Mice represent a hygienic risk and can be a risk to your health, especially in the house and in your surroundings. Due to the ideal living conditions in the cities the common mouse and shrew can reproduce without difficulty. The waste on the streets and in our backyards creates an endless supply of food and buildings, houses, garages and sheds a warm a dry accommodation. Many people think of mice as cute and harmless animals and forget how unhygienic they can be and what problems can be caused. Mice can transfer dangerous diseases, especially virulent diseases. The most common virus transferred by mice is the salmonella which triggers the so-called Weil’s disease, causing intensive sickness and very often damage to the kidneys. The virus for this disease is found in the faeces of the mice. If a mouse is spotted in the house then a hygienic problem arises as mice defecate and urinate constantly wherever they go. Humans living in houses infested by mice have a high risk of falling ill. Other, most annoying symptoms of mouse infestation, are half eaten food or leftovers lying around the place and scratching sounds, especially in places where they like to nest, like the attic or in the basement. You can now either try to catch the mice, which is extremely difficult, or you can drive them out by making their living area uncomfortable and unattractive.
The appearance of the mouse.
The mouse has a fur ranging from brown to grey without any markings. The belly of the mouse is usually lighter than the top coat. The body of the mouse is between 7-10 cm long and the tail is as long as the body, only slightly covered with fur and with ring like markings. The weight of the mouse is approximately 20 to 25 g.
The habitats of the mouse.
The Central European mouse has expanded its habitat into our cities. In contrast to the long tailed field mouse or the shrew, the common mouse will also feel at home in houses, sheds or farms. In this environment the sources of food and the options of shelter are easily available making our towns and ideal home for mice. The more food and shelter available, the fewer predators such as cats, the greater the number of mice in the area. Mice will set up their home as close as possible to the source of food. They like to settle in an area and will not leave it, even if the environment changes.
The mating of the mouse.
The reproduction rate of the mouse can be compared to that of the rat. Already 10 to 12 weeks after birth the mouse is sexually mature. The young are born approximately 24 days after mating. The number of new born can vary between 4 to 8. As mice can have a new litter up to 8 times a year it is quite possible that a pair of mice can produce up to 1,000,000 relatives within two years if all were to survive. If mice are detected in or around your home, fast action is therefore essential. The newborn mouse might be a small, sweet animal but within a few weeks it will be grown up and reproductive.
Damage caused by mice.
If an area is infested by mice, considerable damage can be caused in the house and in the garden. The rodents liked to chew power cords often causing short-circuits and at times fires. The mouse will nibble at anything, edible or non-edible causing damage and leaving a mess. In addition, the mouse droppings left behind in the house cause a stinging stench. To counteract the damage caused by mice we recommend the Gardigo Mouse Repellent products which will drive the mice out of your house effectively and permanently. The Mouse Repellent Plug, the Anti-Mouse device, the Ultrasonic XL 2000, the Dual Mouse and Ant Repellent, the Vario Protection 3-in-1 and the Vario Protection 3-in-1, Solar are all devices using ultrasonic frequencies and driving away mice by making their life extremely uncomfortable.