PEST CONTROL MICE – Domestic Premises
Domestic problems usually arise in the kitchen, or in the loft space. Mice often seek refuge from the cold winter temperatures and head inside for warmth. Once in the house they soon find food sources, behind the cooker, in the cupboards and behind the fridge. They also find insects in the cavity walls and in the loft.
In general, mice are often easier to treat than rats. Their curious nature makes them susceptible to control techniques.
Treatment methods include the inspection of key areas, the placement of bait in non-spill bait stations or trays, and a follow-up visits to make sure the job is complete. Care is taken to provide a safe treatment for pets and children. In kitchens it is possible to place bait under kitchen cupboards. Safe areas behind kick-boards and behind appliances are considered.
Costs are based on the expected number of visits required and in most cases a quotation can be given over the telephone. A standard price per visit is £48 including VAT, and based on three visits, a standard treatment costs a total of £144.00 inc vat. As a general guide – Treatment includes three visits, initially to place bait. A follow up inspection normally takes place within a week or so. The final inspection is carried out after a further week to make sure the problem is solved. The bait is removed at this point.
Payment is required in full at the start of the treatment.
Mice in lofts are treated in a similar fashion. Open trays of bait are used if it is safe to do so. Mice usually find it easy to get from the kitchen into the loft. They do this by using the cavity walls as a highway.
We use a variety of different baits. Some are in block form to prevent spillages. Others are loose bait or grain. The importance of palatability ( taste ) can not be under estimated for the control of rodents in general. Some baits only require a single feed, others require multiple feeds. The technician decides what bait to use where during the initial inspection.
Traps can be used, but they usually require more time to be effective. Dead mice rarely cause a noticeable smell, due to their small size. Mice also tend to live in the cavity walls and in the loft where the smell is not noticeable.