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Mouse or no mouse… Part 2

Quick catch the mouse!As promised here is the update on the ‘is there a mouse in my house?’ situation. First of all, to address the burning question on everyone’s mind… was there a mouse? The answer is yes! Three of them.

 

Just after writing my previous post we decided to relocate the traps to underneath the oven and within three days we had caught three mice. At this point I became rather concerned and called in the experts…. RENTOKIL.

 

Prakash, a local surveyor, came and did a thorough investigation of our property and established there was nothing we were doing wrong, phew! There were no obvious holes, no obvious entry points; it wasn’t a hygiene issue, rather just one of those unfortunate things. It was suggested that this family of mice were probably just opportunists who slipped in via an open door when they had a chance. My fellow flatmates were relieved to hear this; however I doubt anyone was as pleased as me. I had envisioned hundreds of mice hiding throughout our house, breeding, feeding, taking over! To put my nightmare to rest was comforting to say the least. The surveyor gave us some advice, suggested we keep up with the traps and see what happens. It was basically a matter of getting rid of the few that were inside, rather than a mission to control a growing population.

 

We reset the mouse trap that night and caught nothing… A month later the trap is still set and there are no signs of mice. Perhaps those three little mice were a compact family. I’m glad we acted as we did, I really do believe had we left the problem any longer it could have very quickly got out of hand! We stopped the breeding cycle before it occurred and for that I am grateful.

 

I have not stopped being concerned just yet though… I hear the winter sends rodents looking for shelter indoors; in fact winter is the peak season for residential rodents in the UK. I think as long as we are aware, vigilant and quick to respond if we spot another mouse, hopefully we can slam the proverbial door shut before another mouse seeks our house.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Mice are vice. You did well to nip the mouse situation in the bud – they are profilic at pooing. NOT nice, especially if you have children who play on the floor, or pets who can tread it all over your house.

  2. Keith
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Not only the scary part, but they may damage food, cause disease and carry parasites. Always best to call in the Professionals.

  3. Posted November 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    We’d been wondering what the scratching noise was, coming from the ceiling of our lounge. The culprit was affectionately named ‘Michael Flatley’ due to the noise of the scittering footwork.

    Turns out Michael was in fact Michael x 10!

    Rentokil traps have successfully caught the blighters, sometimes more than one at a time….

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=7398388&l=3bde6e44ce&id=544953968

  4. paul
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Rats broke in to my house last January – talk about scary – it appears they came up the inside of the guttering down pipe – the down pipe runs directly into the sewer – poison in sewer sorted the problem and some netting in the top of the down pipe should stop a repeat. I’ve checked the sewer this week and they’re back in numbers – local council pest control now charge for each visit – so I’ll be purchasing my own rat poison to bait the sewer – what would you recommend ?

    Paul

  5. Kennedy
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Paul, Doesn’t sound like a very nice situation you have there! As with any pest control problem, we would definitely recommend a professional solution, especially when it comes to rats!
    We do offer a range of DIY products if you want to have a go yourself, perhaps our ‘rat killer’ may do the trick, I have included the link for you. http://www.rentokil.co.uk/residential-customers/diy-pest-control-products/rat-products/index.html.
    If that doesn’t prove successful, remember we offer a free pest control survey. Best of luck! Let me know how you get on!

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