Signs of and How To Get Rid of Mice in a Garden

Signs of and How To Get Rid of Mice in a Garden

Mouse eating a root vegetable.

Mice love to eat seeds, bulbs and vegetables of various kinds from your garden. A mouse has plenty of cover from predators in a backyard and may make their bed in burrows or a shed. The signs of a mouse problem in the garden include bite marks on produce and holes in the soil where mice dig for food.

Mice in the garden can also spread disease. To get rid of mice in the garden you can practice a selection of techniques to shield the food sources a mouse will eat, remove or adjust potential places a mouse may make a bed and potentially use poison or traps. Poison is only usually necessary if there is a big problem.

While the tips we provide here will help, using a professional rodent control service is the most effective way of dealing with mice in your garden. For an affordable and long-lasting solution to a mouse problem in your backyard, you can contact us. We can assess the situation and provide the best outcome.

Signs of mice in a garden and why they like your backyard

There are many signs of mice and other rodents in your garden. The main signs are holes in the soil where mice dig to find food, such as near a seed, bulb or root vegetable. You can also find their beds underground, or possibly in a garden shed. Bite marks on vegetables and other plants are another sign of mice in your garden.

You may mistake the signs of field mice in your garden for a different type of rodent. There is a chance that water voles or bank voles are the cause of the damage in your backyard, but it is unlikely that rats or house mice will be the cause of your problems.

Field mice will choose an environment for one primary reason, which is a food source. Your garden can provide an abundance of food for mice, especially if you have extensive fruit and vegetable plants. Mice will find the natural cover of a garden another attractive aspect of your backyard.

3 practical tips on how to get rid of mice in the garden

Small mouse in garden

It is relatively rare for field mice to become such a huge problem that there is an infestation, but you probably find the damage they cause fairly annoying. Mice can also spread disease in your garden from their urine and faeces. As a result, you will want to take preventative measures to stop backyard mice.

The following are some practical tips to help control the mice in your garden. By incorporating these tips into your gardening practices, you can ensure the problem of mice remains minimal:

1. Protect your plants

You probably do not wish to give in to the problem and simply remove all of your plants. However, you can take measures to protect your plants from mice, or at least minimise their impact and dissuade them from damaging plants.

You can try putting mesh wire over your plant pots outside, which will stop any hungry mouse from accessing them. Mice hate biting on metal, and they are not strong enough to bite through it in any case.

You can also help rodent-proof your backyard shed. A shed is a key area where a mouse can make its bed and they will access potting sheds for feeding purposes too. Try using steel wool at any potential access points.

2. Get rid of any possible nesting places

Mice prefer warm, dry little nooks and crannies to make their nests. It is important to regularly sweep areas that may be appealing for mice to make their beds in for signs of an existing nest.

Areas to look out for include log piles, which can provide a notable amount of shelter to a mouse. Another common area you will see mice make their beds is in the garden shed. Check all corners and take a look underneath the shed too.

Unfortunately, finding a bed is not the best sign as it means that mice are present and may have also spread. Look for holes in the ground too, as mice can burrow to make a bed and line it with leaves or other materials.

3. Try poison, traps or rat boxes

We see lots of rodents and control different types with certain methods, which gives you a lot of versatility when you choose our services. However, unless the problem is really bad, it may be milder to avoid poison for mice in a garden.

You can successfully apply rodenticide, particularly under sheds or decking, but this is not always necessary. Humane traps can help by capturing the mice and there are commercial mouse repellents and deterrents you can try too.

A rat box will also help with rats or other rodents. It contains poison and has a design that makes it work with rats and mice without interfering with any other larger animals or pets.

Mice control options for your garden

Having mice in the garden is irritating and they can cause damage to plants. Look for small holes and bite marks or signs of a nest. Protecting plants, removing places where mice make their beds and using more traditional forms of pest control are some potential ways to get rid of the issue.

If you want the most effective mice control in your garden you are going to need a professional service to ensure you use the right option. Trying to do it yourself can be a challenge, but hopefully these tips we discussed above will help you prevent any significant problems.

If you have a bigger problem and want to guarantee a long-lasting solution to the issue of mice in your garden, we recommend contacting us so we can assess the situation and take control of the problem. You can also view our blog for more tips and information on pest control.


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What to Do if There are Mice in Your Walls

Here at AMES Group, we take great pride in the decades of experience we have in the world of pest control, and we have dealt with a wide variety of pest problems during this time. This includes innumerable cases involving mice in walls, so we know exactly what to do when the rodents have made themselves comfortable in your space. This is even professional advice that we are willing to pass along when a customer needs our help.

