Mice, primarily the common housemouse Mus musculus are familiar visitors to houses especially during the winter.
Mice not only damage artifacts by chewing them, but their urine and droppings will stain objects and attract other pests such as carpet beetles. In some areas, mice are vectors for deadly diseases such as the hantavirus.
Mice may nest in textiles or an undisturbed textile box.
This wool Petty Officer's jacket exhibits typical evidence of mouse attack. The damaged area is large and ragged threads are present. Unlike moths, the mouse has not consumed the wool, but has removed shredded material for it's nest.
The Mousemaster trap is intended for areas that may not be inspected on a daily basis. It is not baited, but relies upon a mouse's natural curiosity. Inside the trap is a removable sticky pad capable of immobilising the animal. Traps should be placed up against a wall as mice prefer to travel around the edge of a room, along the baseboards.
Preventative Conservation Measures
Damage to artifacts by mice can be avoided or minimised by:
1.Sealing and blocking potental access routes.
2.Inspection of storage or display areas for indications of vermin.
3.Installing traps and regular inspections.
4.Ensuring food sources are removed or sealed.
5.Inspections on a regular basis.
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