Do you hear the mice walking at night? And do they leave mouse keys behind? Then there is a good chance that several mice are active. Mice are rodents that live in groups. They prefer to be active at night and can cause a lot of damage. Mice are omnivores. They don’t just eat food (such as grains, nuts, etc.), but also soap, glue, cabling, furniture and the insulation of houses. There are many reasons to outsource fighting mice. Read below which measures you can take yourself and how you can easily hire a pest controller.
When do you have a mouse problem?
Below are the main symptoms that you have a mouse problem.
- Mouse droppings: Mouse droppings are small droppings. They have the shape of approximately sprinkles. The droppings are a few millimetres large and can carry an enormous odour. The smell can be smelled throughout the house, because mice move around a lot, even through narrow and small spaces.
- Did you know that: Mice often go to the “toilet”. On average, they produce around 100 mouse keys a day. You don’t want to find these in your house. It is therefore wise to clean up the mouse droppings immediately. The mouse eats its own stool, because it also serves as a source of food. Removing the droppings will ensure that you immediately remove a source of food.
- Mice walk: Mice are very active rodents and live in groups. They collect a lot of food and for that they walk a lot of meters. They walk on the ground, climb up and can balance on cables. They cause noise and movement. Think for example of a mouse walking on a hanging lamp, or above the (system) ceiling. The sound is oddly soft, but still people find it awful to hear.
- Rustling noises: Mice are constantly gathering food. They do this with their strong senses, because the mouse has a strong sense of smell. At night, the mouse comes to about 20 to 30 different places. This is also the case in the kitchen, where they regularly look for food wrapped in plastic. If the mouse is hungry, it will gnaw its way through the packaging. The plastic often causes the rustling sound.
- Stink nuisance: Mice carry a musty smell which can cause quite a stench. Furthermore, mice will leave mouse droppings and urine. The mice use this smell to locate themselves and demarcate the territory. The mice like to keep their own territory and smell plays a strong role in this. It is therefore very understandable that people want to get rid of this smell or odour. Fighting mice can help!
- Gaps and holes: Mice are rodents that are able to pass through gaps of 0.5 centimetres. This means that they see an opportunity to move through each draught hole. If they cannot, mice will make their way through the mini-holes. They will do so by gnawing. It is therefore wise to fight mice by sealing or filling these holes.
- Mouse nests: Mice (over)live in a variety of environments. Mice like to live close to people. They do this by making mouse nests. Mouse nests are no more than 30 metres away from the place where mice gather their food. Mouse nests have already been found in houses, shops, factories, mines, warehouses, silos, warehouses, cold stores and barns. In nature mice are also able to build nests, nests have been found in campers, caravans, on fields and under hedges.
- Gnawing damage: Does your electronic equipment not work anymore? Then it may well be that mice have gnawed at the cabling. The mouse has sharp front teeth. These teeth continue to grow throughout its life. On average, the teeth grow about 0.3 millimetres per 24 hours. Gnawing helps the mouse to keep the teeth sharp and short. It doesn’t matter whether the gnawing is done on organic (e.g. food) or non-organic materials (e.g. plastic, wood, electrical cables, insulation and the interior of the house). It is very annoying and costly when cables are gnawed. We therefore strongly recommend that you take the fight against mice seriously.
- Lubrication marks: Mice walk many meters every day. They do this by walking different, but also the same routes every day. This leaves many tracks behind. Think for example of food, dust, faeces and non-organic materials. But also the hairs (fur) of the mouse are left behind in different places. This is what they call belly wax. Everything that the mouse leaves behind is called lubes.
- Dead mice: Mice are omnivores. This sometimes also means that they eat the wrong things, such as mouse or rat poison. Some mice don’t survive this and it means that they stay somewhere in the house.
In which period of time is the mouse nuisance the greatest?
Mouse annoyance is of course very annoying. Mice live indoors as well as outdoors. Nevertheless, mice will cause more nuisance in autumn and winter. In the colder months of the year, mice will seek out the warmth of buildings and houses. If enough organic materials (such as human food) can be found, then mice will quickly hide and nest there. Mice can be prevented in the colder months by cleaning the house properly and keeping it that way. Then there is a good chance that the small rodent will look for another shelter.
Are you not so clever at cleaning? Then the mouse will find the constant supply of food. And if conditions are good, mice can reproduce quickly, so the mouse population will grow quickly. Fact: Theoretically, a pair of mice can each make a population of 120 mice (under ideal conditions).
Where does the mouse cause the most inconvenience?
