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If you are suffering from mice call in mouse control! Rustling in the house, a strange smell in the attic? Here you can read more about this problem and ways to deal with mice.
When do you have a mice problem?
There are several signs that can indicate a mouse problem. The clearest signal, of course, is when you actually see a mouse running around the house, but since they usually don’t move until nighttime, that doesn’t happen very quickly. However, there are other signals you can recognize a mouse problem from.
- Signal 1: Sound; Do you hear rustling or scratching noises in the evening or night? Mice come alive at night, so that’s when you can hear them well.
- Signal 2: Mouse droppings; If you find mouse droppings, then it is obvious that there are mice somewhere in the house. You can find the droppings throughout the house. They are about 3 to 8 mm in size and resemble large sprinkles.
- Signal 3: Gnawing damage; Mice gnaw on just about anything they come across, as this helps them keep their teeth short. They gnaw on food packaging as well as baseboards, furniture, insulation material and cables.
- Signal 4: Nests; You may come across a mouse nest in quiet sheltered places. The nests are often in cavity walls, in the attic or in a ceiling.
- Signal 5: Paw prints; Mice may become visible in rooms where it is dusty, as their paw prints can be seen. The tail may also leave a print.
- Signal 6: Smell; Mice have a strong odor. Urine in particular creates an unpleasant odor, especially in rooms that are enclosed and with little ventilation.
- Signal 7: Belly grease; The fur of mice comes up against the ground and wall while walking. The dirt and grease from the mouse fur is called belly grease and can become visible on walls or on the floor. Especially if it is a large mouse infestation.
Which time period is the greatest for mouse infestation?
Mice can cause nuisance all year round, but when it gets colder outside, the nuisance often increases as well. Mice then start looking for a warm and sheltered place. In addition, they have no natural enemies indoors other than humans. As a result, the mouse family can expand at a rapid pace.
Where does the mouse cause the most nuisance?
A mouse can cause a nuisance anywhere in the house. If the house has many holes, crevices or cracks, they can easily get into any living space.
Mice like dark and quiet places, making the bedroom an attractive place to nest. Because they move around at night, they can do a good job of disturbing your sleep. Mouse control is in this soo
In kitchens, there are often small spaces behind or between kitchen cabinets that are ideal for mice. Crumbs and other small food scraps often accumulate in those spaces, which mice are quick to find. Because mice also carry diseases, you definitely don’t want them in a space where you’re cooking.
Basements are dark spaces where a lot of stuff and food is often stored. As a result, mice feel right at home in this space. Mice nibble paper or plastic containers of food with ease. Therefore, it is advisable to store food in sealable plastic containers or metal cans.
Attics often contain a lot of stuff and many nooks and crannies that are ideal for mice to hide in. In addition, many attics are not completely finished, so mice are also good at hiding in the roof or wall.
In the garden, you can encounter both house mice and outdoor mice, such as woodland and field mice. If the mice reproduce quickly, they can cause a lot of nuisance in the garden. For example, if you have vegetables, fruits and herbs in the garden. The more food in the garden, the more attractive the garden is to mice. They can do considerable damage by gnawing on vegetables, fruit, doors, cables, drainpipes and packaging. They can also dig tunnels which can cause damage to the lawn.
The chicken coop
Because mice love grains, pellets and other pet food, a chicken coop is also a popular place for them to hang out. Here they can cause a lot of nuisance because they can transmit diseases and cause stress to the chickens.
Mouse control in the Food Industry
In businesses where there are many food supplies and/or food production takes place, the likelihood of mice is considerably high. This applies to hotels, restaurants and farms, for example. For hotels and restaurants, it is very important to keep out and control mice because of hygiene. Also for them, food supplies must be properly packed and stored so that mice cannot reach them. Hotel rooms should be kept well clean and have no cracks or crevices for mice to fit through. It is also important that staff be well informed about the resources that should be used to prevent a mouse infestation.
Mice infestations are also common on farms and in the yard all around. They gnaw away supplies, eat from food being grown or cut cables. Mice also carry diseases that can make them dangerous to farm animals. Because of the food hygiene and health of farm animals, it is therefore also important on these farms that mice can be controlled effectively but safely.
Most commonly used control methods
Before you start fighting mice, you first need to know whether you are dealing with a protected species of mouse or an ordinary house mouse. Wood mice can only be controlled with non-toxic products and only if they are in a building. In the garden you cannot control these mice. Shrews may only be controlled poison-free in the house or in the yard of a house. Below we list a number of different control methods.
The traditional mousetrap
These are usually wooden mousetraps that snap shut as soon as the mouse steps on them. Plank of wood, a good spring with a piece of iron and a piece of cheese is a traditional recipe for a dead mouse.
