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Do you hear the mice running at night? And do they leave mouse droppings behind? Then chances are there are several mice 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 eat not only food (such as grains, nuts, etc.), but also soap, glue, wiring, furniture and the insulation of houses. There are plenty of reasons to outsource mouse control. Read below what measures you can take yourself and how you can easily hire a pest controller.
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– When do you have a mice problem?
– In what time period is the mice problem greatest?
– Where does the mouse cause the most nuisance?
– Most commonly used control methods
– Mouse species in the Netherlands
– What are the costs of controlling mice
– Bonus: Preventing mice, 8 tips!
When do you have a mice problem?
The following are the main symptoms that you have a mouse problem.
- Mouse droppings: Mouse droppings are small droppings. They are shaped roughly like sprinkles. In fact, the droppings are several millimeters in size and can carry a tremendous odor. The smell can be smelled throughout the house because mice move frequently, including through narrow and small spaces.
- Did you know that: Mice often go to the “toilet.” They produce an average of about 100 mouse droppings per twenty-four hours. You don’t want to find these in your home. It is therefore wise to clean up mouse droppings immediately. This is because the mouse eats its own feces, as it also serves as a source of nutrition. Removing the droppings ensures that you immediately take away a food source.
- Mice walking:Mice are very active rodents and live in groups. They gather a lot of food and to do so they walk a lot of meters. They walk on the ground, climb up and can balance well on cables. In the process, they cause noise and movement. Think, for example, of a mouse walking on a hanging lamp, or above the (system) ceiling. The sound peculiarly soft, yet people find it grim to hear.
- Zipping noises:Mice are constantly gathering food. They do this with their strong senses, as the mouse has a strong sense of smell. During the night, the mouse visits about 20 to 30 different places. This includes the kitchen, where they regularly search for food wrapped in plastic. When the mouse is hungry it gnaws its way through the packaging. The plastic often provides the rustling sound.
- Stench nuisance: Mice carry a musty odor with them, which can cause quite a stench. Furthermore, mice will leave behind mouse droppings and urine. The mice use this odor to situate themselves and mark out territory. Mice very much like to keep their own territory and scent plays a strong role in this. It is therefore very understandable that people want to get rid of this smell or stench. Fighting mice can help with that!
- Gaps and holes:Mice are rodents that are able to go through gaps as small as 0.5 centimeters. That means they will see an opportunity to move through any draft hole. If they cannot, then mice will make their way through the mini holes. They do this by gnawing. It is therefore wise to control mice by sealing or filling these holes.
- Mice nests:Mice (over)live in varying environments. Mice like to live close to people. They do this by making mouse nests. Mouse nests are up to 30 meters away from the place where mouse collect their food. Mice nests have already been found in homes, storefronts, factories, mines, warehouses, depots, silos, warehouses, cold stores barns. Mice are also capable of building nests in nature, nests have been found in RVs, caravans, in fields and under hedges.
- Nest damage:Does your electronic equipment stop working? If so, mice may well have gnawed on the wiring. The mouse has sharp front teeth. These teeth continue to grow throughout its life. In fact, the teeth grow an average of about 0.3 millimeters per 24 hours. Gnawing helps the mouse keep its teeth sharp and short. It does not matter to the mouse whether it gnaws on organic (e.g., food) or non-organic materials (e.g., plastic, wood, electrical cables, insulation and home furnishings). It is very annoying and costly when wiring is gnawed to pieces. Therefore, we strongly recommend taking mouse control seriously.
- Mice control:Mice walk many yards every day. They do this by walking different, as well as the same routes every day. In doing so, they leave behind many tracks. Examples include food, dust, droppings and non-organic materials. But also the hairs (fur) of the mouse are left behind in different places. This is called abdominal grease. Everything the mouse leaves behind is called smear trails.
- Dead mice:Mice are omnivores. Sometimes that also means they eat the wrong things, such as mouse or rat poison. Some mice don’t survive this, which means they are left somewhere in the house.
In what period is mouse infestation greatest?
Mouse nuisance is, of course, very annoying. Mice live both indoors and outdoors. However, mice will cause more nuisance in the fall and winter. During the colder months of the year, mice will seek the warmth of buildings and houses. Then, if there are plenty of organic materials (such as human food) to be found, mice will quickly hide and nest there. You can prevent mice in the colder months by cleaning the house properly and keeping it that way. Then chances are the little rodent will seek other shelter.
Are you not so bright with cleaning? Then the mouse will find the constant supply of food. And with good conditions, mice can reproduce quickly, so the mouse population will grow rapidly. Fact: Theoretically, a pair of mice can each make a population of 120 mice (under ideal conditions).
Where does the mouse cause the most nuisance?
