Riviera Pest and Falconry covers all aspects of pest control in both domestic and commercial properties in Devon.
The House Mouse is our most common small rodent and can be found in a wide variety of
establishments where humans frequent. They are approximately 70-90mm long (not including tail) with the tail being roughly the same length again. The fur is a light brown/grey colour uniformly over its whole body. They have big eyes and ears together with a pointed snout. They only live around a year due to predation but can live up to 3 years. The Field mouse (or Wood Mouse) is another species of mouse that can come indoors but usually prefers outbuildings/sheds etc to live in. They are of similar size but have a light grey underside and larger feet than the Hose Mouse and so are excellent jumpers.
Signs To Watch Out For:
- Droppings – small and dark (rice grain size), scattered randomly, can be found inside cupboards
or lofts in substantial numbers.
- Scratching – Usually at night when they are most active. Noises under floorboards, in false
ceilings, basements, lofts and wall cavities.
- Nests – Usually made up of chewed materials found in the area. Lofts are a favourite location due to an abundance of insulating materials, suspended ceilings, cavity walls, under floorboards. Can often be found inside the back of fridges/freezers also.
- Visual Sightings – Mice running around during the daytime can often indicate a substantial infestation.
- Strong smell – Mice urinate frequently and has a noticeably strong ammonia-like smell.
TREATMENT: There are a number of methods available to control Mice but it is important to try and find their entry points to prevent further infestations. Professional pest controllers will use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to tackling Mice in your home.