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Lifecycle of Mice

Mice are prolific breeders. Reaching sexual maturity at just 4-7 weeks and giving birth to 10-12 pups, mice can have up to 15 litters per year. Without effective pest control in place—whether through mouse traps or bait stations—a small infestation can quickly turn into a dangerous mouse plague.

Small mice eating a chocolate donut

Left unattended, mice can breed very quickly and cause havoc.

Mice Infestation: Common Habits

Mice are nocturnal creatures and like to nest in safe, quiet places. In your home, they will often find their way into old furniture, under floorboards, in boxes, and in your attic or roof space.
They shred soft materials such as paper and cardboard for nesting material and will climb high in search of places to shelter. Together, these behaviours make mice hard to spot—and even harder to catch.

Dangers of Mice

Good sanitation is critical when it comes to keeping a safe, rodent-free environment. After all, mice will enter your home looking for shelter and an easy food source. If they get their wish, they can quickly contaminate your kitchen, ruining food and potentially spreading harmful diseases.
To prevent infestations, all food sources should be stored in rodent-safe containers (preferably in its original food packaging), kitchen surfaces should be cleaned regularly, and any potential entry points should be sealed up.

Direct Diseases Mice Carry

If you find yourself with a rodent issue, it’s important to deal with it quickly to help prevent the spread of diseases.
Mice carry a number of infections that can spread to humans through direct contact—i.e. being bitten or scratched, breathing in contaminated air, touching contaminated materials and then touching eyes, or eating contaminated food. These include:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Lassa Fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Monkeypox
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection
  • Rat bite fever
  • Gastrointestinal infections (salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis and cryptosporidiosis)
photo of a mouse eating crumbs

Ensure your food is kept well contained, as mice can easily contaminate food that is left unattended.

Indirect Disease Transmission

Secondary poisoning is also possible from mice, which is when diseases spread from rodents to people through indirect contact. This can happen if you are bitten by ticks, mites, fleas, or mosquitos that have fed on infected rodents.

These diseases include:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Angiostrongylus
  • Babesiosis
  • Borreliosis
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Eastern equine encephalitis
  • Flea-borne (Murine) Typhus
  • Hymenolepis diminuta
  • La Crosse virus
  • Moniliformis moniliformis
  • Plague
  • Powassan virus
  • Rickettsialpox
  • Scrub typhus
  • Tick-borne Relapsing Fever
  • Tularemia
  • West Nile virus

How to Detect Mice Infestations

If you have mice on your property, their presence will soon become obvious.

You’ll often hear them before you see them, so listen out for scuttling, scratching, or gnawing noises—especially if they’re behind your walls or in your roof space.

Damage caused by Mice

Gnaw marks on furniture and wiring
Mice and rats leave visible signs of a visit, so look out for brown rub marks on walls, rodent droppings, or gnawing marks on any wood or plastic items.

Their excessive gnawing, which is done to prevent their incisors from growing too long, can lead to extensive damage to your home. In the worst cases, they can cause fires by damaging electrical wiring.

Chew marks on food packages

Mice will move into your home looking for an easy meal. You’ll soon notice if these little pests are active in your kitchen through chew marks or holes on food packaging. This is why we suggest storing food in airtight, mouse-proof containers (e.g. tupperware boxes).


With a mouse infestation comes droppings and urine. These are commonly found in your attic, walls, cabinets, and other dark, enclosed spaces—which can soon create a pungent, musky smell if not dealt with quickly.

How Bug Busters Rodent Treatments Can Fix Your Mouse Infestation

Our rodent pest control experts have the knowledge, skills, and experience to quickly get rid of any unwanted rats and mice from your property.

The key to effective pest control is understanding what’s causing the issue, and then how big the problem is. Based on this info, we create tailored plans to remove unwanted guests before securing your property. We will also secure any exterior openings at your property to prevent rodent access in the future.

We use a combination of techniques—including bait stations and traps (snap traps and catch and release traps—to ensure effective elimination of rodents from your property.

We will then provide expert sanitation and property maintenance advice to help you prevent future issues.

Once we’ve done the initial inspection and carried out the proposed treatment plan, we can also offer routine ongoing maintenance every 3-6 months to prevent future issues.

If you suspect you have a mice infestation—and for more information about our mouse control and rat control services—reach out to our friendly team today.

How Much Does Mice Control Cost?

At Bug Busters, we provide a once-off mice control service with a 3-month guarantee, starting at $165.

This includes an inspection to determine the cause of the problem and then a plan and execution to resolve the problem.

Additionally, we also offer routine maintenance every 3-6 months to prevent further issues. 

What our Clients say

We had an appointment scheduled very quickly and easily with Bug Busters. Aaron was on time and a true professional. He was knowledgable, open, and explained the whole process easily and clearly. Gave us a guarantee that our problems would be solved and if there were any future issues he would attend to them himself with the utmost expedience. Aaron was a real pleasure to work with and i feel significantly more comfortable after working with him. Would recommend their services to anyone who needed them.

Chey Bowers

I found the young man named Deryn who came to deal with our rodent problem to be extremely polite, personable and knowledgeable. He was on time and friendly and knew a lot about the behaviours of the rat species. I would highly recommend Bug busters and will definately them for future pest problems when they arise.

Sarah Garrett

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