Mice are clever rodents. They invade buildings that are vulnerable. Mice are then able to crawl through holes, crevices, pipes, cavity walls, crawl spaces and (system) ceilings. The crawling or running is accompanied by walking routes where they excrete their feces, which can cause tremendous odors.
Controlling mice in the home
Not for nothing is the mouse 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, of course, is in which rooms the mouse is most active. Read below in which rooms they visit in the house:
The mouse unfortunately occurs in the bedroom. The mouse is a rodent that mainly operates at night. Normally, the mouse is very afraid of humans. However, it has once happened that mice run over sleeping people. Of course, these are exceptions. Nothing is worse than waking up to a mouse running over you. Make sure at all times that mice cannot reproduce quickly. Read below 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 scraps remain. Mice love this if you don’t clean up this mess. They will survive easier as a result. They will really go down every (kitchen) cabinet and (kitchen) drawer to find food. If you don’t keep your kitchen clean, you’ll make sure the mouse will feel very much at home there.
The basement is often where food is stored. Therefore, the basement is an ideal environment for the mouse to make its way around. Humans hardly visit, so the mouse can quietly go through all the closets and rooms to find food or gnaw on food packages. Gnawing ensures that there is food, which allows the mouse population to grow rapidly.
The attic is a place where people usually do not go. Therefore, the attic is one of the spaces where the mouse has all the time to walk around and leave its smear marks. It is up to humans to clean the attic regularly.
The garden is the environment where you want to unwind. It is where you spend time with family and friends during the summer months. Do you have green fingers? Then you will definitely put a lot of time and love into garden. The garden will contain beautiful flowers and plants. But we will also increasingly want to grow our own vegetables and fruits, making the garden 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 sheds. The mouse will also find its food here and can do quite a bit of damage in the process.
Roof terrace or balcony
Don’t have a garden but do have a balcony or roof terrace? Then mice can roam here, too. The balcony and roof terrace are used in urban areas to eat or have drinks. A place where food scraps also remain. Also, city dwellers will grow vegetable and fruit plants on balconies or roof terraces. The mouse will also make its move here.
The chicken coop
Chicken coop is the ideal environment for the mouse. Chickens get food in the chicken coop through feeders. Feeders are open and therefore mice can get food quite easily. In the colder months, the mouse will start to find ways to get food easily. A chicken coop is then an excellent environment to get food. Chicken feed is an excellent source of food because it is rich in grains and nuts. One mouse in a chicken coop is not a big deal. The chickens are stubborn enough to kill the mouse on their own, but chickens do get stress and other symptoms when there are multiple mice roaming the coop. This stress will cause chickens to be less likely to lay eggs because they are literally “off their game.” Are you suffering from mice in the chicken coop? Then you’d better start fighting mice soon, because the little rodent will reproduce here quickly.
Fighting mice in the Food Industry
The food industry produces a lot of food for consumers every day. The industry also causes a lot of food waste to remain in the buildings where the food is made. Think of bakeries, factories, farms, butchers. Food is also stored in such places as warehouses, silos warehouses, containers, and trucks. If the food industry does not keep these areas clean, the mouse will quickly make its way around.
Hotels are for relaxing. A wonderful night away at home or abroad. For most people, this is a unique experience. Nevertheless, consumers may be less satisfied. You regularly read negative reviews about the hygiene of hotels. There are even television programs that discuss in detail the hygiene of hotels and vacation destinations. It turns out that sometimes the hygiene is not over guaranteed. Poor hygiene creates an excellent living environment for the mouse. If the hotel staff does not ensure that hotel rooms and areas are kept clean, you could be dealing with a mouse infestation in no time. As a hotel owner or manager, the last thing you want is for people to go home stressed because guests are complaining about poor hygiene.
Hotel rooms should also be spotless. This is where guests have drinks with a bag of chips or nuts. Unfortunately, these sometimes fall to the floor, leaving crumbs. These crumbs are a feast for mice. A mouse needs between 3-5 grams of crumbs per day to survive properly. So they can thrive off the smallest amounts of food.
In restaurants, hygiene must be taken care of. It should smell fresh to the consumer, the tables should feel clean and there should be no food residue on the floor. Does this happen anyway? Then the mouse has a great place to burrow. Just think of the animated film Ratatouille.
Farmers are increasingly affected by mouse infestations. A farmer is sometimes literally at a loss for words. And every farmer is affected. After all, 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 entire pastures here, which is, of course, very annoying.
In a livestock farm, livestock (for example: sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, goats, horses and the like) are kept. All these types of farms have in common that food is produced and consumed. These farms are kind of like large chicken coops, with lots of food up for grabs. An ideal place to run for mouse.
Schools, universities and canteens
Mice go very well on a dirty environment where there is a lot of food. A school or university is a place where many students walk around Monday through Friday. Students eat snacks and lunch in different places every day. Places such as the cafeteria, as well as the hallway, computer and classroom areas are used.
