How to get rid of mice. The common house mouse is a pest of significant importance both as it damages wiring, pipework and buildings with its gnawing and will carry and transmit disease.
Of the mice, the house mouse (Mus musculus) is a pest in urban and rural environments. Rodents will enter your buildings at any time of the year; however, autumn/winter is the time when mice and rats seek new supplies of food, as the natural supplies in the countryside dwindle. They also seek shelter from the colder weather. All too often they easily find shelter and ample food in our homes, offices, shops and factories.
Other signs of rodents include hearing noises from the roof void or walls. There may be other causes. Read this article for help in identifying the cause of such sounds.
How to Get Rid of Mice:
You may hear a scurrying or gnawing sound in your roof space or under the floor as the first indication of infestation. Or perhaps you find a bar of chocolate half eaten in a cupboard. More alarming would be an electrical problem, caused by rodents gnawing though your wiring. With such signs it may be difficult to say whether you have rats or mice.
If droppings are found, the identification is much easier. Rat droppings are much larger, typically one inch (25mm) long and with a characteristic pointed end. Mouse droppings are less than 1/4 inch (4mm) long and usually more numerous. A mouse can produce around 80 droppings in a day!
If you want to know which species you have an infestation of try the ID Table.
The species of rodent (rats and mice) found in New Zealand are:
It is important to keep all toxic baits out of reach of children, pets and other non-target animals both from a safety point of view and from the point of view of finding the best place for rodents to find and eat the bait. Ideal bait sites are roof and ceiling voids, behind cupboards, fridges, freezers, etc.
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