We are traditionally a commercial pest control firm, but we will also carry out work on domestic properties if the problem is too large to be handled by non-professionals. We will always take your case into consideration, so contact us today if you suspect that you have a mouse problem somewhere in your property, but you need our expert help to clean them out.

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Signs you may have mice in your walls

As nocturnal creatures, you’re unlikely to openly see mice during the day unless you have quite a large infestation. Instead, they will keep to the spaces in cavity walls, vents, suspended ceilings and other hidden areas, only venturing out at night or when your property is quiet to look for food. 

If you suspect that mice live anywhere in your property, including in your walls, you will have to watch for a number of different signs to be certain:

  • Scratching sounds coming from walls, underneath floorboards, in attics, cellars or ceilings, especially at night
  • Chewed containers or boxes, or crumbs showing up in your cupboards
  • Droppings scattered randomly, inside cupboards, on kitchen countertops or along skirting boards
  • Buildups of urine combined with body grease, dirt and shed fur in piles (known as urine pillars)
  • Grease marks rubbed along skirting boards and walls, from where the mice have travelled
  • Tracks or footprints in dust or any other scattered substance, including flour or talcum powder
  • Nests or signs of nests, usually spotted by noticing buildups of shredded paper, cotton balls or other soft materials
  • A strong smell coming from any particular area where mice may hide

If you have a combination of any of these signs (especially a scratching sound), it is likely that you have a mouse or even multiple mice living somewhere in or around your property. 

After this, you should start to find methods of removing them (whether via a home remedy or contacting a professional) and seeing about getting rid of the things that are attracting them to your home.

What could be attracting mice into your walls?

A mouse problem in your walls could be caused by a variety of different things that attract rodents into any commercial building, or even a domestic space such as a house or apartment:

  • Food sources provided by leaving crumbs and small pieces of food around
  • Not properly cleaning plates or by leaving food in unsealed containers
  • Water sources provided by leaving out uncovered pet bowls. Mice can also obtain water from their food, so you may be giving them both food and water simply by not cleaning away crumbs!
  • Letting the rubbish pile in your kitchen bin pile up and overflow
  • General untidiness in your interior, which provides mice with places to hide
  • Cracks and other openings in cavity walls
  • Odours that have been left behind by previous infestations
  • The warmth and safety provided by your interior space (this reason becomes prominent during the UK’s autumn and winter months, when the temperature is naturally colder and mice will look for a safe place to nest)

How to get rid of mice in your walls for good

You may have a number of home remedies and solutions available to you if you would like to try and get rid of mice from your business, house or apartment’s walls yourself, without any help from professionals:

  • Sealing up all possible holes and cracks which could become entrances to cavity walls and other spaces in your home 
  • Cleaning up all possible food sources, not leaving behind any crumbs which mice might be attracted to
  • Storing all food you intend to eat properly, in sealed plastic or metal containers
  • Cleaning away all soft materials that a mouse could attempt to use as bedding (especially during the winter, when they will be looking for a warm place to make a nest)
  • Using a store-bought trap to catch the mice (these traps usually require bait to lure the mouse in)
  • Leaving out poison
  • Leaving cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, pepper or cloves in areas where you have had problems with mice. These are said to naturally repel mice
  • Using a small amount of ammonia as a mouse repellent in places where they may hide (please keep these out of reach of pets and children)
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When to contact the professionals

In some cases, an infestation may be too large or too severe for home remedies to have any affect. When this applies to your property, you will need to rely on a professional UK pest control firm to either trap, fumigate or otherwise remove the mice that live in your walls. This ensures that the work is carried out just as it should be, and will leave your property completely clear of any vermin that were present before.

Our professional services for mouse control

Here at AMES Group, we offer a myriad of services that are guaranteed to take care of any mice in your walls, whether you are looking to fumigate, bait or trap vermin found in your home or business. Everything we carry out will be meticulously planned beforehand, and offers the most humane levels of service. Once our work has been carried out, we can even offer you expert advice on what to do to keep your home rodent-free. 

Just imagine being able to live and work without the worry of knowing there are mice in the walls, sleeping at night without any scratching sound to wake you up or finding chewed holes in your cupboards that have a trail of crumbs leading from them. You will be able to relax completely, and return to your normal routine without any hassle, whether it’s summer and there is plenty of food around or winter and your property is the warmest place around.

