A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse.
In some places, certain kinds of field mice are locally common. They are known to invade homes for food and shelter and can be heard scurrying in lofts over the cold months.
Mice can at times be vermin, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damage, chewing electrical wires and spreading diseases through their parasites and droppings.
Signs to look out for include:
There are three main application methods used to control rats and mice with rodenticide baits. These are:
- Mouse droppings.
- Rodents tracks.
- Rodent sightings.
- Gnawed food and Damage to the fabric of the building.
- Loose baiting: loose bait made inaccessible to non-target species either by using it in secure premises or, elsewhere, by placing it under tiles, in pipes or using naturally occurring materials etc.
- Use of bait stations: bait applied in purpose-built bait stations is the most commonly used method by professional pest controllers but is not one that is compulsory in all circumstances.
- Hole or burrow baiting: loose bait applied directly into holes or burrows.