Wood Mouse
(Apodemus sylvaticus)

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Introduction

The Wood mouse is a bit larger than the House mouse, usually, an outdoor mouse, they will come in for warmth control would only be needed if they are coming in the house, causing damage.
It is the most common widespread rodent in the UK.

Description

Sandy yellow fur
Tail as long as the body

Biology

3 - 5 Young per litter
The gestation period of about 25 days
Maturity within 5- 6 weeks

Food

Generally burrowing outside, unlike the House mouse. Will enter house buildings to feed.

Habitat

Generally burrowing outside, unlike the House mouse. Will construct complexed burrows with separate areas.

Reasons for control

Property Damage: Mice will gnaw through electrical cables, skirting boards, old sealant to gain entry

Food Safety
Mouse droppings and urine can cause health issues and contaminate food, also the potential risk of disease like Weil's disease can be transmitted to humans from contact with mice or their urine.
Wash down surfaces regularly if you have an infestation
An infestation of mice is often rapid due to they achieve sexual maturity quickly. As such, those looking to avoid an infestation need to ensure that all waste is managed the right way and that any storage areas for foods are kept secure. It can also be a good idea to ensure that all repairs around the home or business are fixed as soon as possible.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Droppings
Droppings are a very good indication that you have an infestation. Mice droppings are rice like in shape and size and black in colour.

Gaps to property
External entry points can be sealed with a wire mesh
Around radiators

​Smear marks
Smear marks is another good indication, look around the hole or gap for oily smear marks around it, these are made from under the underbelly as it goes in and out of the entry point

Know your options

Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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