With winter comes the arrival of the House Mouse or the Long-Tailed Field Mouse into our homes seeking shelter. It’s been a mild autumn, so mice infestations may not have peaked yet but ignore the possibility at your peril. Mice will be one of the quickest ways to lose a reliable tenant. Without duplicating last week’s article on Rats regular checks of your premises will keep the problem under control and create a good relationship with your tenants. So should Portsmouth landlords be checking their premises for signs of mice? Yes.
Mice are a nuisance in three ways: they can spread diseases such as Salmonella and Listeria through their faeces, they cause structural damage through their need to gnaw damaging electric cables to washing machines and even gas and water pipes, they are active at night where they can be heard scurrying around lofts keeping tenants awake.
The most effective way to remove mice is to contact a professional pest control company such as Shawyers. Your tenant may have tried to control the problem by using humane traps available from DIY stores – peanut butter can have some success. However, unless you release the mouse half a kilometre away it will almost certainly find its way back to the house.
The House Mouse is a prolific breeder and can have between 4 and 16 young in each litter with up to 8 litters a year. Young will be sexually mature between 2 – 3 months. It is clear how a couple of mice can produce quite a problem if ignored. A trained pest control professional such as Chris here at Shawyers will help with any queries about a mice infestation.