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About Mice & Rats

Mouse Facts

In the UK the mice most likely to be considered pests are the House Mouse, Field Mouse and the Yellow Necked Field Mouse.  Amazing little animals considered 'cute' by many... until the damage is done!  Interesting mice facts follow.
  • The flexible skeleton of a mouse enables it to squeeze through tiny gaps. A gap under a door the thickness of a pencil is no problem to a mouse.

  • With poor eyesight mice depend on their sense of touch and smell to explore. As they move they leave a urine trail which helps them and other rodents navigate around your home and property.

  • Though a mouse can survive on as little as 3 grams of food per day a well fed mouse can produce up to 80 droppings in 24 hours. At it's maximum life expectancy one mouse will produce 87,000 little parcels of bacteria and disease.

  • A healthy pair of mice can produce 2,000 offspring... in a year.
 Looking to humanely catch and release or eradicate?  Follow this link for mice traps, mouse poison, mice bait.

Rat Facts

Most common in and around UK homes is the Norway Rat (also known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat).  The Black Rat which is less common in the UK than previous years is also known as Ship, Wharf and Sewer rat.
  • Brown rats are strong.  As excellent climbers they can scale brick walls, climb along pipes and traverse suspended cables.  They can also jump ½ of a meter straight up from a standing start and can jump a distance of well over a meter across.

  • Brown rats are excellent diggers. Often a property will have a network of tunnels and access points (check under hedges, sheds, shrubs etc for holes).

  • Rats have amazing stamina and can swim/tread water for days.

  • Rats have excellent memories. Rats rely heavily on memory to navigate their environment.  They are also naturally very wary and will avoid any new objects or disturbed areas for days, even weeks.  This is known as neophobia.  Do not be instantly deterred if you do not catch a rat in a trap straight away.

  • Rats have amazing teeth and strong jaws.  A rat's incisor teeth grow up to 5" every year and are strong enough to chew through cabling, plastic pipes, wood and even cinder block (hence the gnawing sounds and damage to property). Their jaws/teeth can exert a massive 3000Kg per square inch.

  • Rats, like mice, use urine to mark navigation trails.  Each rat will produce up to 40 droppings per day, approximately 22,000 droppings in a single adult lifespan

  • In a typical 18 month life cycle a female rat will give birth to about 100 young; 8-10 in a litter, 7 litters per year

Mouse Traps, Mouse Baits, Mouse Poisons, Controlling Mice

Traditional/conventional break-back traps that provide a quick, easy and efficient method for controlling infestation by mice.