Your home or business could be the ideal location to provide food and shelter for the common House mouse.
Once inside your property, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day. Identifying a potential mouse infestation through the signs of activity they leave behind is often a lot easier than trying to spot an actual mouse.
Getting professional treatment at the earliest sign of a mouse problem can greatly help to reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation.
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Signs of Mice Activity
Finding typical signs of mice, such as mouse droppings, could indicate an active infestation in your home or business.
- Mouse Droppings: mice leave 50-80 droppings a night, which are small and dark (approx. 3 – 8 mm in length) and scattered randomly. Look for droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks. Not only are mouse droppings unsightly to come across, but this is one way in which mice can spread diseases.
- Grease marks (smudges or smears): these are caused by mouse fur constantly brushing against walls, floors and skirting on regular routes. You may find dark smears around holes or around corners.
- Urine and urine pillars: mice urinate everywhere they go to keep track of the places they’ve been and as a way of leaving messages behind for other mice. 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): rodent tracks and tail marks can show up in dusty environments such as unused lofts and basements. To check for activity, sprinkle flour, talcum powder or china clay and check for fresh tracks the next day.
- Live or dead mice: spotting a mouse during the daytime can be an indication of a heavy mouse infestation.
- Strong smell: mice urinate frequently and their urine 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 mouse infestation has been removed).
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How mice get into your home or office
There are various ways in which a mouse can enter your home or business. Mice are agile and are capable of running and jumping at great lengths, as well as climbing almost any surface. Below are the most common ways that mice gain entry indoors:
- Pipes and cable paths: If mice can’t fit through a hole, their sharp and strong teeth will equip them with the means to gnaw at a preferred point, until they are able to squeeze through (they can even gnaw through some metals!) Because many buildings and complexes are adjacent to each other, mice can easily travel between cables, telephone lines, ceilings, floors etc. Mice are also excellent swimmers, so they can also gain entry through drain pipes.
- Food pallets: Mice will inhabit areas where food and shelter is abundant, and for them, a food production plant is paradise! Once food gets transported and distributed, mice easily hitch a ride and arrive at the destination along with the food parcels.
- Via roofs: Since house mice can easily scale walls of 2m, this means that they can easily climb roofs and enter your premises.
- Via holes or gaps: Mice can enter through gaps in the basement, through unsealed holes around old or new pipe work, structural weaknesses such as damaged flooring and also through air vents.
Once an infestation has been identified, the best and most effective way to get rid of mice in the house or office 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. Professional mouse control will help to avoid:
- Disease: mice are well known to spread disease and have the with the ability to contaminate food and water supplies. Salmonella, Leptospirosis and Hantavirus are just a few of the diseases they can transmit.
- Damage: they mice are also able to cause considerable damage to property and pose a genuine fire risk with their habit of chewing on electrical cables and wiring.
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Our Service Benefits
- Free surveys; for businesses and homes. Our night time surveys allows us to see when mice are most active, to pinpoint areas to treat, limiting interruption to your business operations.
- Cost-effective, tailored solutions.
- Skilled, experienced surveyors and SAPCA certified technicians; with industry specific experience and a thorough knowledge of Food legislation, critical for businesses handling food, such as Food Processing, Pubs & Bars and Hotels.
- Exclusive technology; only available to Azalia Pest, Our Mouse Monitor Units can detect mouse activity effectively, cleanly and humanely.
- Rodent proofing solutions; provided for any property with expert advice on how to deter mice.
- Global experience; we have over 85 years of experience and knowledge on expert mouse control.
- Local expertise; with 50 years of experience in Kenya, you can rely on Azalia Pest for tried and trusted solutions.
Getting Rid of Mice with Azalia Pest
Our Treatment Plan
- We guarantee to be in touch (Monday to Friday) to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.
- One of our certified Surveyors will carry out a thorough inspection, assess your problem and make recommendations for an effective treatment to get rid of mice. Working with mice day-in and day-out gives us expert knowledge and insight into these rodents.
