Evidence of mice
Black staining caused by fur rubbing on surfaces, droppings and gnaw marks.
Empty bins regularly, clear up spills immediately and seal cracks and holes around pipes and electrics.
Trap mice using bait. Traps should be placed where pets and children cannot touch them and should be checked regularly.
More about mice
House mice can squeeze through very small openings and live and breed under floors, in cavity walls, ceiling voids and behind skirting boards. They can damage homes by gnawing, for example if mice chew through wiring there is a risk of fire or electrocution. Mice can contaminate food and surfaces by leaving urine, droppings and hair. They can also carry infectious diseases, so it is important to treat infestations as soon as possible.
House mice thrive in the home, particularly in dirty or unhygienic areas. They are usually light or dark grey and adults can be 7 to 9cm long (not including the tail).
Wood mice live in hedgerows, river banks and woods but may enter buildings in rural areas during the autumn. Orange-brown and white underneath, adults are 8 to 13cm long (not including the tail).