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Mice in the home can cause damage to electric cables and pipework and make food and surfaces unsafe.

They come into the home looking for warmth, shelter and food and get through very small gaps. The first signs can be their droppings which are similar in look and size to black grains of rice.

Action and treatment

To prevent the mice from getting into your home even the smallest hole needs to be filled.

To treat you can use mouse traps with bait such as chocolate, nuts or cereal however poison bait treatments tend to be more successful. Bait should be placed in bait containers which allow the entry of mice but no other animals. These can be bought from some shops and garden centres and should be placed at the back of cupboards, under floorboards or where the mice have been eating.

Professional treatment

The Council does not offer a pest control service however there are local and national companies that will provide treatment for a fee.