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Mice seek the same comforts we need to survive – food and water, shelter, and a place to breed. They are neophilic, which means it is in their nature to investigate new areas and objects in their environment. Dr. Andy Brigham, a rodent expert at Rentokil’s Global Science Centre says “through the very nature of our urban environment, such as cables, false ceilings and floors, we now make it even easier for mice to exploit our buildings and encourage their investigative behaviour to explore. We call this the ‘mouse motorway network’”.
This is part of their foraging strategy: they explore a large area, sampling anything that may be food as they roam, leaving a trail of contaminants behind (urine and droppings). If mice find moist foodstuff (containing as little as 15% water by weight) then they do not need to drink. These factors mean it requires very little to sustain a small mouse infestation.
With the approaching winter, exclude mice from your building, or at least make it difficult for them to spread from one area to another should they already be in the building. This is not an easy task because mice can squeeze through gaps or gnaw through most materials for entry. On-going research at Rentokil’s Global Science Centre5 has focused on experimenting with different options for proofing your premises against mice.
In exploring these different options, we have found some existing proofing methods to be less effective than widely believed:
However, research in our laboratories is on-going. Our extensive experience in rodent behaviour and biology helps Rentokil’s technicians to be the best pest controllers in Australia. Contact us today to find out which proofing methods we have found to be effective against mice.