The Pests that Plague House Plants

The house mouse

The house mouse, as its name implies, has always felt happiest and safest in proximity to humans and their living spaces. These small furry creatures will often build nests before the cold winter months.  Mice love to play around house plants but they can cause a lot of damage to them.

The reason our homes provide such an excellent sanctuary for the house mouse is that we provide them with the four things they need to survive — warmth, food, water and house plants. These conditions allow the house mouse to breed comfortably. As many as ten litters of 8 per year, at the very prolific end.

Although the house mouse is not especially big ( 6 -10 cm from nose to tail), there are some important reasons you do not want these furry rodents making an abode with you, most importantly:

Contaminated food

Food contamination – Mice will find their way into your food stores with devilish cunning and perseverance. Food is contaminated with urine droppings and hairs.

Property Damage – mice can gnaw their way through, walls, house plants, floor boards and even electric wiring –this can cause extensive damage and even pose fire hazards.

Health risk – Salmonella, Typhoid Fever and Jaundice are all common illnesses associated with mice carriers.

Signs that the Could be a House Mouse in the House

If you are not sure if you are experiencing the results of an infestation, following are some telltale signs that can be easily observed:

Mouse Droppings
Mice leave signs of their presence wherever they go in small bits that closely resemble disfigured chocolate sprinkles. Look in the back of your food cupboards and pantry.


Mice eaten house plantIn order to build their nests, the house mouse will collect bits of shredded newspaper, stuffing from cushions and other soft materials. Look for evidence of nesting mice under couches, behind furniture and behind kitchen appliances.

Gnawing and Foraging
Mice gnaw at everything.   Look for teeth marks on the wires behind the fridge, on the food boxes or even on chair legs. Sometimes mice will chew the leaves of house plants.

Urine left by mice is strong and musty. If you smell a funk coming from closed up a room, better check for mice.

Scratching sounds
Enough to drive a cat crazy. You may hear mice before you ever see one.

Cats got the mouse

Don’t let their adorable looks and beady little eyes deceive you, they are cute but they can’t stay. Many solutions to ridding your home of this problem exist, conventional mouse traps can be especially effective. If you do not wish to deal with this yourself you could always call the experts at pest control East London.

Then, there are various poisons that you could lay around, but this isn’t any more humane and can present you with the problem of dead mice within the substructures of your home, not to mention the threat to children and domestic animal companions.

Many commercial outlets can provide you with humane mouse traps, which will capture the critter for relocation back into the wild. These are very nice because they do not crush the animal and leave you with a horrific scene of carnage to clean up. These types of humane traps can be purchased at Kent rodent control as well as other pest prevention tools.

It is essential to check your traps daily or they can be even more inhumane than the conventional variety.

The Importance of Plants

PlantsHave you ever noticed just how much plants play a role in your life?

They are everywhere. Take a look around you at your work and home. How many plants are there around you?

Plants play an important part of in our lives.

They remind us of nature and they have a calming effect on our psyche. Not only that but they clean the air we breathe.

Make a point for the next couple of weeks to look for plants in and around your life.

You’ll be surprised how amnynthere are!