The animal-friendly mousetrap
In this trap, you catch the mouse because a door closes as soon as they walk into the trap. Then you can release the live mouse (in another place) into the wild. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
The electric mouse trap
An electric mouse trap catches and kills mice by giving them an electric shock. The trap runs on batteries and is suitable for indoor use.
A device that you plug into the wall socket and emit sound waves. The idea is that mice do not like these sound waves and therefore your home is not attractive to them.
Mouse pellets with poison
Although mouse poison can work, it is also possible for mice to become resistant to the poison. Poison mouse pellets that fall under rodenticides can pose a danger to pets if they eat it, which is why you need to be very careful with them. The mouse pellets work immediately as soon as the mouse eats from it. This may cause any other mice to stop eating from it. In that case, it is better to choose modern mouse poison.
Modern mouse poison
Modern mouse poison is a multidose poison and counteracts the clotting of blood. Mice must eat this several times before it is lethal. It is available as pellets or in compressed pellets. In the pressed pellets, the venom is more homogeneously distributed so the mice get enough of the venom. With pellets, the mice may peel off the outer layer and therefore get too little poison.
A glue board contains glue and a lure. When mice step on it, they cannot get off. This is an animal-unfriendly method because it causes a lot of stress to the animals. It is illegal in the Netherlands to use glue boards in pest control.
If you don’t want to get mice in the cavity wall, you can use butt joint grates. These are also called bee beaks. The grates provide ventilation and that pests cannot get into the cavity wall.
A cat is a traditional way to control mice. However, some cats are better hunters than others and therefore it is not always the most effective way of controlling mice.
The mouse exterminator
If you cannot or do not want to fight mice yourself, you can also ask a mouse exterminator to help you. These are specialists who know exactly what to do to rid you of mouse infestation.
Mouse species in the Netherlands
Different species of mice occur in the Netherlands. The most common species are listed below.
The house mouse
The house mouse is the most common in the Netherlands. They are about 7-10 cm tall and have brown-gray fur, large eyes and ears and a scaly tail. The tail is about the same length as the body. They eat grains, insects, nuts, seeds. If they can find little food, they even eat paper or soap.
The wood mouse
The common wood mouse is found in the Netherlands and the yellow-necked wood mouse. The wood mouse has a dark brown back, a gray belly and yellow-brown flanks. The wood mouse has a distinctive tail with rings and is dark above and light below. The wood mouse has larger eyes and ears than a house mouse. Wood mice eat just about anything they find outside: berries, nuts, seeds, insects, mushrooms, snails and moss.
The yellow-necked wood mouse is similar to the common wood mouse, but has a brown back and a white belly. It has a yellow patch on its chest that resembles a kind of collar in that the patch continues down its back.
The field mouse
A field mouse has a shorter and hairier tail than a house mouse. Its eyes and ears are quite small. Field mice have shaggy fur and a more blunt snout than house and forest mice. They eat mainly plants, sometimes insects or snails.
Biologically, shrews are not mice, but insectivores. They have short legs, a pointed snout and very small eyes. Shrews are active both at night and during the day and mainly eat insects.
What are the costs of mouse control?
What you will spend to control mice depends, of course, on the means you use and how many mice are involved. There are mousetraps for as little as one euro each and bait boxes for as little as five euros each. Mouse poison costs on average about ten euros per 200 grams. So if you are only occasionally bothered by mice, the costs are not too bad. If the mouse infestation is larger and more persistent, the costs can mount up. Especially if you want a professional to control the mice.
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Mice like to seek a warm, sheltered place and can squeeze through very small openings. Therefore, check that your home does not have too many cracks and crevices.
Tip 2: Store food properly
Store food properly, such as in bins or cans that you can seal. It should be made as difficult as possible for mice to access the food.
Tip 3: Make sure your house is clean
Keep your home thoroughly clean, including the places you don’t get to much or that are difficult to reach. Also consider places in the kitchen where crumbs or leftovers fall between but are hard to reach. Even attics or attics that you may not visit much can become attractive places for mice if you don’t keep these areas clean.
Tip 4: Clean up trash in the home and garden
Following on from the previous tip, it is important to clean up and dispose of trash in the home and garden as soon as possible. Leaving garbage bags in place or garden waste accumulated can attract mice (or other pests).
Tip 5: No bird seed and fat balls in the garden
While it is nice for birds to get some extra food in the garden in winter, birdseed and fat balls are also very attractive to mice. Definitely do not offer these if you already have problems with mice or make sure you offer them in a place where mice cannot reach them.
Tip 6: Get a cat as a pet
The hunting instinct is not as deep in every cat, but having a cat can certainly help deter mice.
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