Expert Mice & Rodent Control Services in Reading & Henley-on-Thames

House Mice

Mice are accomplished climbers and can squeeze through very small gaps under doors and in the fabric of buildings. They can also cause serious damage to property through their constant gnawing. As well as damaging consumable and non-consumable goods they can also cause fires or flooding by gnawing through electrical cables and water pipes.

The house mouse, is commonly found in buildings seeking warmth and shelter for nesting and food, infestations develop very quickly.

Type of Mouse

As it is much smaller, the House mouse should not be confused with the Norway rat. However, the house mouse (Mus domesticus) may be confused with three other species of mouse found in Britain, the wood mouse or long-tailed field mouse (Adopemus sylvaticus), the yellow-necked field mouse (Adopemus flavicollis) and the harvest mouse (Micromys minutus). Both species of Adopemus look similar to the house mouse but instead prefer to live out of doors. They do enter houses, but can more commonly be found in sheds, garages and outhouses. They will cause similar damage to House mice.

Mice are erratic and sporadic feeders, tending to sample many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one source. Mice can survive on a relatively poor diet and can survive without a free source of water often gaining enough moisture from the food they eat.

Mice are prolific breeders. In optimum conditions the female house mouse can become sexually mature at only six weeks old with gestation lasting between 19 and 21 days, the average litter size is 4 to 8 offspring. Mating is possible almost immediately after the birth of each litter and in ideal conditions the female can give birth to a litter about every 25 days, therefore about 6 to 8 litters per year. House mice can live for over two years if conditions are favourable, though their average life span is approximately ten months.

Mice Diseases

Mice carry pathogenic (harmful) organisms such as Salmonella bacteria which when deposited on food preparation surfaces or on food itself can cause food poisoning.

Call Vermatech today to arrange an appointment for our standard domestic 3 visit mouse treatment (N.B. due to the nature and complexity of rodent control the number of additional site visits may be more than 3 but these will be agreed by the customer and are chargeable). We will provide advice and recommendations, if any, regarding proofing or environmental issues prevention is better than cure.

All works carried out will be undertaken by fully qualified, professional technicians trained to RSPH Level 2 or equivalent. We adhere and comply to Wildlife Aware, CRRU’s Code of Best Practice to protect the environment and the non-target species that live in it.

Eliminating established rodent infestations takes time and treatments are often the beginning of a complex process to eliminating the causes of infestation.

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Common Insects and Rodents

Below are a list of some of the more typical rodents and insects we provide pest control for.

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Rats

There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.

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Mice

The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse are found in buildings as they seek the warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food.

Squirrels

Grey Squirrels

Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century, the grey squirrel has spread throughout most of mainland England & Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a typical resident of urban parks and gardens.

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches are distinguished by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. There are two main species of cockroach in Britain the German and Oriental Cockroaches.

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Fleas

The most common species of Flea is the Cat Flea, known for readily biting humans. The Bird Flea are next in importance, followed by dog fleas, although other species may become temporarily attached to dogs.

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Wasps & Hornets

If you are seeing a large number of wasps or hornets in and around your home or work, there’s probably a wasps’ nest or a attractant nearby.

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Cluster Flies

Are found in numerous locations during Autumn to Spring, but usually in lofts, window frames including sash windows and timber cladding.

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Ants

The commonest species of ant that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger). Black garden ants are not vectors of disease, however they can become a nuisance by way of their foraging behaviour.

What Our Clients Say

Miss W

Reading

From the point I first made contact with Vermatech after finding mice in my house, through to each of the three visits from the amazing Colin I can't fault the work done by Vermatech and the way in which they put me at ease. I thoroughly recommend them as a company and wouldn't hesitate to use them again if the need arose. The reassurance given gave me great peace of mind and I've not had any subsequent unwelcomed visitors since Vermatech did their three visits. Big thanks to Colin and the very helpful lady who took my initial call, you are both stars in my eyes. Thank you.

Contact us today for a quote

Call us on 01491 628 200 for a quote, our prices are based on whether it’s a one-off visit or you require a course if visits.

You can’t go wrong with our reasonable price structure, alongside top-quality pest control services with no hidden charges.