- Our certified Technician will visit at a time chosen by you to start treatment once you have given us the go-ahead. All our treatments are safe for children and pets and offers minimum disruption to your family or business operation.
- The technician will then make several follow-up visits until your mouse problem is solved.
- We provide advice on mouse prevention, offering long term solutions.
Mice Treatment Costs
Rodent Control Prevention Tips
The best way to prevent problems with mice in your home or business is to deny them from coming inside.
If they do manage to get indoors, it is important to discourage their presence by denying mice easy access to food and water.
If you can deter mice you will also reduce the damage they can cause to your property and avoid the health risks associated with a mouse infestation.
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Proof Your Property to Prevent Mice
An effective way to prevent mice includes proofing your home or business to keep them out. Identify any gaps located higher up your building, or on your rooftop, not just those near the ground and make sure these are properly blocked.
Mice are very good climbers, able to scale rough, vertical surfaces and walk along thin cables or wires. They have soft skeletons and can get through gaps the width of a pencil.
Mice Control Tips
- Food safety: Be careful not to attract mice with food. Where possible food should be stored in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under stoves, refrigerators and cupboards.
- Doors: Fit bristle (or brush) strips to the bottom of doors to prevent entry, especially in older properties where the door fit may not be snug.
- Pipework: Seal holes around existing or new pipes with coarse grade stainless steel wire wool and caulking (pliable sealant).
- Holes: These are often made in exterior walls for cables and pipes; check that old pipework holes are sealed too. Any holes that are larger than 5mm will allow mice to gain access because their jaws can fit into tight spaces like these and quickly chew larger openings that allow them to enter a building.
- Airbricks and vents: Cover these with fine galvanised wire mesh, especially if they are damaged.
- Eaves: Fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps.
- Vegetation: Trim tree branches back from the house and where possible avoid plants growing up the sides of your property. Vines, shrubs or overhanging branches can be used for mice to get onto roofs. Overgrown vegetation close to the walls will offer mice shelter and potential nesting sites.
- Lawns: Keep grass mown short to reduce shelter and seeds for food. Ideally leave a gap between the building foundations and the garden.
Need More Mouse Repellent Tips?
Mouse traps and mouse poison can be obtained from your local supermarket. It is important to note that in the case of a heavy infestation they often do not prove completely effective. It is very important to exercise great care when placing poisons and traps around your property. Be sure to follow instructions on product labels very carefully to prevent any damage to one self, as well as any children or pets that may come into contact with these solutions.
DIY Rodent Control Advice
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If you are frightened or anxious about the thought of mice in your property, and require a professional solution, Azalia Pest’s expert mice control methods offer the best and most reliable solution.
Professional Mice Control Products and Solutions
For an existing mice infestation, we provide a quick, guaranteed service to safely get rid of micefrom your home or business. We make use of humane mouse trap solutions, which include mouse poison that is safe to use around your home and workplace. Since our bait solutions are multi-feed, they do not cause harm to pets if your pets do ingest these rodents.
DIY Mouse Trap and Mouse Repellent Advice
Wondering how to catch a mouse? Do you have a mouse problem and are planning on eliminating mice with mouse poison or mouse traps?
It is important to keep in mind that in the case of a heavy mouse infestation, DIY mouse killer products do not always prove completely effective at exterminating mice. Various DIY mouse control products can be obtained from your local supermarket – such as mouse traps and mouse poison – although these may only be effective in managing mice in low risk areas.
DIY Mouse Traps
There are many types of mouse traps such as snap traps, glue traps, electrical and homemade DIY mouse traps. Whilst some professional companies might use glue traps, there are voluntary codes around regular checking of these traps to minimise the amount of time a rodent may spend trapped or suffering.
Snap mouse traps are also used by professionals and can be very useful for catching rats and mice; especially those that appear to elude alternative control measures and bait stations.
DIY Mouse Poison and Bait
People prefer not to use the word “poison” but the rodenticide used by professionals as a bait for mice is exactly that. Mouse poison can be very successful in eliminating mice.
