Professional mouse control for Henley
Total control of mice throughout Henley on Thames and the surrounding area
We have noticed some small droppings in our kitchen and we think we have mice?
Mouse infestations can quickly become established as these tiny rodents can access the interior of a structure through a hole the size of your little finger. Commercial and communal buildings are particularly a problem as early intervention is required and in these types of development an infestation may go unnoticed for some time.
There are two types of mice that we get called out to treat and these are: field mice which include wood mice and shrew’s and the second type which is the house mouse. These two types of mice have much different behavioural characteristics and we as professional pest controllers will not use rodenticide on field mice and shrew’s due to the risk of secondary poisoning. These animals are the staple diet of barn owls and raptors like kestrels and the accumulation of rodenticide from eating poisoned mice adds upover a period of time, slowly poisoning the birds: responsible pest control means that we trap mice and so no rodenticide is used.
Mice defecate everywhere, between 50 and 70 times a day and often in corners. Their faeces are very distinctive: oblong and black in colour, much smaller than a grain of dried rice with pointed ends. If a mouse infestation has been there long term you may see pillars of dried uric acid where the animals repeatedly urinate – a method of marking territory.
If you don't like to use poison how do you treat mice?
With all our rodent treatments and this includes rats, mice and squirrels we don’t resort to the use of poison as our primary method of control, we think that is a short cut to no-where.
We carryout a detailed survey to determine the likely access point or points into your property. We would look to identify and proof the access point on our initial visit – keeping out any mice and sealing in any that may be inside, we then install breakback traps to catch those remaining mice leaving you pest free.
Just like rats, mice will cause damage to stored food items and can gnaw through electrical wiring causing failures and further costs, another problem with mice is that they carry salmonella, a further risk to human health.
We've not big on the use of rodenticide inside domestic premises: you've got enough problems with mice in the house, let alone dead bodies rotting away in voids as bluebottles and maggots will follow.
There are ten different species of mice, voles and shrews living in the UK and these are often treated incorrectly with rodenticide.
We have a link to a visual guide to the different types of mice, shrews and voles that inhabit the UK.
Mouse trapping in Henley on Thames by a local company
Due to their size and nature, mouse infestations inside a property can go undetected for a period of time and we often find that customers report that although they've never seen a mouse, they often hear scurrying noises in void spaces, particularly at night.
If you think that you have a mouse problem be on the lookout for:
Teeth marks on electric cables, edges of woodwork especially around 90* edges such as on the bottom of doors. A young mouse can squeeze through a gap of 5mm and they will often gnaw on these edges to enlarge an opening.
Look out for mouse droppings and these will be evident in corners and along edges in dark areas such as below kitchen cupboards; mouse droppings are small and spindle shaped with pointed ends between 3mm and 7mm in length. Mice will deposit around 40 to 60 times a day and you will find most of their droppings in corners and along the mouse pathways.
Mice have a habit of marking their territory with their urine and they will urinate in the same spot, and as the liquid dries out, deposits of urea build up into what we call urine pillars. The height of the pillar confirms the length of the mouse infestation.
All rodents have greasy fur, and mice are no different, their fur picks up dirt and grime which they leave as smear marks on established transit routes, these marks show up well on light surfaces and look out for them in narrow gaps and around holes.
Mice smell and there will be an unpleasant musky smell in confined spaces
We aim to attend call-outs for mice in Henley within 24 hours.
Wherever you live in Henley an integrated approach is needed to eradicate mice and that’s our working method:
Survey and investigation – eradication – proofing = control.