img.src = this.src; You should focus on low level gaps first as these are the most likely areas for mice to enter. Dormice require a variety of food through the year. img.src = this.src; img = new Image, They are even known as meadow mice or field mice. $img.css('display', ''); Place traps close to, and at right angles to, walls so the treadle may be activated from either direction. Does the Vole Make a Good Pet. // get the images of the gallery and replace it by a canvas of the same size to fix the problem with overlapping images on load. If conditions are suitable this can be one of our commonest small mammals and an important food for birds of prey, owls and foxes. Set conventional or live mousetraps along the walls, then cross your fingers. As the name suggests these have a yellow/ginger band of fur under the neck. $canvas.remove(); North Dakota State University Extension; What's With All the Tunnels in My Yard? This email address is being protected from spambots. These foods serve as baits to attract the voles. Voles or Mice? They weigh less than 25g, and their fur colour is uniformly light brown and grey, right down to the tail which has sparse hairs on it. Juveniles are greyer overall, still with larger ears, hind feet and tails than house mice. If you see a critter running around in your house, it’s more likely to be a mouse. They are about the same size and have the same color of fur, but it is possible to tell the difference between a vole and a mouse. We’ll start with the most likely candidates. Hold a cardboard box upside down and place it over each trap. return; ; Kurt Froelich. A BPCA member company will be able to treat infestations quickly and safely. Unless you see this band though it is difficult to separate the two species. They are trained in mouse control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public. setTimeout(function(){ release(); }, 1000); The house mouse has a typical mouse profile: small feet with big eyes and thinly-haired ears, and a pointed snout with thin whiskers. $img.css('display', ''); // get the images of the gallery and replace it by a canvas of the same size to fix the problem with overlapping images on load. For any house mouse infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company. }; (Photo courtesy of flickr) Voles: Voles have rounded ears and face, with a short tail. $img.css('display', 'none').after($canvas); Also known as field mice, voles usually invade the yard and damage vegetation. release = function(){}; Place the traps where you have seen the voles before, preferably perpendicular to the runways they commonly use. University of California Davis; Voles; T.P. })(jQuery); (function($){ $img.css('display', 'none').after($canvas); Dormice, like harvest mice are expert climbers though typically preferring woodland and scrub. Keeping in mind that voles are relatives of mice, one can use simple mouse traps to catch them. }); $img.css('display', 'none').after($canvas); House mice, which look like voles, are more likely to invade homes. })(jQuery); Sometimes also called the (long-tailed) field mouse, this is the commonest and most widespread UK mouse species. Like the other species of mice, wood mice have large ears, eyes and long tails. Learn pest management from industry professionals with a training course or qualification from BPCA. } img = new Image, release = function() { var $img = $(this); img = new Image, It is important to get rid of mice quickly, as mice are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly - this combination can make mouse control a difficult task for the untrained individual. } WARNING: When using rodenticides always follow the instructions on the label, and importantly search for and dispose of any dead rodents in a safe manner. Be a part of the UK's leading trade association for the pest control industry. Although it is not recommended to tackle these pests yourself, if you decide to give it a go then you must take all necessary precautions to ensure you do not cause collateral damage or suffer personal injury. }; They are similar in size to a wood mouse but with far less pronounced ears and eyes. You can find out more about mice, their biology and behaviour, and how to control them in our ultimate A-Z guide. House mice are small mammals of the order Rodentia. For any mouse infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company through BPCA. Occasionally, voles eat snails, insects and animal remains. It is common knowledge in the pest control industry that almost all house mouse populations in London (and possibly other cities) are resistant to traditional rodenticides. And keep those pegs handy - they have a really distinctive, strong smell so you’ll know if you have a large infestation of these unwanted guests. Also known as field mice, voles usually invade the yard and damage vegetation. House mice are a part of British wildlife - but when they take up residence with you, they can be a cause for concern. The best outcome for you and the vole, however, is for the little varmint to vamoose through the door you left open. Common or hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius). img.src = this.src; Their body length ranges between 60-90mm, and the tail generally equals the length of its body, adding another 90mm. $(img).on('load', function(){ release(); }); Almost entirely nocturnal, you would be even more lucky to see a dormouse though they are more widespread than is often imagined. Voles have reddish brown and black bodies with a gray underside. To accept and hide this message click the cross on the right. Stay up to date with the British pest management sector and join our free Affiliate Scheme. They are found in various habitats including woodland and scrub. Living alongside people they are usually encountered in urban and semi urban habitats. For more information on what cookies are and how you can manage and remove them click here. They use tunnels through long grasses to avoid predators and feed on grass roots and seeds. Active all year round, mice are one of the most common pest species in the UK. You can find a BPCA member, local to you, using our Find a pest controller tool. As such, they rarely enter the house. They will often venture into gardens in search of easy pickings and will even come into buildings if food is available. }; if (this.width == 'auto' || this.height == 'auto' || !$img.is(':visible')) { These gorgeous little creatures are common and widespread in the UK. They are very shy and unlikely to be found on the ground or in the open. Remaining water voles can be found in lakes, rivers and canals where marginal vegetation allows them to thrive. release = function(){}; Occasionally, voles eat snails, insects and animal remains. A mouse sized rat would almost certainly have mum nearby (she's in the background of this picture). var $canvas = $('').attr({width:$img.attr('width'), height:$img.attr('height')}), Loss and degradation of wetland habitat and the expansion of the non native American mink has seen many colonies wiped out. They also have large back feet that they use to jump great heights and if disturbed will often bound away. setTimeout(function(){ release(); }, 1000); })(jQuery); (function($){ $img.css('display', ''); $canvas.remove(); Rats do swim and even dive but a good view would show the large ears and body length tail. Proofing all means of entry as much as possible will help to prevent an infestation. Prevention is better than cure, so let’s take a look at how we can accomplish that. A pest professional will have access to monitoring equipment, which they will use to confirm entry points into your property, the size of the infestation and to track the mouse to its harbourage (nest). House mice are a part of British wildlife - but when they take up residence with you, they can be a cause for concern. Another notable feature is the dark dorsal stripe down the back which is lacking in voles and house mice. Additionally, thought needs to be taken when placing poison or traps to ensure they are in a safe and secure place out of reach of non target animals, children and pets. BPCA catalogue of the most common public health and nuisance pests, 4A Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8GX. $canvas.remove(); setTimeout(function(){ release(); }, 1000);