Various different forms of rodenticides are available on the market, and they vary in the length of time they require to take effect:
The bulk of mouse baiting activities are carried out through a group of compounds called anticoagulants (AVKs). The blood clotting activity of Vitamin K is blocked by these compounds. One of the reasons for their efficacy is that AVK’s produce a delayed reaction; taking at least 3-4 days to take effect, during which time the rodent learns that mouse poison is ‘safe’ and continues consuming it.
This rodenticide offers a much speedier course of action. Alphachloralose has the ability to kill a mouse within 24 hours by acting as a sedative. It is able to achieve its desired effect in very small doses (as little as 0.1g of bait).
Compared to anticoagulants, alphachloralose is a more humane form of mouse control bait and has a greater margin of safety for larger non-target animals. It is best applied as a short term ‘knock down’ treatment, followed by the use of anticoagulants or some other control tactic to control surviving mice.
Why DIY mouse poison solutions are not effective
Due to the fact that mice easily find other food sources, it is highly likely that they won’t consume enough – or possibly any – of an edible mouse poison. Eating just a tiny amount can lead to an increased resistance in mice, and eventually to them become immune to rodenticides.
Why Natural Mouse Repellent remedies don’t work
Peppermint, moth balls, and ultrasonic sound waves come to mind when thinking of natural mouse repellent remedies, but they don’t actually work… at all!
Mice are cunning creatures. Once they have found a safe shelter with a constant supply of food and water, away from their natural predators, they will make do with the inconvenience of mothballs and peppermint oil.
Read about the most common home remedies and why they don’t work:
- Mice and Mothballs – The levels of naphthalene contained in mothballs required to repel mice and rats is the same as needed for humans. There have been cases where mice have walked over the mothballs paying no attention to them whatsoever. Even if rodents were bothered by the smell from mothballs near their nest entrance they would soon find another.
- Peppermint oil – Most gases and fumes, including peppermint aroma, rises. Initially the peppermint oil aroma would be quite pungent to mice, but since they are small and stay close to the ground, once it rises upwards, the scent wouldn’t be as strong to them.
- Ultrasound mouse repellent devices – These devices aren’t an effective mouse repellent tool because they rely on plug sockets to work; and if there is no plug point where the mouse activity is then it proves pointless. As with mothballs, the frequency emitted would need to be at the same level as that needed to repel humans, which would make it harmful to us as well. In the short term this may work, but only until the mouse either avoids the area or adapts to the background noise.
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What to keep in mind when considering the DIY mouse trap and bait route
It is very important to exercise great care when placing mouse poisons and mouse traps around your property.
Be sure to follow instructions on product labels very carefully to prevent any damage to oneself, as well as any children or pets that may come into contact with these solutions.
Professional rodent bait stations
If you are concerned about the thought of mice in your property, and require a professional solution, Azalia’s expert mice control methods offer the best and most reliable solution.
Our qualified technicians will install mouse and rat baits in appropriate locations throughout the property. These units are usually placed at wall floor junctions and will not cause disruption to your operations. Thanks to its simple design, the rodent bait stations are unobtrusive and easy for our technicians to service.
How long do mice live?
Mice generally have a lifespan of up to around 18 months.
How often do mice reproduce?
Mice can give birth when they are two months old and can have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Can I get ill from being near or in contact with a mouse?
It depends on the species, but some mice can carry germs in their urine which can cause illness and allergies. They can also spread disease through ticks, fleas and mites. This is why professional mouse control is so important.
Do mice bite?
Yes – although it’s fairly rare.
How small can a hole be for a mouse to squeeze through?
A 6mm gap is enough for a mouse. Proofing your home, by sealing gaps, plays a critical role in helping to deter mice and prevent a future infestation.
How to get rid of mice?
You can get rid of mice by using mouse traps. Professional solutions offer the most efficient way to control and keep mice away. These include a Mouse Monitor Unit and rodent bait stations.