Females produce litters of four to eight young up to six times in one year. Despite being one of our most common woodland mammals, the small, sweet and secretive wood mouse is hard to spot. 2296645), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woodland Trust. Finding a pest controller to get rid of field mice, British and European Standard for Pest Management, BS EN 16636, Remove potential nesting sites by keeping gardens clean and tidy, cutting back overgrown areas and clearing any piles of wood/debris, Cover any household waste where mice can get access to it, close dustbin lids and cover compost heaps, Store food in airtight containers and make sure any food debris is cleaned up straight away. They can then recommend a proofing strategy and decide on the best course of action in terms of control; this could be traps, rodenticides or a combination of both. Registered in England No. The true field mouse is the Long Tailed Field Mouse, or Wood Mouse and it is one of our most endearing / or terrifying animals depending on your point of view. As they scurry around, they carry dirt and bacteria with them, transferring it to your counter tops, cabinets, pantry and anywhere else they travel. Wood mice have golden-brown fur and large button eyes and ears. Agile, alert and rarely seen. They are an important food source for many predators, including weasels, stoats, foxes, owls and kestrels. This short parenthood period means that wood mice can reproduce several times per year. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. We audit all our members to the British and European Standard for Pest Management, BS EN 16636. As shown in the above picture, they have a dark brown fur with enormous eyes and ears for their size. 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. Install door sweeps or door brush strip on exterior doors, if the gap is larger than 4mm. Sleepy, charming, undeniably cute. Mice have a need to mark their territory with their urine and due to their sporadic eating habits, build nests near food sources. Scientific name: Apodemus sylvaticus. It does however provide a vital food source for many of the UK’s carnivorous creatures as well as being a major pest. Wood mice have brown fur with pale underparts, large black eyes, big ears and a long, hairless tail. They feast on nuts, seeds and invertebrates and are an important food source for larger mammals and birds of prey. The true field mouse is the Long Tailed Field Mouse, or Wood Mouse and it is one of our most endearing / or terrifying animals depending on your point of view. A non-profit-making company limited by guarantee. Check around pipes and windows, and double check the basement. They can be tricky to spot during the day: they're lightning quick and are nocturnal. Learn pest management from industry professionals with a training course or qualification from BPCA. You can find a BPCA member, local to you, using our Find a pest controller tool. What do wood mice look like? Wood mice can shed the skin on their tail in a bid to escape predators. Wood mice are primarily nocturnal and prefer to stick to dense cover, making them hard to see. They sleep in burrows when it's light and venture out to forage during the evenings. Habitat: broadleaf and mixed woodland, grassland, farmland, hedgerows. Over 70 species found in the UK, from all the native trees to the common non-natives. Professional pest controllers will take an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to tackling your infestation. A field mouse has sandy brown fur with a lighter underside. For the best chance of seeing a wood mouse, be as quiet as possible and watch sources of possible food, such as fruit and nuts. You can then consider any higher up vents or gaps. The Wood Mouse will live just about anywhere there is food and shelter. It tends to have a short life in the wild as so many different creatures prey on them, with an average age between 6 and 12 months, although they live longer in captivity and when conditions are favourable. 4A Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8GX. Bank voles have noticeably smaller eyes and ears, as well as a shorter, hairy tail. As the name suggests, wood mice live in woodland, but they will occupy a wide variety of habitats including farmland, parks and gardens. Wood mice are omnivores. Help us get 50 million trees in the ground. Be a part of the UK's leading trade association for the pest control industry. The yellow-necked mouse is only found in the mature and ancient woodlands of southern Britain.Learn about what they eat, how they breed and lots more. Where they are found Usually found in the fields, hedgerows and woods. Woodland Trust (Enterprises) Limited, registered in England (No. 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). Origin: native. A BPCA member company will be able to treat infestations quickly and safely. The BPCA catalogue of the most common public health and nuisance pests has been created to enable members of the public to make an educated choice when considering pest control. All rights reserved. They are trained in mouse control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.