29 November 2017

Pest advice for controlling Field Mice

Outdoor cousins of the House Mouse, which tend to move indoors in the winter seeking their creature comforts. The Wood Mouse or Long-Tailed Field Mouse has larger ears, more prominent eyes and a longer tail than the House Mouse and is brownish with a white underside. They are fond of apples but will eat almost any stored food.

Field Mouse 2How to get rid of Field Mice

It is important to get rid of Field Mice quickly, as they are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly - this combination can make mouse control a difficult task for the untrained individual. For any mouse infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA. They are trained in mouse control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.

If you decide to carry out the work yourself, then you can try to proof your property by covering any access points that field mice might be coming in from. Due to their habits, traditional baiting techniques and trapping frequently do not work, and a combination of rodenticides may be necessary.

For more information also see Mice.

Important: Make sure you use suitably labelled proprietary rodenticide.

Field Mouse 1An alternative to using poisons are break-back traps. You may catch mice if baited with nutty chocolate, raisins or similar attractive food and placed close to signs of mouse activity. Ironically, cheese is a comparatively poor mouse-baiter. Place traps close to, and at right angles to, walls so the treadle may be activated from either direction. When putting poison or traps, make sure they are in a safe and secure place out of reach of children and pets.

WARNING: When using rodenticides always follow the instructions on the label, and importantly search for and dispose of any dead mice in a safe manner.

Also, blocking visible holes of entry as much possible will help to prevent a problem.

Having problems with Field Mice?

Use a trained professional pest controller.

Search for your local BPCA member

Source: A-Z