Shiners can help you tackle a mice infestation quickly and safely, prevent risk to family members or staff and minimising further damage to your home or business. Mice tend to excrete wherever they go, this can pose a threat to your health as they rummage through your home or business. Mice climbing over your kitchen worktops and your food storage areas is not something anyone would like to see. A mice infestation can be highly distressing, and something you should tackle quickly, particularly if you have small children.
- Damage to property: mice can cause considerable damage and even fire as they gnaw their way through electrical wires, gnawing through your property to establish new pathways, chewing their way through doors, wiring, flooring, loft insulation and often using this material for nesting.
- Disease: their urine & faeces can transmit diseases such as Hantavirus & Salmonellosis, causing symptoms such as muscle pain, dizziness, chills, abdominal pain, vomiting. If contracted, the Hantavirus can be fatal with a mortality rate of 38%.
Signs of Mice:
- Mice droppings - around 70 droppings per day. Droppings are about the size of a grain of rice and dark in colour. Often found near food packages, inside cupboards, inside or behind furniture or along skirting.
- Urine mounds - over time urine combined with dirt and bacteria, accumulate to form small mounds, leaving behind a foul odour.
- Scratching sounds - listen out for noises beneath floorboards, behind ceilings, and along pipe and electrical routes throughout your home.
- Nests - mice build their nests in dark hard to reach spaces. Check wall cavities, under floorboards and under stoves behind fridges, in airing cupboards, and even within sofas. A female will give birth to up to 14 and can have up to 10 litters per year.
- Live or dead mice - If you happen to spot a mouse, even a dead mouse in or around your home, this is clear sign that there are more. Mice are not loaners.
- Smell - mice tend to leave a trail of urine wherever they walk. They also tend to take similar routes each day which build up. The strength of the smell may be a sign that you are close to the infestation.