Also covering Kingston, Twickenham, Staines and Windsor
Professional Mouse Control for Surrey
Throughout Surrey and up to Kingston, Staines, & Windsor areas, we help households and businesses with our mouse control services.
Having Mice in your home or workplace is upsetting to most people, presents a real risk of illnesses including Salmonella through contamination and causes damage from their continuous gnawing habit.
Read on for the following:
Mouse Control Steps You Can Take
Three mouse control questions we are so often asked
Our residential mouse control service
Our Commercial service
Mice breed incredibly quickly and live in family groups. Where you see one mouse, there will be others you’re not seeing.
Fixed prices are usually available for our domestic mouse control service throughout Surrey with free initial surveys and reports for all businesses.
Contact Vanguard on the number below for advice, what we can do for you and a cost. No obligation of course.
Below are a few FAQ’s followed by an overview of what we can do for you, but first:
A Few Mouse Control Steps You Can Take
Fresh mouse droppings are shiny and quite soft. Older ones are dusty looking. They all resemble brown grains of rice.
Finding some dusty mouse droppings doesn’t necessarily mean you have them right now. If you can, look for more evidence.
New gnawing damage and stale smells would be two common signs of mice.
Finding nests and dark grey smears around edges of holes they run through (from oils in their fur) are further signs in areas where mice are active.
Look all around the room edge and same for rooms adjacent, especially behind in and under cupboards. Sweep up any old droppings you can reach.
Check each morning for a couple days to see if any fresh droppings appear, or other signs.
If you’re confident you have mice, whether you choose to deal with them yourself or call in a professional pest controller, consider the following:
Waste bins should be kept empty of foodstuffs each night. Don’t leave food out on desks or worktops. Crumbs are enough to sustain mice so clean up.
Where you find fresh droppings on worktops, cupboards, desks etc. there will be dried urine droplets which you won’t see. Clear up the droppings and wipe down surfaces with an antibacterial surface cleanser that’s at least effective against Salmonella
Where you’ve found signs of mice in the vicinity of foodstuffs in packets or boxes, move them before mice try to get inside. Even plastic containers should be moved out of reach as they’ll easily gnaw through them
Crockery/cutlery/pots and pans – Move out of the area or wash thoroughly before using
If you know you’ve got mice, don’t block holes straight away as they will find another way out, perhaps making more holes in the process. Ideally, you need to get rid of them first
Three Mouse Control Questions We Are Often Asked
Do we use humane mouse-traps?
The short answer is rarely in urban environments.
They can be an option in an environment where rodenticides are not allowed such as a food manufacturing site or perhaps where an abundance of food means they are not taking bait, such as warehouses or grain silo’s.
Humane traps catch mice alive whether singly or up to 30 at a time. The mice then need to be despatched, or released outside. If released, this needs to be 1/2 a mile or more from your property so they don’t find their way back as House Mice have a strong homing instinct.
House mice live alongside Humans and don’t survive well outside. If they can’t find another house/office/shop/factory etc with shelter and a food source fairly quickly, they will likely become a predator’s dinner or die in any number of other ways.
Live catch traps must contain a water and food supply and have minimum daily checks to ensure mice are not left to suffer unnecessarily. This will usually mean an increased cost to the customer as we spend more time on site.
When a poisoned mouse dies, will it smell?
No point beating around the bush here, It is possible to have a bad smell for 3-5 days on average until the carcass(es) dehydrate or fully decompose. There are temperature and humidity factors to consider, cool and dry environment may mean minimal smell, warm and damp can make it worse.
Where the rodent dies is a major factor – dead mice in wall cavities or voids etc might not be noticeable, under the kitchen unit, it probably will be. Deodorizers could be an option but removing the carcass is the best solution if practical.
If you can’t face picking up a dead mouse, you’re not alone there and we don’t want it to become a problem to you. Let us know and we’ll pop along.
What do you think of Ultra-Sonic mouse control systems?
There are many different varieties available to buy and they do disturb mice however manufacturers/distributors will (or should) tell you that they don’t warrant them for use on their own to get rid of an actual mouse infestation.
This is because if a family of mice have found good shelter and a readily available food source, they will more than likely learn to ignore the annoying noises made by the Ultrasonic machines because, like all wild animals, nothing is more important to them than food and makin’ babies.
Our Residential Mouse Control Service
Available 6 days a week standard.
Same or next day visit latest
Early evening appointments by arrangement at no extra cost
Contracts not necessary – One-off treatments consisting of usually three visits over a three week period with advice and recommendations is the norm.
A small amount of toxic, non-spill bait is placed in tamper-proof plastic mouse boxes for the mice to eat. It takes effect quite quickly but always after its been consumed so the mice don’t associate the bait with feeling ill and has time to return to its nest.
These boxes are placed in discrete locations and are designed so that children and pets can’t reach the bait. (Hamsters and pet mice should not be let loose while baits are in place).
Part of our service is to help you stop mice returning so we’ll advise on proofing, cleaning/clearance and repair needs. Minor and/or temporary proofing such as gaps around pipes, small holes in walls etc, we’ll carry out during our final visit.