In the lunch break, many students go to the cafeteria. A lot of food leftovers are often left in the cafeteria, allowing the mice to collect and eat a lot of food very quickly. Mouse infestations plague schools and universities.
Child day care centers (KDV)
Childcare centers are used to take care of a lot of babies and toddlers every day. A lot of work goes into these places to keep everything clean. Nevertheless, it is common to find mice walking around the groups of the daycare centers. This is because during the day there are different feeding times. This is made by leaders or kitchen staff in the kitchen. The ideal place for the mouse. The mouse will look for the food scraps and eat them. The mouse will also go down the cabinets of the kitchen and look for food. During the day at the KDV, there are several meal times. This is when babies and toddlers are given food. Sometimes they do it themselves and sometimes they are helped to do so. In the first case, toddlers will not be able to eat as neatly yet. They will drop food and crumbs will end up on the floor. These crumbs can be an ideal breeding ground for mice.
Out-of-school care (BSO)
Out-of-school care (BSO for short) is used to accommodate a lot of children after school on a daily basis. During daycare, children will have meal times or they will take their own snacks. It’s up to the staff to keep the location spotless, but they don’t always succeed. Mice seize their chance to eat the crumbs off the floor or they will find their way into the kitchen.
offices and workplace
Every day a lot of people go to the office. The workplace is used to work very many hours. The desk is used to drink coffee, snack and eat lunch. A place where food leftovers are regularly left. Reason enough to keep the workplace properly clean. Yet staff like to leave that to the cleaners. A shame, because mice prey on crumbs and food left on the desk. Mice love offices because there are many places where food lies.
Students have a lot on their minds. The last thing on students’ minds is cleaning their dorm. Consequently, the dorm is a “guilty pleasure” for the mouse. Students don’t like tidying up and cleaning. This leaves a lot of food scraps behind, making it easy for the mouse to get its food.
Most commonly used control methods for mouse control
There are a lot of places and environments where the mouse can make its move. Therefore, it is wise to control 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 further bring a lot of damage to non-organic materials in your home or building, which can also compromise your safety (think of gnawing on power lines and the fire hazard involved). Control methods are described below.
The traditional mousetrap
Everyone knows it, the traditional mousetrap. The mousetrap is an effective tool that allows you to quickly trap mice. It is done by placing food in the trap and tensioning the clamp. If the mouse inattentively tries to grab the piece of food, the clamp will quickly close. As a result, the mouse gets stuck in the trap. The traditional mouse trap is often produced from wood, but nowadays the trap is also made of hard plastic. An ideal means of controlling mice.
The animal-friendly mousetrap
The animal-friendly mousetrap is used to catch mice alive. When you catch the mouse you can choose what to do him the mouse. You can take the mouse away (tip: at least 100 meters from the property where you found the mouse) or you can not let the mouse live. The animal-friendly mouse trap aims to keep the mouse alive and give it a second life outside the household. The mouse trap contains a bait. The mouse finds it interesting and when the mouse walks into the trap, the door will snap shut. This door prevents the mouse from escaping. An animal-friendly way to control mice.
The electric mousetrap
Today there are several electric mousetraps on the market. These electric mousetraps kill mice through electricity. The mouse receives a shock from four AA batteries. These batteries are capable of safely controlling about 50 mice. The trap is considered reliable because the mouse will not be in pain via an electric shock.
Today there are several mouse traps 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 repel rooms and buildings that have these devices. One device, according to suppliers, is sometimes enough to control mice in the home. Yet reviews show that mice keep coming.
Mice pellets with poison
Mice pellets with poison are used to control mice. The pellets are placed in mouse bait boxes. In these bait boxes, the mice will eat and gnaw. The mouse does not know that the pellet contains poison. The poison slowly paralyzes the mouse and eventually kills it. We would like to pass along that you should never put mouse pellets where children or pets are walking around. They can also grab these pellets and eat them. Children do not yet have the ability to see that they are poison pellets because they mistake them for candy. This can create safety risks.
Modern mouse poison
Modern mouse poison is also used to control rats. It is a violent agent used to control 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 venom falls under multidose. The mouse eats several times of the multidose poison and thus mice can be controlled. Consumers may only buy up to 200 grams of modern mouse venom. The packages that go above 200 grams are used by professional mouse controllers.
Mice control using glue boards
Glue boards are boards that have a certain type of glue on them. A bait is stuck on the glue. The mouse finds the bait very interesting and so walks its four legs on the glue board. The glue is strong enough to hold the mouse in place. The mouse is then caught alive and then it is up to the owner how he wants the mouse 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 that mice will walk through, because they are interesting openings after all. Mice can be controlled by using bee beaks. These are placed in the open butt joints and this will keep mice and other pests out.
