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7 Mice-Related FAQs From Our Clients

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Panther Pest Control Team
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As a London pest control company we’ve been in the vermin treatment and control business for years and the technicians have seen quite a lot of things. They have also received some very interesting questions about one of the most common household pests – the mouse.

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The Panther Mouse control experts have gathered all mice-related frequently asked questions in a list and will gladly give you some answers and a peace of mind.

Question 1: What’s The Difference Between A Rat And A Mouse?

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There’s quite a substantial difference between the two species when it comes to appearance. The most common rat species invading UK homes is the Norwegian or brown rat. Adult individuals of both species are easy to differentiate. Rats are bigger in size and weigh somewhere between 350-400 grams and body length between 7 and 9 inches. Mice are tinier and lighter. They reach a body length of 3 to 4 inches and the same tail length. When it comes to weight they reach approximately 30 grams and vary from light brown to black and grey . Rats, on the other hand, are brown or grey.

Question 2: What Do Mice Eat?

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Mice are omnivorous, which means that plants and meat are both included in their diet. Actually, they’d eat anything they can get their tiny paws on. When food is scarce they are known to become cannibals.

Question 3: Are Mice More Common In Winter?

When winter closes in, weather becomes colder and outdoors living conditions become less favourable, mice often invade human dwellings. “My house is not old and I keep it clean. Why do I have mice in my house?” Why is that, really? There are a few reasons. They need food, and what a better way to get it than from human homes. Second,  mice seek warmth so they can raise their babies undisturbed. And last, they are safe from predators like owls, as they have a secure hiding place.

Question 4: How Do Mice Get In The House?

Mice have the physical ability to squeeze in tiny spaces under doors. Their bodies are flexible enough to almost “flatten” their rib cages, so they could pass through small holes. If they cannot do it, they are persistent enough to chew their way into your home. Yet, they’d prefer small crevices or cracks somewhere in your property which they could use as an entrance.

Question 5: Where Do Mice Hide In A House?

Their “sweet homes” are places in your property which are often rarely or not-at-all used by people. These spots are basements, attics, storage boxes, wall interiors. Though they are close to people, they will live undisturbed  by you.

Question 6: How Many Mice Are Considered An Infestation?

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If you don’t check your property and pest-proof it often enough, it is almost certain you will have problems with a mouse infestation. At first, you might encounter one or two of these rodents, but they’d quickly grow in numbers. If there is enough food and space for them to live in peace, their tiny population would soon thrive. We’ll give you a rough estimate: if a male and female remain in their nest and have mouse pups, their number would quickly grow to 8 babies, you’d have 10 mice in your property for starters.

Question 7: Do Mice Bite People?

Regardless of how terrified you are of mice, they’re peaceful creatures and won’t crawl into your bed while you’re asleep to bite your nose off. If threatened, maybe when you grab them, they might bite you. Remember, they’re just as terrified as you are. This would be the answer to “Are mice aggressive?” Otherwise, they wouldn’t prefer living in unused rooms or spaces.