Mice were introduced to Australia by the first European settlers and they have been a problem ever since.
They can multiply quickly and will do significant damage to your home, business and furniture through their gnawing activities. They will also contaminate food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind. Their droppings have even been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.
Not only are mice destructive they have also been known to cause house fires after chewing through electrical cables.
Signs of a mouse infestation problem
Once inside your property, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day. Identifying a potential infestation through signs of activity is often a lot easier than trying to spot an actual mouse.:
- Droppings 50/80 droppings a night, small and dark (approx. 3 - 8 mm in length), scattered randomly. Look for droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks.
- Grease marks (smudges or smears) This is caused by mice fur constantly brushing against walls, floors and skirting on regular routes. You may find dark smears around holes or around corners.
- Urine pillars In established or heavy infestations, body grease, combined with dirt and urine, builds up into small mounds, up to 4cm high and 1cm wide.
- Scratching noises People often report hearing unusual scratching noises at night when mice are most active. Listen for noises between partition walls, under floorboards, in false ceilings, basements and lofts.
- Nests Mice use easy to shred materials, such as newspaper and fabrics, together with other soft materials to line their nest. Check lofts, suspended ceilings, cavity walls, under floorboards and behind fridges, under stoves and in airing cupboards. Nests will often contain young mice.
- Tracks (footprints) Dusty environments such as unused lofts and basements can show up rodent tracks and tail marks. To check for activity, sprinkle flour, talcum powder or china clay and check the next day for fresh tracks.
- Live or dead mice Spotting a mouse during the daytime can be an indication of a heavy infestation.
- Strong smell Mice urinate frequently and their wee has a strong ammonia-like smell. The smell may be very strong near the main site of activity or in enclosed spaces. This smell can linger for a long time (even after an infestation has been removed).
Do I Need Professional Mice Control Assistance?
Your home or business could provide an ideal location for food and shelter for the common House mouse. Getting professional treatment at the earliest sign of a problem can greatly help to reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation.
Why call in a professional pest controller for your mice control?
Once an infestation has been identified, the best and most effective way to get rid of mice is with professional treatment.
Professional solutions can guarantee to quickly and safely remove mice from your home or business. Solutions can be tailored to each unique problem and can also offer effective deterrent methods to avoid a re-infestation.