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Like all mice, the House Mouse and Long-Tailed Field Mouse, two of the most common types of mice in the UK, seek the warmth and shelter of buildings for nesting sites and food. Their presence is usually detected from their dark-coloured droppings or damage to stored foods, packaging or woodwork.
Mice become sexually mature in eight to ten weeks, and a pair may produce eight litters each of 16 young, in a year.
Mice contaminate far more food than they consume and they are capable of carrying many diseases, particularly food poisoning. The average mouse sheds 70 droppings in 24 hours and urinates constantly.
Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food.
Areas favoured by mice are food storage and preparation areas such as kitchens and pantries. Airing cupboards, sub-floor areas, enclosed pipes and baths in bathrooms and loft areas are also favoured areas. It is important to remember that mice feed from many different places during the course of a nights feeding. Control will therefore be achieved by placing a large number of small bait points rather than fewer bigger bait points. Tamper-resistant bait boxes and non spill wax baits are available in high risk locations.
The usual follow-up time after the initial baiting programme has been established is seven days, although some situations may require more frequent visits. A minimum of two visits will be required to achieve control.
Regular mice control contracts are available for food storage and catering premises.