Our services for UK mouse control include:

  • Finding signs of large scale problems
  • Identifying holes and other points where mice may enter your property
  • Offering professional advice on what to do to keep mice from returning once removed
  • Nest removal
  • Providing a full guide on the most useful tools and products for pest prevention

Our service will always naturally begin with a survey to determine the size and severity of your pest infestation, which should take between half an hour to an hour, and can always be scheduled at a time which suits you best. Once this assessment has been completed, our trained and qualified technician will be able to come up with the most effective solution for clearing out your property.

Our team member called to your property may even be able to start work on removing the mice from your walls right away, but this depends on the severity of your mouse problem.

The treatments that might be used to clear your property include:

  • Mouse repellents ‒ these include ultrasonic devices and poison, if necessary. We may even fumigate the affected area
  • Bait traps ‒ these will be used to lure in and trap the mice, before they are humanely captured and transported elsewhere for a safe relocation
  • Odour Control ‒ this removes any smell which may be left after you have had an infestation of mice. This also helps to prevent more mice from being attracted into your property again
  • Proofing and prevention ‒ our team members will be ready and waiting to discuss easy, cost-effective methods of keeping mice away from your property after the treatment has been carried out

We must also note that removing mice from your property will require more than one visit, because of the pest control process required, as well as legal obligations.

You may also rest assured that each control procedure we carry out for properties invaded by mice will see a treatment based on a bespoke plan, so your space will always receive exactly the pest control it needs. This plan will then be carried out by a dedicated technician who is BPCA-certified. This keeps our work industry standard, so you know you are receiving the highest quality care for your property.

Clear your vents and walls and bring back your peace of mind

Contact our team at AMES Group today and we can ensure that the vents and walls of your property are kept mouse-free, at a time which will be quicker than attempting to tackle the work yourself and at greater levels of efficiency than home remedies. Whether you have any kind of infestation in your commercial building, or your house or apartment is showing signs of a huge number of rodents, such as the persistent sound of scratching throughout or large amounts of droppings, we can be there as soon as possible to take care of the problem.

Any mice we find in your walls or vents will be removed quickly and humanely, with thorough care on our part to ensure that the job is carried out to the highest levels of quality. We’ll bring these services to your property wherever you are in the Midlands.


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What Attracts Mice into Your Home and How Can it Be Stopped?

With over 30 years of experience in pest control and in tackling vermin problems in properties, AMES Group is more than prepared to give advice on what attracts mice into your interior spaces. We have seen countless cases over the years, noting what has brought each case inside before we come up with the correct solution for removing the mice again. We can even provide free professional advice for our customers on how to stop mice from coming back inside.

Traditionally, we operate as a specialist commercial pest control company, but if you have a large scale problem with mice in a domestic property, we will be happy to take your case into consideration as well. Contact us today if you think there may be a mouse problem somewhere in or around your space and our team can ensure that the problem is taken care of quickly, efficiently and as soon as possible.

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Why do you have mice in your house?

There are a number of different things which might attract mice into your home, including:

  • Small pieces of food and crumbs which haven’t been properly cleared away
  • Improperly sealed containers, either on food for humans or pet food
  • Overflowing rubbish bins
  • General mess around your property interior, which gives the mice a place to hide
  • Available water sources, such as pet water bowls
  • Long grass or tall weeds growing in your garden or yard, especially around your property’s foundations
  • Cracks and openings in walls
  • The warmth and shelter provided by an interior, especially in the colder autumn and winter months
  • Odours left behind by mice from previous infestations
  • Good nesting material within easy access, such as cotton, dental floss, old newspapers and feathers from pillows or quilts

What mice do when nesting in houses and apartments

Once mice have made their way into a house or an apartment, they will start to find a more permanent shelter and build a nest. This will usually be in a warm, isolated area, such as in walls, ceilings and attic spaces, with the most likely areas being located near to food sources, such as kitchens and dining rooms. Because of this, you may also find nests behind appliances and in cupboards.

The mice will also spend their time finding food around your home. Mice eat a range of different foods, and will be happy on anything from biscuit crumbs, to peanut butter, chocolate and chocolate spread, bacon, cereals, fruit and crisps. 

Physical signs of a mouse problem

Mice are nocturnal, so catching them in your pantry during the day is unlikely, unless your infestation is rather severe. However, signs such as chewed boxes, half-eaten food and crumbs and droppings all determine whether you have a problem with mice.

