A mouse infestation is distressing; they're loud, dirty, and can contaminate your food and living areas. Mice control in London is particularly important.
If left unchecked, mice numbers can double every two months. Whether it’s for your residential home or a commercial business, we will carry out an initial inspection to decide on the best course of action.
People suffering from a fear of mice should opt for our mouse proofing service as soon as possible – it’s the most effective way to keep them out of your home.
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The first stage of our rodent control service is the mice treatment. At this stage, we remove all mice that are living in and around your property, normally by using two types of bait in order to achieve the best results. This takes place over two visits during a three-month period.
The second stage is a comprehensive mouse proofing service that comes with a one-year guarantee. You can request it anytime within six months of our initial visit. We block 100% of the access points throughout your home in order to keep mice out and prevent them from returning.
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Identify the underlying issue
In order to get rid of mice effectively, you must first identify the underlying issue, otherwise they will return in the near future. The solution is two-fold: take care of your current mice problem, and stop more mice from returning in the future with mouse proofing.
Block all entry points
The very best form of mouse control is preventing them from entering your property in the first place. To get the most effective long-term results, the best solution is to keep them out by blocking all entry points to your property, both internal and external.
Mice tend to spread from one property to the next using pipework and gaps in wall and floorboards. If you have a mouse problem, you’ll often find droppings under your kitchen units.
Tackling mice by baiting in these areas is a much safer form of pest control. The reason being that harmful baits remain out of reach of children and pets. Mice can also travel to other areas of the home. To exterminate mice, our professional mouse exterminators will decide what other areas need treating. That being said, we avoid placing bait in living spaces and strongly recommend not having bait placed in bedrooms – even if you’ve found droppings there.
Mouse proofing with a one-year guarantee
Mice mostly travel through buildings by following pipework and squeezing through gaps. Once inside a living space, they will soil and contaminate food and surfaces.
We can keep them out by sealing all access points throughout the home. You should strongly consider our mouse proofing service with a one-year guarantee whenever you have children, elderly or vulnerable people living with you.
Mice Pest Control
We advise tenants to always report mice activity to their landlord. Landlords will usually pay for pest control, depending on the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement. You can find out more about this in our article on landlord responsibilities regarding mice control.
The most common mouse you’ll find is not the Field mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) but the House mouse (Mus musculus).
Yes, mice behave as a group and spread to areas where there is less competition for space and food. So where you see one mouse, there are likely to be many more nearby. Furthermore, if you live in a tower block or apartment building and see mice, they must be coming from down below. It’s a good idea to alert your neighbours below you.
House mice are omnivorous and only need to forage 3g of food per day to survive, which is easy to do. They particularly like grains and seeds, so the bait we place down must compete with the other food sources available. At Inoculand Pest Control, we have found that the most successful bait is canary seed and peanut butter.
Glue traps should be used only as a last resort against mice. Inoculand Pest Control would only use them for certain commercial and industrial jobs that require drastic steps to reduce the mice population immediately.
Mice droppings can often be found underneath kitchen units, behind kickboards, behind the fridge, washing machine, or in airing cupboards. Basically, in areas with pipework that are left undisturbed for long periods of time. For more established mice infestations, droppings may be found inside kitchen units, on work surfaces, and behind furniture.
You can have mice, hamsters, and rats as pets. However, the food and litter material you keep for them will also attract wild mice and could lead to an infestation. It’s important to be extra careful and tidy if you have a rodent as a pet.
The most common repellent comes in the form of sonic devices. However, they often provide limited results depending on the circumstances. Many clients who used a number of sonic devices still experienced ongoing mice activity.
Other repellents include essential oils, salt, pepper, and bleach, but the result is often the same. These measures may help, but they will not take care of the infestation. You may end up simply moving the mice colony to your neighbours’ house.
The circadian rhythm of mice means they are more active in the evening and during the night, in other words, they’re nocturnal. On the wildlife cameras that we set up around our clients’ houses, we often see mice emerging several times during the night for up to 10 minutes at a time. Mice tend to come out when they feel safe and when things seem quiet.
No, mice do not hibernate. They will be active and breed throughout the year. Mice look for shelter in winter, somewhere they can keep foraging for food whilst being warm. This is why our homes are so attractive to them as they offer favourable conditions year-round.
The most outstanding differences between mice and rats are their size and feeding habits. Rats are far larger than mice.
Rats are particularly active in sewage systems, whereas mice more commonly dwell within buildings.
We can also easily distinguish between rats and mice by their droppings. Mice droppings are the size of a small grain of rice, and rat droppings are very large and much thicker.
Baiting is the most effective form of extermination, but sometimes it can be difficult to force mice to eat the bait when other food sources are plentiful.
Therefore, it is essential to use baits that are very palatable as well as potent. We use single feed bait that relies on second generation anticoagulant.
Any poison is only as effective as what it is mixed up with. This is why we use highly valuable canary seed bait over whole grain wheat, and peanut butter over plain pasta bait.
The House mouse is by far the most prevalent in urban areas and within buildings, but we still regularly come across Field mice infestations.
There are also reports of Algerian mice, although we have personally never come across these.