Fighting mice in the house
Nothing for nothing is sometimes called the house mouse. A house is an ideal environment for a mouse. The mouse finds warmth there and can find its food there. The question is, of course, in which rooms the mouse is most active. Read below in which rooms they visit the house:
The mouse unfortunately occurs in the bedroom. The mouse is a rodent that is mainly active at night. Normally the mouse is very afraid of people. However, it has sometimes happened that mice walk over sleeping people. These are of course exceptions. Nothing is worse than waking up from a mouse running over you. Make sure at all times that mice are not able to reproduce quickly. Read below about what measures you can take to control mice.
The kitchen is where people make and eat their food. This is also the place where, unfortunately, food and food remains remain. Mice love this if you don’t clean up this mess. It will make it easier for them to survive. They will really go off every (kitchen) cabinet and (kitchen) drawer to find food. If you don’t keep the kitchen clean, you will make the mouse feel very much at home there.
Food is often stored in the cellar. The cellar is therefore an ideal environment for the mouse to work his way around. Humans hardly ever get there, so the mouse can quietly go through all the cupboards and rooms to find food or to nibble at food packaging. The gnawing ensures that there is food and therefore the mouse population can grow quickly.
The attic is a place where people often don’t come. The attic is therefore one of the rooms where the mouse has all the time to walk around and can leave its lubes behind. It is up to humans to regularly clean the attic.
The garden is the environment where you want to unwind. It is the place where you spend time with family and friends during the summer months. Do you have green fingers? Then you will certainly put a lot of time and love into your garden. The garden will contain beautiful flowers and plants. But we will also want to grow more and more our own fruit and vegetables, so the garden is also a place where the mouse likes to come. The garden is an ideal environment for a mouse or rat, regardless of the size of the garden. The mouse can find shelter in the garden by hiding in bushes and barns. The mouse will also find its food here and can do a lot of damage.
Roof terrace or balcony
You don’t have a garden, but you do have a balcony or roof terrace? Then mice can walk around here as well. The balcony and roof terrace are used in urban areas to eat or have a drink. A place where food remains remain. City dwellers will also grow fruit and vegetable plants on balconies or roof terraces. The mouse will also make its move here.
Chicken coop is the ideal environment for the mouse. Chickens are fed in the chicken coop by means of feeding troughs. Feeding troughs are open and therefore mice can get food quite easily. In the colder months the mouse will find ways to get food easily. A chicken coop is an excellent environment in which to get food. The chicken feed is an excellent source of food as it is rich in grains and nuts. A mouse in a chicken coop is not a bad thing. The chickens are stubborn enough to kill the mouse themselves, but chickens do get stress and other symptoms when there are several mice in the henhouse. This stress will make chickens less likely to lay eggs, as they are literally “off the grid”. Do you suffer from mice in the hen house? If so, you can quickly start fighting mice, because the rodent will reproduce here very quickly.
The food industry produces a lot of food for consumers on a daily basis. The industry also ensures that a lot of food remains in the buildings where the food is made. Think bakeries, factories, farms, butchers. The food is also stored in, for example, warehouses, silos, containers and trucks. If the food industry does not keep these areas clean, then the mouse will quickly find its way.
Hotels are for relaxing. A wonderful night away at home or abroad. For most people this is a unique experience. Nevertheless, it can happen that consumers are less satisfied. You regularly read negative reviews about the hygiene of hotels. There are even television programmes in which the hygiene of hotels and holiday destinations is discussed in detail. Hygiene sometimes turns out not to be overly guaranteed. The poor hygiene provides an excellent living environment for the mouse. If the hotel staff do not ensure that hotel rooms and areas are kept clean, you can deal with a plague of mice in no time. As a hotel owner or manager, the last thing you want is for people to go home tense because guests complain about poor hygiene.
It must also be spotless in the hotel rooms. This is where guests have a drink with a bag of crisps or nuts. Unfortunately, these sometimes fall to the ground, leaving crumbs. These crumbs are a feast for the mice. A mouse needs between 3-5 grams of crumbs a day to survive well. So they are able to digest even the smallest amounts of food.
Hygiene must be maintained in the restaurant. It must smell fresh to the consumer, the tables must feel clean and there must be no food residues on the floor. Doesn’t this happen? Then the mouse has a great place where it can toss and turn. Just think of the animated film Ratatouille
Farmers are increasingly affected by mice infestations. A farmer sometimes literally sits with his hands in his hair. And every farmer suffers from it. There are several farms in the Netherlands. Think of farms in horticulture, agriculture and cattle breeding. In horticulture, vegetables, mushrooms, fruit, flowers, plants, trees, bulbs or seeds are grown. In agriculture, plants and animals are produced for humans. Food is produced here. Mice sometimes eat whole meadows bare and that is of course very annoying.
Livestock (e.g. sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, goats, horses, etc.) are kept in a livestock farm. All these types of farms have in common that food is produced and consumed. These farms are kind of large chicken pens, with a lot of food for grabbing. An ideal place to walk in front of a mouse
Schools, universities and canteens
Mice go very tasty in a dirty environment where there is a lot of food. A school or university is a place where many students walk around from Monday to Friday. The students eat snacks and lunch every day in different places. Places like the canteen, but also the hallway, computer and classrooms are used.