Mouse droppings and urine in your interior will be a very blatant sign that you have an infestation. These will both build up over time if unmanaged, causing odour and other hygiene issues in your property.

You may also start to notice smeared marks and lines appearing along your skirting boards, which is a sign that mice are commonly using that path to travel back and forth in your home. The marks are made by grease coming off a mouse’s fur as they rub along the boards.

How one mouse becomes an infestation

With the combined knowledge that mice can live for up to a year in your home, female mice can be ready to mate again immediately after having a litter (usually between five and six pups) and only have a gestation period of between 19 and 21 days, you can understand why your home may quickly be overrun by a mouse infestation.

Do the mice keep coming back?

If you keep getting rid of mice around your property but they keep returning, it is likely that you haven’t gotten rid of the thing which is attracting them in the first place. There may be a number of different solutions to this.

How to prevent mice from entering your home

Just as there are a number of things which may attract mice into your home, there are also a number of things that you can do as a property owner to prevent them from coming in:

  • Storing food properly in plastic or metal containers
  • Regularly cleaning spaces which see a lot of food, especially under appliances and inside kitchen cupboards
  • Keeping your home tidy to prevent mice from hiding under clutter
  • Regularly weeding and tidying your garden or yard to give them fewer places to hide outside
  • Sealing up or covering holes, gaps and cracks in walls, vents and pipes
  • Fixing any damage in your roofing, including using wire mesh to seal up gaps
  • Setting out commercial traps and bait or poison to remove them from your home

If you do these and find that mice are still returning to your property, or you are worried that your infestation might be too large for a store-bought remedy to be effective, it will be time to call a professional pest control service to provide the thorough solution you need.

Our services for removing mice from your property

AMES Group provides a range of exceptional services for a number of homes and any businesses that have a mouse problem. From methodical but humane removal services, to providing effective rodent deterrents and repellents, we ensure that you can feel comfortable in your own space without having to listen to scratches in the walls or find droppings again. We will even offer you free, expert advice on what our customers can do to keep their properties pest-free in the future.

Our services for mouse control include:

  • Identifying signs of large scale mouse problems in houses, apartments, gardens or yards
  • Finding areas where a mouse may enter your property, providing advice and prevention methods that will keep mice away
  • Mouse nest removal
  • Essential mouse prevention methods
  • A comprehensive guide to the most useful mouse prevention tools and products

How our service works

We will begin by conducting a professional survey of your property and its surrounding area ‒ our work always starts by assessing the severity of your infestation. To do this, one of our trained and qualified technicians will come to your property and carry it out.

This work should take between half an hour and a full hour and will always be done at a time which is most convenient for you. You will never have to worry about our member of staff turning up when you are not available!

We will carry out our work using mouse control treatments that are specific to your needs ‒ every job we carry out for this type of work will be different, as mice can pose a variety of problems for properties. Once our team member has completed an assessment of the situation, they will be able to provide the solution that should see your property cleared. They may even be able to start work right away, but this will depend on the size and severity of the infestation.

The treatments we may use include:

  • Mouse-sized bait traps ‒ these use bait to lure the mice into a cage, perfect for humane capture, transport and relocation
  • Mouse repellents ‒ these include ultrasonic devices and poison, if necessary
  • Rodent Odour Control ‒ this treatment service helps to remove the bad smell which often accompanies large infestations of rats or mice
  • Proofing and prevention ‒ just imagine having gotten rid of a worryingly large mouse nest in your property and finally feeling settled again, only for the problem to start over when you hear more mice in your walls! This is where our team can step in and help, because once our technician has identified your infestation and the problem has been resolved, they will also be able to discuss easy, cost-effective methods that help to prevent further pest problems

It must be noted that mouse control for your property will require more than one visit, owing to the nature of the pest control required and additional legal obligations.

We are BPCA-certified

Any time we are called to take care of mice on a property, the job will be carried out by one of our BPCA-certified technicians. This guarantees industry-standard levels of service that will see your property clear, and ensures that all treatments we use adhere to and comply with standard British health and safety regulations.

Each of our team members also understand that every property they visit will have different issues with mice, so you can also be sure that the pest control solution and advice provided will be bespoke and specific to your property’s needs.

Free your home from unwanted rodent pests

Contact our specialist team at AMES Group today to have your home cleared completely of any mouse or mice, whether you live in a house or an apartment, or even need pest control services to take care of an infestation in your garden. Our emergency technicians can even come to your location right away if your problem needs taking care of as soon as possible. So, if you know that the issue in your home is too much to handle, we can deal with it to the professional standards you deserve.

