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Mouse Control from Rentokil

Protecting your Home and Family from Mouse Problems

Having mice in your home is more than an inconvenience - they can be a serious health risk particularly in kitchens or areas where children play.

A mouse can also do significant damage to your home and furniture by gnawing through wood and plastic.

Mice can even cause house fires by chewing through electrical cables.

Signs of a mouse problem

The typical signs of a mouse problem are:

  • Scratching noises in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around
  • Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls or in areas of significant mouse activity such as in cupboards or under sinks.
  • Distinctive smell – mice leave a trail that leaves 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
  • 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.

How to keep mice away

The first line of defence against mice is to proof your home. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through holes the width of a pencil, so it is important to seal any holes to the exterior and fit bristle strip around doors.

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It is important not to attract mice with food – where possible, store food in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under cookers, fridges and cupboards.

Ultrasonic repellers emit sound that is uncomfortable for mice but cannot be heard by humans. These may help deter mice from entering a home in the first place, but we do not recommend them for existing infestations as mice can quickly acclimatise to ultrasound.

How to get rid of mice

If not treated, a mouse infestation can quickly take hold.

Rentokil offers a range of DIY options for dealing with a light infestation of mice, but we recommend treatment by one of our service technicians if the problem persists or for heavier infestations as indicated by seeing three or more of the signs of mice listed above.

DIY Mouse Control

Rentokil offers a wide range of mouse control products for amateur use. This includes live capture mouse traps, traditional mouse traps and mouse killer. Rentokil products can be purchased from a wide range of DIY stores, garden centres and grocery stores.

It is essential to follow the instructions for safe and effective use and to ensure humane control of mice.

Professional Mouse Control

While amateur DIY products are a cost effective way to control light infestations of mice, professional pest control is required for more established mice colonies or where there is a repeated infestation.

Rentokil service technicians provide highly targeted treatment to deal with any mouse problem and will offer advice on how to keep your home free of mice in the future.

Rentokil offers a call-out service to deal with mice and other pest problems in the home.  Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil technician, call us on +255 22 2126005.