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Diseases and Parasites Carried and Spread by House Mice:
Diseases carried by mice in Bristol might include:
> Salmonella - Severe and sometimes fatal food poisoning - especially if pregnant or convalescing.
> Hymenolopis - Tape worms could be passed to you, by accidentally eating mouse droppings.
> Leptospirosis - Weil's disease - a notifiable disease, leading to multi-organ failure and death.
> Favus - This frightening, fungal disease of the skin is spread by mice worldwide.
> Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis - Viral Meningitis that starts of innocently like flue.
> Plague - Very rare in this country, but cannot be excluded from thought
How Mice Spread Diseases and Parasites:
> Biting - you, your children, family, pets or livestock
> Urine & Droppings - Infecting your groceries and work surfaces with urine and up to 50 droppings each per night
> Being eaten - by your pets
> Contaminating - pets and your pets food and water
> Spreading - blood sucking parasites like fleas and mites
> Contaminating - water supplies especially where they fall into water tanks
Eliminate The Mice In Your Home & Business TODAY!
Bristol Mouse Control: No matter how bad your problem is, we will help you solve it, FAST
Your Bristol Mouse Control Service, owes it's outstanding success and popularity to the experience of our experts. When it comes to mouse control, nothing matches the trained eye of a professional pest controller for a swift and humane end to a mouse infestation.
Catching mice humanely in traps that are correctly baited and placed, will prove effective in small populations and the bait you can buy will be more or less effective, but if a population is large, you should definitely consider our professional help, to bring this level of health risk under control fast.
Consequences of Ignoring Problem Mice:
Left unchecked the number of these common house mice in your home, loft and shed etc, is going to soar - causing thousands of pounds of damage to both food stocks and other valuable items.
Mice often create nests inside bags and boxes that contain precious items like wedding dresses, soft toys, books and photo albums that will stink of vermin urine and be covered and stained with sticky droppings.
They will turn these items into confetti for nesting material.
For years an infestation of mice often does do this without us discovering the damage being done.
Only when we come to remove a box from a garage or loft containing an important item like a wedding dress or blanket do we experience the worn and frayed remains of whatever the item used to be, stinking of rodent excrement and resembling nothing more than confetti.
Facts About House Mice:
The House Mouse (Mus musculus) is about the most abundant species of rodent found in and around Bristol.
It is described as commensal, so lives closely with humans, causing damage to property, consumption and contamination of food stocks and of course carries serious diseases that represent a significant risk to your health and that of your family and pets.
Like rats, this species of mouse began life in far off lands and arrived here at some point over the last 10000 years thanks to human population migration. Mice do not do well where rats are present, who out-compete and eat them.
The Most important thing to remember is that as a simple rule - a mouse could get through a hole the size of your little finger and a rat can get through a hole the size of your thumb - not very precise but you get the idea!
House Mouse Identification:
These are after all wild animals and in nature nothing is always what it should be, so take these details as a guide to what you might find, so factor in considerations such as temperature, feed availability, competition and available nesting places.
The Key Features Of A Common House Mouse (Mus musculus)
Diseases Carried Include: Bubonic plague, Typhus and Weil's disease are among the best known.
Life Span: 18 Months
Length (body only): 15 - 20 cm (body only) - up to 45cm including tail
Colour: black, grey
Sexual Maturity: 1 month
Gestation Period: 19 days
Number of litters: 8 per year
Number of young: 6 - 8 per litter
Diet: They are Omnivores, feeding on almost anything.
Daily Food: 2.8g
Daily water intake: 1.5ml
It's worth noting that variations in these figures should be considered as nature has a habit of surprising us. Size, colour etc are always subject to local variations based on factors that include food availability, climate and environment.
Damage & The Risks Caused By Mice:
Search online and it does not take long to find numerous examples of serious fires started by mice etc, and the damage to electrical and water services that they cause. It's estimated that a 10 - 40% of all internal premises fires with no obvious cause are started by rodents.
The damage is also caused by the urine and faeces that litter infested areas and contaminate huge areas with pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms that can also become airborne, leading to respiratory illness and disease.
Your Kitchen is particularly at risk as mice are skilled climbers and will access and contaminate food preparation surfaces and storage areas - sometimes with grave consequences.
it is no surprise then that rodent infestations are the leading cause of restaurant closures by environmental health departments throughout the UK.
Q: What other Ways Can You Help Me?
The Bristol Rat Company has qualified electricians who can inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity.
We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.
Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a major hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury. We have qualified Plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.
Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections
Very often the rodent problems we see are a result of rats getting into property through damaged, faulty or badly designed sewer systems.
We also have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of the sewer system and drainage of the property. Where damage is found we will carry out remediation work to protect the property.
Insulation is one of the most significant areas of contamination risk and is regularly overlooked.
Rodents nest and live between layers, depositing huge quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect pests.
We are able to undertake a highly effective decontamination processes in place to ensure insulation is quickly and effectively replaced and surrounding surfaces fully disinfected with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.
We also use the of WaspKill UK Pest Control, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.
We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment.
You can be assured that we understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.
Simon Berenyi is head of infection control operations and with fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services helps us stand apart from other providers as industry leaders.
Proofing is where we put in place effective barriers preventing rodents from accessing property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, store rooms, kitchens and the list goes on.
If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.