You can rest assured that we’ll swiftly and humanely remove any mouse we find on your property, wherever you are based in our catchment area. We are proud to offer our services across any number of locations in the Midlands, so if your property is in need of our services, we will be there.

The 6 Types of Mice in the UK

The 6 Types of Mice in the UK

In the UK, there are currently six different mouse species, five of which are native and one (dormouse) being accidentally introduced in the early 20th century.

Whether you have spotted a mouse in your house or commercial property or you’re simply curious about the different mice types, we have created an all you need to know guide on the different types of mice found in the UK.

House mouse (Mus musculus)

Arguably the most common type of mouse found in both residential and commercial properties. This is because house mice enjoy living near us and around us. House mice are, for the most part, harmless but in large numbers, they can cause structural and hygiene problems, especially for businesses.

How to identify a house mouse

House mice are the most basic type of mouse and can be characterised by the following features:

  • Colour: light brown with a lighter belly
  • Lifespan: about one year in the wild
  • Size: between 8 – 12cm (their size does not differ whether its a female mouse or a male mouse)
  • Distinctive features: large circular ears and a strong smell (see our guide on mice smells for more information on this)

What do house mice eat?

House mice rely on a diet of nuts and sometimes small insects. They also enjoy cereal and anything with a high sugar count.

What are they like?

House mice are nocturnal creatures that prefer to source food and shelter in the night and rarely come into contact with humans during daytime. They like living with us mainly due to the food and shelter we provide. However, mice are notorious bacteria transmitters and while one house mouse may not cause huge problems, a nest can. If you discover a nest in your property, be sure to contact AMES Group or read our article on the best ways to get rid of mice.

Field mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

The field mouse, as its name suggests, takes up its residence in fields across the UK but can find their way into our homes and properties.

How to identify a field mouse

Colour: may be a slightly darker brown with a white belly

Lifespan: about a year in the wild

Size: slightly smaller than the average house mouse, about 8 – 10cm

Distinctive features: large back feet, does not smell as bad as house mice and very shy

What do field mice eat?

Similar to house mice, field mice base their diet on nuts and seeds foraged from the fields where they live.

What are they like?

Field mice are very timid and are rarely seen in the daylight. They are fast on their feed and can jump high thanks to their powerful back legs. Most of their nests are created underground in burrows, and it’s not uncommon for a field mouse to create a nest in your garden.

They are also responsible for helping plant seeds to help the growth of new trees. Their main predators are owls, falcons and other large birds.

Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus)

Harvest mice are the smallest mouse on our UK mouse list and dwell in fields and grassy areas.

How to identify a harvest mouse

Colour: light brown or even orange

Lifespan: 8-12 months in the wild

Size: by far the smallest mouse in the UK, with a size of approximately 6cm

Distinctive features: its small frame, blunt nose and a tail as long as its body

What do harvest mice eat?

Harvest mice will eat anything from vegetation and fruit to small insects found in grassy areas

What are they like?

Harvest are less common to appear in our homes and properties because they’re happy to nest in grassy areas and fields. They are nocturnal and prefer quieter surroundings. 

Yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis)

As their name suggests, yellow-necked mice have a distinct yellow band around its neck.

How to identify a yellow-necked mouse

Colour: yellow neck with a greyish-brown fur coat

Lifespan: about a year in the wild

Size: typically slightly larger than your average field/wood mouse

Distinctive features: its yellow neck is the only distinguishable factor when comparing it to a field mouse, other than that, they share many of the same features

What do yellow-necked mice eat?

Similar to the above, yellow-necked mice will eat nuts, seeds and small insects, but they also enjoy sugary foods such as cereal.

What are they like?

Yellow-necked mice are shy and timid by nature and will only source food at night. They predominantly inhabit outside grassy areas but can find their way into our homes and properties if food and shelter is easily accessible.

Differences between mice and other similar animals

Mice can be difficult to identify to anyone who is not a pest control expert, so we have compiled a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding identifying mice below:

  • What is the difference between a mouse and a vole?

Voles have shorter tails than mice and are usually wider and more stout. Voles also prefer to remain underground and are not commonly found in our homes, unless brought in by a predator like a cat.

  • What is the difference between a shrew and a mouse?

