 21-day pregnancy, her babies are born hairless, blind and entirely dependent on their mother for everything.
After 21 days pass, they are slowly weaned off their mother’s food and warmth supply and begin to take short trips away from their nest to explore their surroundings. Mice reach sexual maturity at roughly 35 days old and start the mating process when they are six weeks old.
The First Signs of Mice in Your Home
Probably the easiest to spot, mice droppings are usually found in clusters. Unlike rats, mice defecate in one area, so it’s far easier to spot their mess.
Mice usually roam around in the evening, under the cover of darkness. However, it is not unheard of to spot a mouse scurrying in the middle of the day either. Most of the time, mice will be searching for food, shelter and warmth.
Common places you may find them paw prints may include windowsills, skirting boards and even counter tops.
Chewing and Gnaw Marks
House mice are renowned for their ability to chew through almost anything, from computer cables to carpets. Key things to look out for are accumulations of fresh debris, be it shavings, torn up carpets and in rare cases, holes in your clothing. Teeth and bite marks may also be found along the edges of desks, draws or anywhere the mouse frequently travels by.
Sounds and Smells
During the evening hours, you may here the scuttle or rustle of a mouse in the background. They could be hiding anywhere, but they’re commonly found in the floorboards or your walls. The sound is slight, though recognisable.
They can also be recognised by their distinct smell. Mouse smells is something we talk about in detail in our how to get rid of mice smells article.
Burrows and Tunnels
House mice are renowned for building nests in materials that provide dark and protective environment. They’re fairly easy to spot, as the opening to their burrow is usually tunnel shaped.
Getting Rid of House Mice – Traps and Repellents
There are several ways to help get rid of mice and some people turn to using products. We have listed some of the most common trap and repellent solutions below.
There are several ways to help get rid of mice, some more effective than others. Mouse sprays work by spraying mouse-infested areas in a toxin that deters them. This results in mice vacating the area and not returning due to the strong scent. The only issue with sprays is that they are not long-lasting. You may have to use the spray over and over if you have a large infestation.
Electronic Mouse Repellent
Similar to using high-frequency bird sounds to drive them away from airports, the EMR follows the same principle.
Such devices have been touted as repellents for everything from insects to rodents. There are multiple examples of these devices, all essentially serving the same purpose. Whilst there is no direct evidence that these devices deter or repel insects, mice and rats communicate in high frequencies and these sounds have been known to disrupt their communications and force them away from the source of the sound.
The theory behind these devices follows the fact that rodents find the sound very distressing. While these devices are known to repel rodents, it does not guarantee to fully eradicate them.
The Traditional Mouse Trap
Spring loaded bar traps are probably the most common form of mousetrap you can find on the market. These are the traps that you’d place in areas where you believe the mouse/rat would access usually bait would also be provided.
This is one of the more aggressive ways of mouse eradication. This is not a humane way to dispose of mice and will certainly not stop infestation.
Glue traps follow a similar style to that of bar traps, in that they are placed in the same locations but instead of instantly killing the rodent, they are immobilized by adhesive. The rodents eventually die from hypothermia.
The most humane traps are live-catch traps, as they are designed to catch and release the rodents back into the wild.
How Many Mouse Traps Do I Need?
Usually, you’ll need to buy more than you think you need. Not only do you want to spread out the traps, but many mice have become experts at working their way around these traps, so the more the better.
Your aim is to rid your house of these mice as quickly as possible, so maximising the volume of traps gives you a better chance of reaching your goal. 6 traps should do the trick, though feel free to place as many as you can (try not to step on them).
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