Wood Mouse
(Apodemus sylvaticus)

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Usually, an outdoor mouse, the wood mouse will come in for warmth, control would only be needed if they are coming in the house, causing damage. It is the most common widespread rodent in the UK.

Description

The Wood mouse is a bit larger than the house mouse, this rodent has sandy brown fur, large ears and feet. There also have prodrucding eyes and a tail as long as the body.

Biology

The Wood mouse will breed between march and autumn and have between 5 - 8 young in each litter, there numbers can soon stack up. The gestation period is about 21 days, reaching maturity within 5- 6 weeks. Breeding in the winter is possible, though depending on conditions and food supply.

Food

They will eat a variety of food like insects, worms, caterpillars. They will also eat seeds and berries found.

Habitat

Generally burrowing outside, gardens, woodland, parkland, they will construct complexed burrows with separate rooms and storage areas, these burrows are used over generations.

Reasons for control

Property Damage: Mice will gnaw through electrical cables, skirting boards, old sealant to gain entry

Food Safety
Mouse droppings and urine can cause health issues and contaminate food, also the potential risk of disease like Weil's disease can be transmitted to humans from contact with mice or their urine.
Wash down surfaces regularly if you have an infestation
An infestation of mice is often rapid due to they achieve sexual maturity quickly. As such, those looking to avoid an infestation need to ensure that all waste is managed the right way and that any storage areas for foods are kept secure. It can also be a good idea to ensure that all repairs around the home or business are fixed as soon as possible.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Droppings are a very good indication that you have an infestation. Mice droppings are rice like in shape and size and black in colour.

External entry points can be sealed with a wire mesh
Around radiators

Smear marks is another good indication, look around the hole or gap for oily smear marks around it, these are made from under the underbelly as it goes in and out of the entry point

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