Again, shrews are usually smaller than mice with a pointed nose and prefer burrowing underground as opposed to living with humans. Shrews are also not considered rodents, instead, shrews are Eulipothphla, meaning they predominantly eat insects. Other Eulipotpgla include hedgehogs and moles.

  • What is the difference between a mole and a mouse?

Moles are stout creatures that are usually black or very dark brown in colour and have pink noses and claws. Both their ears and eyes are so small it’s difficult to spot them on first glance.

Struggling to identify a mouse?

If you have spotted a mouse or multiple mice in your property, it may be the sign of an early infestation. For this, you can try laying traps to catch the mice before the problem escalates. We have our own article on the best ways to trap and eliminate mice which you may find useful. 

Failing that, if traps aren’t working or you have a mouse problem in a commercial property, you may need professional assistance.

Call AMES Group today and we’ll have a mouse technician out to inspect your property in under 24 hours.

Mouse Droppings: What do they look like?

Mouse Droppings: What do they look like?

Spotting mouse droppings in your home or commercial property is one of the first signs of infestation and must be treated swiftly in order to reduce the risk of an increased mouse population. Mice are able to populate extremely fast, which is why being able to identify droppings becomes an important part of the mouse removal process.

AMES Group have been removing mice from domestic and commercial properties across Birmingham and the Midlands for over 35 years and are on-hand to provide fast and effective pest control solutions for all customers.

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Sign You May Have a Mouse Infestation

It’s likely that you will spot the droppings before you see the mouse, as while they enjoy living within our company, they are nocturnal and are unlikely to search for food in daylight.

You spot mouse droppings – mouse droppings are among the first signs you will notice. Mouse droppings are usually grouped together in high numbers, usually 40 – 100 droppings (and that’s just from one mouse). They can be identified by their small, pellet-shaped appearance and their size, roughly ¼ inch in length and resemble grains of rice. If they are light brown, the droppings are likely fresh, the darker and harder the pellets, the older they are. 

Noises, specifically scratching and scuttlings – another telltale sign of an infestation are noises emanating from the walls, floorboards and ceilings. Mice are most active at night and use the cover of darkness to source food and materials to build their nest. The sounds are characterised by scratchings, squeaks, scurrying and gnawing. Be sure to inspect the source of the noise and identify the problem pest.

Chewed sills, furniture and wiring – look out for gnaw marks on bits of furniture and floor sills. Mice can also chew through wires, so be sure to insect behind computers and televisions for mouse nests.

Footprints – noticeable in dusty parts of the property that see rare use (attics, lofts, storage areas etc).

Where to Look for Mouse Droppings

Mice prefer to nest in small, enclosed areas of your home, away from plain sight. However, they may be far closer than you think, be sure to check in the following areas for mouse droppings:

  • Kitchen cabinets, behind the oven and other large appliances
  • Airing cupboards and utility rooms
  • Bathroom cabinets 
  • Lofts, atticus and storage spaces 
  • Garden sheds and workshops
  • Cracks, fissures and holes in the wall

The Difference Between Mouse and Rat Droppings

It’s important to be able to differentiate mouse droppings from rat droppings in order to place effective treatment. Size is the key differentiator here, as stated previously, they are about ¼ of an inch in contrast to trap droppings, which are around half an inch long and are usually wider. 

Additionally, rats poop on the go whereas mice prefer to poop in one place, creating a pileup. 

Are Mouse Droppings Dangerous?

While not as dangerous as rat or pigeon droppings, mouse droppings do carry bacteria which can be dangerous to pets and humans when ingested. In some cases, mouse droppings may also trigger allergic reactions in some people. When inhaled, mouse droppings can also cause the following infectious diseases:

  • Hantavirus – a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted to humans then they ingest the urine, feces or saliva of infected rodents.
  • Bubonic plague – known for causing “The Black Death” in the early 14th century. It is highly contagious and is predominantly spread through bite of an infected rodent but can also be caught if urine, feces or saliva is ingested.

Do Mouse Droppings Smell?

Yes, mouse droppings are known to smell, especially when they are left in a property for too long. The longer they are left, the more difficult the smell is to eradicate.

What Should I do With Mouse Droppings?

Due to mouse droppings giving off a strong, unpleasant smell, air out the area for at least half an hour before cleaning begins. Next, sweep the droppings into a dustpan or hoover them up using a vacuum cleaner. 

Be sure to wear gloves and safely empty the vacuum cleaner/dustpan to dispose of the droppings. Place the droppings into a sealed bag and place this in your bin outside to ensure the smell does not remain in the property. 

