Did you know? Mice can squeeze under the narrowest gaps - like your front door. Watch our video to see the scary truth.
In one of my previous blogs, “Did you know? Mice and rats are extremely resilient” I looked at the biology of rats and what makes them so resilient and capable of invading our homes or businesses. In the blog I briefly touched on how mice can squeeze through the smallest spaces to enter your premises.
What we learned is that mice possess a unique set of bodily characteristics that enable them to access almost any space: they have flexible skeletons so they can squeeze through a gap as small as 6mm. Once they fit through a gap with their head you can be assured that it won't be much of a problem for the rest of their body to fit through as well.
Mice are burrowing animals, a trait they need to survive in the wild. There they would burrow tight tunnels underground, in which they would nest for protection, often burrowing exit routes for quick escapes. Their ribs have a greater capacity to flex than most other mammals, which enables them to flatten themselves temporarily to squeeze through narrow gaps. In the video below we illustrate how they use this trait to invade our premises.
To prevent rodents from occurring in your home or business we recommend filling all cracks around the building, installing strong wires mesh over holes that can’t be closed, and ensuring that your doors don’t have any gaps below. Additionally, be mindful of open windows as mice can scale walls and enter through windows when seeking shelter or food.
Are you wondering if your premises or home is really rodent-proof this winter? Download our Rodent Prevention Guide.
We advise a professional pest control service provider with the technical expertise to help identify and solve your pest problem. For more information on why getting professional pest control services is essential, read our blog: 3 Reasons Why Pest Control Will Always Be An Essential Service.
With ongoing training for technicians and the latest technology, treatments, and innovation, Rentokil is in the best position to be able to offer you the most efficient services to control rats and mice. Contact us today about your pest control needs, or to book a free pest risk survey.