In the lunch break many students go to the canteen. A lot of food remains often remain in the canteen, allowing the mice to collect and eat a lot of food very quickly. Mouse infestations plague schools and universities.
Childrens day care centres (DCC)
Nurseries are used to take care of a lot of babies and toddlers every day. A lot of work is done in these places to keep everything clean. Nevertheless, it happens regularly that mice walk over the nursery groups. This is because there are different feeding times during the day. This is made in the kitchen by supervisors or kitchen staff. The ideal place for the mouse. The mouse will look for the food leftovers and eat them. The mouse will also go off the cabinets of the kitchen and look for food. During the day at the KDV there are different eating moments. Then babies and toddlers get food. Sometimes they do it themselves and sometimes they are helped. In the first case, the toddlers will not be able to eat so neatly. They drop food and crumbs come to the ground. These crumbs can be an ideal breeding ground for mice.
Out-of-school childcare is used to take care of many children after school every day. During the shelter, children will have meals or they will have a snack themselves. It is up to the staff to keep the location spotless, but that does not always work. Mice grab their chance to eat the crumbs off the floor or they will find their way in the kitchen.
Offices and workplaces
A lot of people go to the office every day. The workplace is used to work a lot of hours. The desk is used to drink coffee, snack and have lunch. A place where food remains are regularly left lying around. Reason enough to keep the workplace clean and tidy. Yet the staff likes to leave that to the cleaners. A shame, because mice prey on crumbs and food that remains on the desk. Mice love offices because there are many places where food is lying around.
Students have a lot on their minds. The last thing students have in mind is cleaning their student house. The student house is therefore a “guilty pleasure” for the mouse. The students don’t like tidying up and cleaning. This leaves a lot of food residues behind, which makes it easy for the mouse to get its food.
Mainly used mouse control methods
There are a lot of places and environments where the mouse can make its move. It is therefore wise to fight mice quickly. Mice are not only dirty, they can also pose health risks. The places where a lot of food is made, stored or consumed are the ideal place for the mouse. A mouse can also cause a lot of damage to non-organic materials in your home or building, which can also affect your safety (e.g. the gnawing of electricity cables and the associated fire risk). Control methods are described below.
The traditional mousetrap
Everyone knows him, the traditional mousetrap. The mousetrap is an effective tool to quickly lure mice into a trap. This is done by placing food in the trap and putting the clamp on tension. If the mouse inadvertently tries to grab the piece of food, the trap will quickly close. The result is that the mouse gets caught in the trap. The traditional mouse trap is often made of wood, but nowadays the trap is also made of hard plastic. An ideal way to fight mice
Animal friendly mousetrap
Animal friendly mousetrap is used to catch mice alive. If you catch the mouse, you can choose what to do with it. You can either take the mouse away (tip: at least 100 metres from the building where you found the mouse) or you can’t let the mouse live. The animal-friendly mousetrap aims to keep the mouse alive and give it a second life outside the household. The mousetrap contains a bait. The mouse will find it interesting and if the mouse walks into the trap, the door will close. This door prevents the mouse from escaping. An animal friendly way to fight mice.
The electric mousetrap
Nowadays there are several electric mouse traps on the market. These electric mousetraps kill mice with electricity. The mouse gets a shock from four AA batteries. These batteries are able to fight about 50 mice in a safe way. The trap is considered reliable, because the mouse will not be hurt by an electric shock.
Today there are several mousetraps on the market with an ultrasonic sound. We cannot hear this sound with our human ears, but mice can, and mice are very sensitive to it. So sensitive, in fact, that mice block out spaces and buildings that have these devices. One device is, according to the suppliers, sometimes enough to fight mice in the house. Still, reviews show that mice keep coming
Mouse pellets with poison
Mouse pellets with poison are used to control mice. The pellets are placed in mouse lure boxes. In these decoy boxes the mice eat and gnaw. The mouse does not know that the pellet contains poison. The poison slowly paralyses the mouse and eventually kills it. We would like to inform you that you should never put mouse pellets where children or pets are walking around. They can also take these grains and eat them. Children do not yet have the ability to see that they are poisonous grains, because they see them as candy. This can lead to safety risks.
Modern mouse poison
Modern mouse poison is also used to control rats. It is a fierce means of controlling mice and rats. The poison contains the same active ingredient. There are two types of rat poison (other name: “rodenticides”): the acute version and the multidoses. Modern mouse poisons are classified as multidoses. The mouse eats several times of the multidose poison and this can be used to control mice. Consumers may only buy up to 200 grams of modern mouse venom. The packs that exceed 200 grams are used by professional mouse fighters.