Spray or clean the dropping area with antibacterial soap to ensure no remnants are left for pets or children to come into contact with.

Check up on the place you cleaned the droppings from to ensure the mouse is not still present. If it is, you may have an early infestation problem and trapping will be required to alleviate the problem. We’d recommend reading our The 10 Best Baits for Mice | Fast & Easy Removal Tips article.

Have You Spotted Mouse Droppings?

If you have spotted mouse droppings in your commercial property and you would rather let the professionals take care of it, AMES Group is on-hand to help. With over 35 years’ experience in the rat and mouse control industry and certified technicians equipped to handle any problem big or small, you’re in safe hands with our team.

We also provide emergency call-outs if your problem is urgent, for example, if a large infestation of mice is disrupting your commercial property and hindering your staff from working.

For commercial mouse dropping problems, please call our team today for fast, effective and affordable pest control solutions.

How to Get Rid of Mice in 5 Simple Steps

How to Get Rid of Mice in 5 Simple Steps

Mice remain one of the most common rodent pests that inhabit the UK, and while they are mostly harmless, an infestation can cause severe disruption to both domestic and commercial properties. 

What are Mice?

There are six different mouse species currently inhabiting the UK, five of which are native. Their life expectancy is relatively short in the wild, averaging at about a year. However, the doormouse, which was introduced to the UK in 1902, can live up to five years in the wild.

Despite their being six species, they can all be characterised by their brown fur and soft white neck and belly. Their size ranges from 8 – 14cm and they can weigh anywhere between 18g to 24g.

get rid of mice

Where to find mice

Before we discuss the best ways to get rid of mice, it’s important to know the main areas where they reside. For example, if you buy mouse traps and are not sure where to place them, they will likely be ineffective.

The main reason mice infiltrate our properties in search of food, warmth and shelter. So, anywhere where they are able to source food and create a nest, they will stay. 

Common places you may find mice in residential properties include:

  • Kitchens 
  • Attics
  • Lofts 
  • Living rooms (behind TVs, sofas and floorboards)
  • Bedrooms (in ceilings, cupboards and under beds)
  • Gardens (check cracks, gaps and fissures in exterior walls for nests)

Common places to find mice in commercial properties:

  • Storage rooms (they are usually quiet, full of items and rarely visited)
  • Ceilings (among vents, pipelines and high-up crevices)
  • Within walls (check gaps, cracks and fissures)
  • Warehouses 

How to get rid of mice

  1. Locate their nest

The first step to getting rid of mice is finding where they are nesting. Mice are nocturnal creatures that rarely make an appearance in daylight. For this reason, it’s unlikely you will spot them. However, there are some telltale signs to lookout for, including:

Droppings – mouse droppings are usually grouped, so look out for droppings around your property. For more information on mouse droppings and how to identify them, please visit our mouse dropping identification page.

Scratch and gnaw marks – mice will typically gnaw on items of furniture in order to grind down their teeth. They will also scratch and gnaw at materials to obtain materials for their nest.

Pawprint marks – if the mice have inhabited a space or area that’s rarely visited, you may be able to find pawmarks in the dust.

  1. Decide on the best mouse trap
mouse trap

The most effective way to eliminate the presence of mice is laying traps. However, understanding how traps work and what trap is best for your mouse situation is essential. For example, some traps will instantly kill mice, whereas others will simply trap them for the purpose of relocation. 

Below, we have featured the most popular and effective mouse traps:

Bait traps – bait traps work by luring the mouse into the trap using a form of bait. Once inside, the mouse cannot escape. Bait traps come in many forms, but most utilise a hatch or lever that when activated, shuts the mouse inside with the bait for safe transportation and relocation. 

Snap traps – snap traps work by luring the mouse onto a platform that when applied with pressure, releases a snap trap (usually a metal bar) which instantly traps and kills the mouse. Snap traps are commonly used to humanely kill mice.

Live traps – similar to bait traps, live traps are designed to lure the mouse in via the traps unique design. They feature tight entrances that are appealing to mice (as they like squirming into small spaces) but once inside, the mouse cannot escape the same way it entered. Bait can be placed inside the trap to further encourage the mouse to inspect and engage.

Glue traps – glue traps have varying success rates and are not as common as the above traps. Sometimes, mice are strong enough to escape the traps, or at least drag it along with them. In this case, at least you would be able to hear them.

