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Anything! They may prefer cereal based foodstuffs, but they will try anything.
Abundance of food and opportunities to find places to shelter and to explore.
Proof them out! Find any potential entry points - mice can squeeze under a gap 1cm high by 2cm wide. Electronic repellers are of dubious value and your cat may be bring in as many live mice as dead ones.
Mice generally have a lifespan of up to around 18 months. Probably less than a year in the wild.
Mice can give birth when they are two months old and can have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Between 3 to 16 pups per litter — with 1-2 months between litters.
Anything they pick up from their environment, including food poisoning organisms (eg e coli, salmonella). In some countries they may carry diseases such as hantavirus and Lyme disease.
Through any hole they can squeeze through including, potentially, roof eaves. Or brought in live by the cat!
A 0.6cm gap is enough for a mouse. Proofing your home, by sealing gaps, plays a critical role in helping to deter mice and prevent a possible infestation.
You can get rid of mice by using mouse traps. Professional solutions offer the most efficient way to control and keep mice away.
They will come out to feed and to explore, and that's when to bait / trap them. A professional may have other tools that they can use inside the walls, but these are specialist materials and not available to the public.
Rodenticide bait — prebaited inside containers to prevent consumption by children or pets. Placed where the mice are running — usually behind or under furniture or cabinets. If you want to kill them more swiftly you can use snap traps, but make sure they are placed where they cannot cause any harm. Live traps can also be used, but you are responsible for checking them and releasing trapped mice before they die — and beware they might come straight back! Or you could hire a professional to come sort out the problem for you.
There are many species of 'field mouse'. Mostly on crops and berries and other items in the Summer.
You can't — you have to proof them out.
Place traps where mice are running behind or under furniture or cabinets, to intercept their path. Almost any food can be used as bait, but chocolate, peanut butter, jam should work quite well.
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