To get rid of mice you need to follow our 5 Step Process

  1. Locate areas of mouse activity. Look for droppings, gnaw marks, holes in insulation and gaps in walls around pipework..
  2. Place mouse boxes or traps in the areas located above. These should be always along a perimeter, never in an open area.
  3. Check traps every 2 days and mouse boxes every 3. Move to a new area if nothing is taken in 3 days.
  4. Leave mouse boxes and traps in place until you’ve had a 2 weeks period without activity.
  5. Once you are happy the infestation has been dealt with, fill in any entry holes.

Read on for the full treatment guide

Banner: Before You Start

Some Useful Facts About Mice.

(and hopefully interesting too)

  • Mice live in hierarchical family groups consisting of an alpha male and female along with their offspring.
  • A typical family group is around 4-6 individuals; however, this can increase quickly given the right environment and a good supply of food. A female can have 8 litters a year each with as many as 6 young. Then the young themselves will reach sexual maturity after 6 weeks.
  • Mice are naturally inquisitive. They will come and inspect anything new and different that comes into their environment.
  • Mice feel safer eating within an enclosed space, this is why we supply you with boxes rather than trays.
  • Their incisors newer stop growing so they must continuously gnaw to keep them from getting too long.
  • Mice prefer to run along boundaries, making it easier for them to look out for any predators.
  • Mice will use cavity walls to move around the home, and will surface in the attic or anywhere a pipe cuts through an internal wall.
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What To Look For

  • Firstly, check for mouse droppings. These are the size of a grain of rice, just as hard and brown in colour.
  • Also look for mouse runs (areas along the perimeter), holes in the insulation and gnaw marks left on any pieces of wood or food items.
  • Note that if you can push your little finger through a hole then a mouse can squeeze through it too
Mouse Droppings

Where To Look

Around The Home

  • Attic spaces: check as much of the attic as possible. You are looking for droppings and mouse holes in the insulation. Corners and perimeter edges should be your main focus here.
  • Kitchen: remove kickboards and use a torch to check under the kitchen cupboards. Pay particular attention where pipes and drains cut through the walls.
  • Bathroom: if possible remove the bath panel and check the area where the pipes come through the internal wall.
  • Boiler cupboards: again, an area where pipes enter and another possible entry point from the cavity wall.
  • External walls: check the entire perimeter of the property. Look out for any possible entry points but do not block these until the infestation has been dealt with. If you do, then you risk blocking the mice inside your home, and the smell of a dead mouse can be quite bad.
Banner: Please Be Safe
Poison Warning
  • Always wear gloves and thoroughly wash your hands after handling poisons.
  • Make sure poison bait and traps cannot be reached by children or pets. If rat poison is eaten then you should seek immediate medical or veterinary help.
  • If in any doubt always read the instructions on the packaging.
Banner: Time For Action

Step 1 – Set up poison and traps

  • For mouse boxes, place two paste baits in each.
  • For traps, place an attractant in the trap’s bait holder.

Step 2 – Position boxes and traps

  • This should be in areas you have seen or heard evidence of activity. Make sure all boxes and traps are placed along a perimeter edge. Never leave them in the middle of an area.

Step 3 – Check poison and traps

  • For traps, check every 2 days but do not touch or move unless you have caught a mouse or need to add fresh attractant or bait.
  • For mouse boxes, leave for a minimum of 3 days before checking Replenish the bait if necessary.
  • Dispose of any dead mice by simply double bagging and placing in your general waste.
  • Leave poison and traps in place until you get a two-week period without activity. 

Once the infestation has been dealt with, fill any holes and block off any entry holes to prevent another group of mice settling in your home.

So What are the Best Attractants?

  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate
  • Buscuits
  • Bread
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Traps or Poison?

So, should you use traps or poison? Well our recommendation is normally poison but you can read our blog to weigh up the pros and cons of each and decide for yourself.
Mouse Bait & Traps

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