Often, mice can be seen as harmless, cute and fluffy little creatures. After all, they’re often kept as pets and their diminutive size suggests that they couldn’t possibly cause any harm or damage.
Sadly, that’s not always true. In this blog post we answer some of the questions we’re most commonly asked: Are mice rodents? How do mice behave? How can I identify and treat a mouse infestation? What are the ethical questions around mice pest control?
The nature and behaviour of mice
Are mice rodents? The answer is yes – just like rats and squirrels, which can also sometimes be considered pests.
Not all mouse species are pests, though. Here are the most common mouse species found in the UK:
House mouse: As their name suggests, house mice tend to live in properties – although these properties can be commercial as well as residential. They are nocturnal and like living in proximity to humans because we provide not only shelter but inadvertently also food sources.
Field mouse: Field mice generally live in fields, but can also make their way inside properties. They are very timid and tend to make their homes underground where they can’t be eaten by birds like owls and falcons.
Harvest mouse: Small, with an average size of 6cm long, the harvest mouse likes its peace and quiet. They aren’t often found in properties, preferring grassy areas and fields.
Yellow-necked mouse: The yellow-necked mouse looks similar to a field mouse and can only be distinguished by its yellow neck. While they normally live in grassy areas and eat insects, nuts and seeds they also have a penchant for sugary food – which they may seek out at night time by entering homes and business properties.
When living outdoors, none of these mice generally prove problematic. When they make their way indoors, though, that’s when you may need to hire pest control services.