pests

Mice

Mice

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Mice are small rodents that mainly lives with humans, causing damage to stored food, housing structure, electrical wiring and furniture. They can grow between 75 to 100mm in length and the vary in colour from white to grey, and light brown to black.

Why is it considered a pest?

They are unsanitary and their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children. They can multiply quickly and will do significant damage to your home and furniture through their gnawing activities. They will also contaminate food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind. Not only are mice destructive they have even been implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.

Where can it be found in Australia?

Mice can be found all over Australia.

Where it’s usually found in the home?

Mice are usually found in hard to reach places in the home. These include roofing and ceilings and behind appliances such as fridges and washing machines. They can also be found wherever food sources are, so wardrobes and pantries are a perfect location for them.

Typical signs of infestation?

  • Scratching noises - in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around.
  • Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks.
  • Distinctive smell – mice leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
  • Damage – mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter.
  • Nests – mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges. Nests will often contain young mice.