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Pest Advice - Mice

Mice are hardy little creatures, so if there's a mouse in your house you may want to know a bit more about what makes it tick.

How do I identify a mouse?

Mice measure about eight centimetres in length (excluding the tail) and have an average weight of 12–22 grams. Their fur is brown/grey, with slightly lighter shading on their underside.

Where do mice live?

House mice are mainly found in close contact with human beings.

Outside, they can live:

Inside they will happily make their homes:

What do mice eat?

Rather than their stereotype of being cheese lovers, the foods most favoured by the house mouse are cereals, biscuits and chocolate. When in the house, mice will eat almost anything not sealed in an air-tight container.

House mice largely get the moisture they need from their food so do not need to seek out water.

What attracts mice?

In a word: food. Mice are masters at finding any scrap of food in and around your home, but their favourites are:

How do I know if I have a mouse problem?

You will know that you've got a mouse problem when you see, hear or smell:

Are mice harmful?

If they enter into the home wild mice may carry parasites and diseases that are harmful to humans and animals, including:

Another significant problem is the structural damage mice can cause from their gnawing and burrowing activities. This ranges from minor holes in walls/doors/furniture/cupboards to structural collapse, flooding, electrical faults and fire (due to gnawing through cables).

Things you might not know about mice

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