What do mice eat in our homes?

Mice are sporadic eaters and only need 3 grams of food per day to survive. There is little point in asking what do mice eat as it can be pretty much anything. In the wild they would feed principally on seeds and cereals. But in our homes, they will make do with pretty much any thing. Rich fatty food, bread crumbs, pet food, crisps and chocolates will constitute a very favourable diet.

What is the key is the little food that the mice need. We had placed in many occasion wild life cameras in the home of our clients. The surprising scenes was being them coming out for 5-10 minutes at a time a number of times every night. In some instance they would be alone, in other instance they would be three. We would also see them licking the grout between tiles.

Over the years we came across mice jumping out of a toaster, found pet food hoarded at the back of the fridge. A strong mice infestation can only be sustained with a generous supply of food. We visited some very clean flats with the strongest mice infestation that actually had been feeding relentlessly from a bag of dog food left unattended in the cupboard under the staircase.

Similar scenarios happened around a large bag of rice at the bottom of a kitchen unit, a large bag of lawn seeds in the roof space, biscuits packs that had fallen at the back of the cupboards, and also under the bed of a tenant where she stored her supply of chocolates and sweets. In each instances, it involved the tenants overlooking their food being attacked by mice over a very large period of time.

The telltale signs are the mice droppings that normally can be found on the surfaces. When the mice infestation is strong, you can often start seeing smear marks marking the way they travel. Also packaging debris or crumbs will fall on the floor. It is as many signs of mice infestation that given the opportunity we can easily recognise.

Whenever the packaging of some food has been breached, it should be disposed off. Mice are vectors of disease and it is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. As you realise for the first time that mice have been active in a certain area, you need to treat all the surfaces as contaminated. Sanitising all your belongings and cleaning any debris and droppings should be the first step. If you have mice somewhere it is because mice have a way to access it.

If you would replace your remaining food there, mice would keep on going unhindered. Ideally you would place your food in a cupboard that has no holes/gaps within or keep your stuff in sealed containers. Normally upper kitchen units are safer than bottom units. In the bottom units, you often have pipe work and cables getting through. In some instance, there are gaps between wood panels because of the way they are built.

Once, you secured your food supply, it doesn’t mean the mice will simply disappear. Mice travel 10-12 meters around their nests and they will keep on investigating your home for any debris they may find. Mice are simply relentless. There are a number of ways to deal with the mice. You can kill them, but eventually more mice will keep on coming. Ideally you would want to kill them before they can even reach you. But that would depend on your neighbours to do so.

Otherwise you would need to stop them from being able to get in by doing the full mouse proofing of your home. When we actually carry out a mouse treatment, we use food stuff or cereals that are mixed up with a slow active poison. It may seem counter-intuitive to give them a slow active poison, but that way they never associate the poison with what they actually ate. Also second generation anticoagulant bait do not cause acute pain. The mice gets weaker and eventually die where they spend most of their time, in their nests, in the void spaces.

Inoculand has been offering pest control in London for more than a decade. The people suffering most of mice activity are often neighbours of a flat that at the heart of the issue. But is is sometime difficult to get across certain people who for a number of reasons may not be on top of things. But the reality is that as long as they have mice, you will be affected. This is even more obvious if you are an upper floor flat. Mice do not fly.

And if the neighbours refuse to get treated or to sort themselves out, you will have to get on with the mouse proofing as the best way to put an end to your suffering. But even the proofing is not a magic bullet. Given enough time, mice will create new access point and break through eventually. But as and when it happens, we can carry out an emergency pest control London call out immediately and bring things back to normal again.