A cat or kitty for 10-15 years?
Do you have a cat or kitty in your home? Then chances are you’ve never spotted mice at home. Mice hate cats and cats.
Don’t have a cat or kitty? Then you might consider getting one. This one will last between 15-20 years, though, so a good trade-off needs to be made there. Mice leave immediately if they smell the scent of a cat. In addition, a cat is very shrewd at catching mice. It is the natural enemy of mice.
Do you have a mouse infestation? Then the cat does need time and space to completely chase away the mice. The mice do not allow themselves to be chased away so quickly.
Mouse species in the Netherlands
There are four species of mice in the Netherlands. All four mice have different names and are named after their habitats. In those environments they are able to gather their food and reproduce quickly. A mouse may seem cute at first, but that possibility quickly turns into something serious. Reason enough to control mice.
The House Mouse
The house mouse is a curious creature. It belongs to the rodent family. It is very fast animal that likes warm spaces. Not for nothing that the house mouse moves in the colder months to the warm houses where there is plenty of food. Through small openings (minus 0.5 centimeters) it makes its way indoors. Indoors, it moved both horizontally and vertically. In fact, the house mouse is a good climber.
The Wood Mouse
The wood mouse also belongs to the rodents. They mostly gnaw on grains, nuts, fruit berries, acorns, beechnuts, hazelnuts, seeds, buds, mushrooms, mosses gala apples. Nothing for nothing that the wood mouse is mostly 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 creature.
The Field Mouse
The field mouse belongs to that voles and thus the field mouse belongs to the rodents. Field mice like to live in environments where grass and grain can be found. This is where they get their food from and where they will also reproduce.
Shrews are not rodents like the aforementioned mice. They are mice belonging to the family of insectivores (Eulipotyphia). Shrews can be recognized by the pointed nose they have. Shrews are active both during the day and night.
What are the costs of fighting mice?
The cost of to control mice can vary tremendously. Mice are able to reproduce quickly and you can quite quickly have 120 new mice per year in your premises or home. It is therefore wise to control mice yourself first. The cost then depends on which method you will use yourself.
- A mouse trap you can buy as of €1.0 each.
- Poison can be bought from €10.0 per 200 grams.
- A lure box can be bought from €4.5 each.
- An ultrasonic machine can be bought from €20,0
- An electric mousetrap can be bought for about €25,0
If you hire professional help at some point, the costs will be higher. Prices range from €75 to as much as €160. The size of mice infestation is herein determined.
Mouse control & prevention, 8 tips!
These are the most important tips for preventing mice. Want more tips? Then read them here.
Tip 1 – Keep your space clean!
We can’t say it often enough. Mice love dirty spaces where there is food. Cleaning rooms regularly ensures that mice don’t have a chance to seek out food. Use the vacuum cleaner and mop regularly to do this.
Tip 2 – Make sure you have a tightly closing trash can
Mice love to root around in the trash. Chances are, if you don’t close the trash can properly, the mouse will enter trash. Therefore, we strongly recommend buying trash can that closes properly.
Tip 3 – Fill in the gaps and crevices
Mice can wriggle through any crevice or hole. The mouse only needs 0.5 inches to move on to the next space. Make sure holes and crevices are properly filled so they can’t walk any further. Don’t use tape for this, for example; they can gnaw it open again.
Tip 4 – Place bait boxes in different rooms
If the mice are inside, they could be anywhere. After all, they could be 30 meters 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 several days, move the bait box to another room.
Tip 5 – Set mouse traps in the right places
Once mice are spotted, you also know where they walk by. After all, they leave their mouse droppings and urine behind. Chances are they will come to the same place because they walk the same routes and eat their own mouse droppings. Place mouse traps in the same places. Do they often walk on a cable? If so, you may want to tie-wrap the mousetrap to the cable.
Tip 6 – Get a cat
A cat is the natural enemy of the mouse. A mouse does not like it when a cat is around. The mouse smells that and thus you can prevent mice from entering your home. Cats are a long-term solution though, as cats live up to 15 to 20 years.
Tip 7 – Use innovative solutions
If the original forms of mouse traps and poison don’t work. Then you can always try buying electric mousetraps, or devices that emit ultrasonic sound. These are good devices these days that you can use to control mice.
Tip 8 – Get professional help
When you are at your wit’s end and have already tried all forms of control. Then there is only one thing to do and that is to call in professionals. Professionals who bring knowledge and skills that can help you get rid of the problem.
Leave mice control to a professional
Are you suffering from mice and want to have them controlled? Then don’t wait any longer and contact pest control Contravermin. Severe mouse infestation is bad for your health. Therefore, always engage a pest controller and leave mice control to an experienced expert who knows what he is doing.
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