Glue planks are planks on which a certain type of glue is used. A bait is stuck to the glue. The mouse finds the bait very interesting and walks with its four legs on the glue board. The glue is strong enough to keep the mouse in place. The mouse is then caught alive and it’s up to the owner how he wants it to disappear.
Many buildings and houses have open butt joints. These are joints that provide ventilation in the cavity wall. At the same time, they are holes through which mice pass, because they are interesting openings after all. The mice can be fought by means of bee bees. These are placed in the open butt joints to keep mice and other vermin out of the door.
Take a cat for 10-15 years?
Do you like a cat and would you like to have it in your house? Then chances are that you have never spotted mice at home. Mice hate cats and cats. Don’t you have a cat or cat? Then you could consider taking one. This one will last between 15-20 years, so that’s a good consideration. Mice leave immediately if they smell the smell of a cat. A cat is also very shrewd at catching mice. It is the natural enemy of mice.
Do you have a plague of mice? Then the cat needs time and space to chase away the mice completely. The mice are not easily chased away.
The House Mouse
The house mouse is a curious animal. It belongs to the rodent family. It is a very fast animal that likes warm rooms. Nothing for nothing that the house mouse moves in the colder months to the warm houses where there is a lot of food to be found. Through small openings (minus 0.5 centimetres) it makes its way inside the house. Indoors it moves both horizontally and vertically. The house mouse is a good climber.
The Wood Mouse
The wood mouse is also a rodent. They often gnaw on grains, nuts, fruit berries, acorns, beechnuts, hazelnuts, seeds, buds, mushrooms, mosses gala apples. Nothing for nothing that the wood mouse can often be found in forests, because the food it eats can be found there. The wood mouse also eats insects, worms and snails. It is a cute little brown animal.
The Field Mouse
The field mouse belongs to that vole and therefore the field mouse belongs to the rodents. Field voles like to live in environments where grass and grain can be found. This is where they get their food from and where they will reproduce.
Spit mice are not rodents, like the above mentioned mice. They are mice belonging to the family of insectivores (Eulipotyphia). Shrews can be recognized by the pointed nose they have. Shrews are active during the day as well as during the night.
What are the costs of controlling mice?
- You can buy a mousetrap as approximately £ 1, each.
- Gif is for sale from £ 9.0 per 200 grams.
- A decoy box can be bought from £ 4,5 a piece.
- You can buy an ultrasonic machine from £17.5
- An electric mousetrap can be purchased for about £20,0
If you call in professional help at some point, the costs will be higher. Prices vary from € 75 to €160. The size of a mouse infestation can be determined here.
Combat & prevent mice, 8 tips!
These are the most important tips to prevent mice. Do you want more tips? Then read them here.
Tip 1 – Keep your space clean!
We cannot say it often enough. Mice love dirty areas where food is available. Regular cleaning of areas means that mice don’t get a chance to look for food. Use the hoover and mop regularly to do this.
Tip 2 – Take care of a tightly closing recycle bin
Mice love rooting in the wastepaper basket. Chances are, if you don’t close the wastepaper basket properly, the mouse will go into the wastepaper basket. We therefore strongly recommend that you buy a trash bin that closes properly.
Tip 3 – Fill in the holes and crevices
Mice can wriggle through any crevice or hole. The mouse only needs 0.5 centimetres to move on to the next room. Make sure that holes and crevices are properly filled so that they can’t walk any further. Don’t use tape for that, they can gnaw open again.
Tip 4 – Placing bait boxes in different rooms
When the mice are inside, they can be anywhere. After all, they can be 30 metres away from their nest. Placing decoy boxes (30-50 grams per decoy box) with poison initially ensures that mice are spent with poison. If the poison is not eaten after a few days, move the decoy box to another room
Tip 5 – Put mousetraps in the right places
Once mice are spotted, you know where they pass. After all, they leave their mouse keys and urine behind. There is a chance that they will come to the same place, because they walk the same routes and eat their own mouse droppings. Place the mouse traps in the same places. Do they often walk on a cable? If so, you can tie the mousetrap to the cable with a tie-wrap.
Tip 6 – Take a cat (for the longer term)
A cat is the natural enemy of a mouse. A mouse does not like it when there is a cat around. That smells the mouse and you can prevent mice from getting into your house. Cats are a long-term solution, because cats can live to be 15 to 20 years old.
Tip 7 – Use innovative solutions
If the original forms of mousetraps and poison do not work. Then you can always try to buy electric mousetraps, or devices that emit ultrasonic sound. These are good devices nowadays to fight mice.
Tip 8 – Enlist professional help
When you are at the end of your tether and you have already tried all forms of combat. Then there is only one thing to do and that is to call in professionals. Professionals who bring along knowledge and skills that can help you get rid of the problem.