Mice are extremely resourceful, choosy and not easy to catch. Food scraps in, for example, a deep-pile carpet can cause bait to be ignored. They can be responsible for various forms of damage, including spreading germs, contamination of food supplies, gnawing damage, and disturbance of peace in your home or business premises. We will help you remove the mice.
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Mice nuisance is dangerous and can also be harmful for your health. Mice can transmit diseases, which are then spread through your home or business premises through, for example, mice feces. These bugs can also cause damage because they gnaw themselves through everything. They don’t even do this to be annoying, but as a mechanism to grind their teeth. This gnawing damage can also be on the bark of the base of young trees or on turf or arable land.
Just like rabbits, mice reproduce quickly, this means that an incipient mouse plague can become very large in no time. In the worst case, mice can also indulge their gnawing behavior on electrical wires and this can cause a fire.
Protect Pest Control advises you especially for these reasons to take the control of mice very seriously and to have the pest controlled carefully. We will help you remove the mice.
Salmonella, Leptospirosis and the Hantavirus. A selection of diseases that a mouse can carry and that can be transmitted to humans through saliva, urine or feces. These pathogens can cause food poisoning, Weil’s disease or numerous viruses on contact through skin or contaminated food.
Mice also often cause damage due to their extreme gnawing behavior. They eat around 5 grams in small bites at a time and have a talent for finding food supplies. Because of all these little bits, there is often a good chance that multiple types of food will be affected and pathogens can be transmitted. Once affected, the food is no longer edible, because the risk of contamination and transmission of bacteria is too big. Protect Pest Control therefore advises you to throw this food away to be safe.
Apart from these problems, there is often also immaterial damage to people who come into contact with mice. Many people have a certain fear of these animals or become restless. It can also shock you when a mouse suddenly shoots past you at an unexpected moment. After all, people sometimes find it difficult to give in to the mouse problem, because they fear that it has to do with poor hygiene. This definitely doesn’t have to be the case, because mice just like dry, warm places where they can find food.
There are different types of mice that can disturb you. The common house mouse (or Mus musculus L.) can be recognized by its rather small legs and head, with quite large ears. The body is about 7-10 cm long without the tail, which is about the same or sometimes longer. They weigh between 15 – 30 grams and are light brown to dark gray on their back. Their belly often has a lighter color. A house mouse lives for around a year and is mainly active at night.
A female gives birth on average 6 to 10 times in her life and gives birth to 5 or 6 young at a time. A young mouse is fully sexually mature after 2 months and since the gestation period of a mouse is only 3 weeks the population can increase very quickly.
The wood mouse (or Apodemus sylvaticus L.) is, in contrast to the house mouse, quite robust. It has a pointed muzzle, large protruding ears, a long tail and large black eyes. The body is approximately 7.4-10.7 cm long without the tail, which measures approximately 7.3-11.5 cm. The wood mouse has a light yellow-brown to dark brown back, with a light belly. The back and ventral side are typically marked by an orange-brown dividing line. The tail skin of the field mouse is paper thin in places. If you grab a wood mouse by the tail, chances are that the skin will be stripped off.
A female gives birth on average 2 to 4 times a year and gives birth to 7 young at a time. Wood mice are real diggers and climbers and because of their long hind legs they can jump 60 – 65 cm high and 40 – 80 cm far. They prefer forest edges with dense undergrowth, open woodland areas with undergrowth or gardens with trees and scrub.
A characteristic of wood mice is that they often drag food boxes with stones.
The field mouse (aka Microtus arvalis Pallas.) Has a tail that is much shorter than the body. It only takes up ⅓ of the body. He has a plump build, with a plump muzzle, eyes and ears hidden in the fur, and appears short-haired, smooth. The body is approximately 9.5 – 12 cm long without the tail. The field mouse can be recognized by a brown to gray-brown back with color variations up to black. The belly is often lighter to light brown.
Field mice are excellent diggers and prefer to live in dry, sunny and sheltered places. Usually places with rough and dense vegetation. Only the top edge of the field mouse is clearly visible, because otherwise it is a stocky mouse that looks more like a ball of fur.
During the day these nocturnal animals will not show themselves quickly, but you can often hear them on the base of sounds in the evening or during the night. In addition, they will leave evidence of eaten packaging and sometimes even wiring. Protect Pest Control advises you to contact us as soon as possible in case of the following signals.
Especially when you find mouse droppings in the rooms, because this is fairly concrete evidence that there are several mice in the area. A mouse will leave about 50 to 80 droppings per day and you can find these in all places where the mice eat and walk. They look like large sprinkles and if the droppings are still soft, there is a strong suspicion that the mouse plague is active. In any case, Protect Pest Control advises you to clean up the mouse droppings as soon as possible, but that you do not touch them and be careful with contact when cleaning. It is also wise to check that area sometime afterwards, because this seems to be part of the habitat of the mice. Most droppings are found in places with food supplies, near kitchen cupboards or along the wall.
This is also the case with gnawing damage, which you can recognize by the shape of grooves that are about a millimeter apart. Indoors you can often find gnawing damage to furniture, baseboards or plastic containers where food is stored. If you find gnawing damage on wiring, contact Protect Pest Control immediately, as this can cause a fire in some cases.
Because mice are curious, inquisitive creatures, they often roam all over the rooms in the dark. A mouse’s vision is not as good as their sense of smell and hearing, so they don’t need light.
You’ve probably heard it: if you see one mouse, there are certainly more. This is not a fable. Mice live in groups and like to build their nests near food and water. They use twigs, paper, gnawed cardboard or insulation material for this. Their own hair is also used. It can easily happen that groups of mice can produce around 2,000 offspring a year and the plague cannot be exterminated as easily at that point. Protect Pest Control therefore takes a mouse plague very seriously and considers control in living areas necessary.
House mice are mainly found in buildings and often live above ceilings. Scratching noises in the evening are often caused by mice foraging for food. They can make themselves very small and fit through small holes, sometimes as small as a pencil. Cavity walls often provide nice climbing walls for the mouse and that is how they get from one floor to another; these are also sounds that you can pay attention to.
Protect Pest Control can exterminate the mouse plague in a very reliable way and help you with prevention now and for the future. Leaving a mouse plague untreated is strongly unrecommended, because the mouse plague can run into the thousands and the risks of transmitting diseases can no longer be prevented.
Protect Pest Control is a professional pest controller and uses safe and successful ways to control a mouse infestation. Trying to exterminate the pest yourself is often insufficient, because you will then only remove the mice that allow themselves to be caught. The nests that then hide in the cavity walls or floors often remain untreated.
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Protect Pest Control is a professional pest controller and uses safe and successful ways to control mice. We will help you remove the mice. We have different ways of controlling mice, depending on the size of the pest and the environment to be controlled. The pesticides we use have an after-effect, so that all bugs that come into contact with the products afterwards are also controlled. Of course, we use the safest methods to exterminate, for you, your family and your pet.
Protect Pest Control offers you a suitable custom solution after an appointment on location, when it suits you. We have many years of experience as a certified pest control company. In addition, we use an environmentally conscious method of control. Together we will discuss the number of treatments that are required to achieve the desired result and also advise you on prevention after the removal of pest. We will help you remove the mice.