Note: If you are suffering with a larger infestation, traps may not be the most effective solution. Rodenticides are commonly used by mouse and pest control technicians when it comes to eliminating large numbers of mice. However, these are powerful deterrents and should only be used by qualified technicians in only certain situations. 

For more information on this, please contact our mouse experts today.

  1. Choose your mouse bait

The bait you choose to lure and trap the mice is an essential part of removing mice from your property. Not all baits will work which is why it’s important to choose one of the following when luring mice into traps:

  • Peanut butter – peanut butter is one of the most common mouse baits you can buy. It’s cheap and readily available to anyone, peanut butter is sweet and has a strong smell that mice will pick up on. Simply take one teaspoon of peanut butter and place it on the trap. 
  • Seeds – a mouse’s diet primarily consists of seeds, so this is an obvious choice. Although they do not have the same potency as sweeter foods, they are familiar to mice and therefore a good choice of bait.
  • Chocolate – again, a sweet and accessible form of bait, chocolate has a strong potency and works well with mice and other rodents.
  • Pet food – if you have cats and/or dogs, simply take a small bit of their food and place it on the trap.

Note: be sure that all traps are kept out of the way of pets and small children to ensure their safety.

  1. Remove them from the premises

Knowing how to effectively remove mice after they have been exterminated is important in order to deter future pests and keep your property hygienic. Removing dead mice from your home or property is a straightforward task but it’s important to follow these steps:

  • Ensure the trap has worked and the mouse is dead
  • Check the trap has worked properly and will not cause injury to yourself when removing the mouse
  • Transport the trap to an outside area away from your house, do not put the mouse in a bin
  • Wear gloves when removing the mouse from the trap in order to reduce the risk of transmitting bacteria
  • Clean the trap when you re-enter your property with disinfectant or follow the cleaning guide provided with the product
  1. Put future deterrents in place

Prevention is always better than a cure, which is why it’s important to ensure your property is properly protected to deter anymore mice from infiltrating. Simple changes such as filling in any gaps, cracks or fissures in exterior walls will block any potential transport routes for the mice. Other tips include:

  • Cleaning your garden regularly – messy gardens offer an almost perfect habitat for mice, so be sure to keep your garden clean.
  • Do not leave leftover food out – an obvious one but leaving food out will always attract pests, so be sure to clean up after cooking.
  • Seal bins outside – if your rubbish beans are not closed or properly sealed, this will attract a variety of pests, including mice, rats, wasps and foxes. 

How to get rid of mice in certain locations

Mice will nest anywhere they can find food, shelter and warmth. Below, we have listed the most common areas and ways to get rid of them.

  • How to get rid of mice in the kitchen

If mice are in your kitchen, locate their nest (or located signs of infestation) and place traps within these areas. Some mice may be nesting behind your oven as it is a warm and hidden place where they are unlikely to be seen.

Traps should be placed either behind the oven or in front of it.

  • How to get rid of mice in the bathroom

Mice rarely nest in bathrooms because they are often damp and clammy, which isn’t good for their nests. However, if they are in your bathroom (possibly in an airing cupboard), then be sure to locate the nest or have a rough idea of where they have been, and place traps in those areas.

  • How to get rid of mice in the living room

Mice prefer to nest behind televisions, under carpets and sometimes behind sofas. For this, place traps underneath furniture towards the middle, to ensure you don’t trap your feet or disrupt the trap when sitting.

Note: be sure to place traps away from children and pets.

  • How to get rid of mice in the ceiling/attic

Mice commonly build nests in ceilings because we rarely traverse that part of the home. You may hear scuttlings above which would indicate mouse activity. For this, place traps up in your attic as they will likely pass through here. Be sure to check on the trap every day to ensure the mouse has been caught and can then be responsibly disposed of. 

  • How to get rid of mice in the walls

Mice that are living within your walls are more difficult to eliminate. However, there are ways you can deter mice away from your home’s walls. Seal any entry points that the mouse may be using to enter the walls, this will either trap the mouse inside, or cut its entry back into the house. If the mouse has been successfully lead away from the house, seal the exterior wall to ensure it cannot return. 

  • How to get rid of mice naturally

Mice can be deterred and/or eliminated in many ways, but a “natural way” to get rid of mice would be to seal and fix any entry points in the house. This way, mice cannot enter your house and you will never have to deal with the threat of a mouse infestation in your house.

Suffering with a large mouse infestation? Call the experts!

If you discover a large infestation and would rather let the professionals take care of it, we are here to help. You can also find more information on mice on our mouse control page.

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