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Characteristics of Mice
What do mice look like?
The typical mouse is gray or brown, with little eyes and large ears. The adult is usually between 5 ½ and 7 ½ inches in length with a 3-4 inch long tail.
More Facts About Mice
- Mice can live up to 1 year. While this is not a very long period of time, mice are capable of reproducing up to 10 times in their life.
- Indoor mice will munch on a wide variety of foods; however, they have a preference for seeds and insects.
- Mice are excellent climbers.
- Mice are not able to see color. Their eyesight is not very good, as they have a hard time seeing beyond six inches.
How do I know if I have a mouse infestation?
Mice are crafty little creatures. They can make their way through spaces as small as a dime. In the fall, they end up in homes as a result of their search for food, warmth and shelter.
Here are some signs you will notice when mice are present:
- You may pick up a musky odor in your home. This is the smell of mice urine.
- You will notice droppings of up to ½ inch in length. Mice droppings usually have pointed ends.
- You will also hear sounds such as gnawing, squeaking or scurrying.
- If you find a mouse nest, you can be sure that mice are invading your home. These nests are usually found behind or beneath furniture or appliances.
It is critical that you identify an infestation early, because mice can cause a lot of damage to your home. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and let us help you solve it immediately. All our rodent control technicians are thoroughly trained in dealing with these situations, and we will provide impeccable service to remove these pests from your home and prevent them from coming back in the future. Give us a call today and let’s solve your problem together.
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Six Tips for Mouse Control
1. Safeguard Against Entry Points
When designing your home, or settling into a new rented spot, ensure that you rodent-proof the house. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent an infestation. If you eliminate the opportunity for mice to squeeze into your property, your home will have a good chance against roaming mice. This is not an easy task given a mouse’s ability to squeeze through unbelievably small spaces. Nevertheless, if do not have any spaces as big as a nickel or dime, you stand a good chance against them.
2. Make Use of Mousetraps
The handy, traditional mousetrap is still a successful tool in the fight against mouse infestations. Most people underestimate the true state of the mouse population that they are up against. You may need to lay many mousetraps in an effort to catch the mice that are plaguing your property. Be very generous with the mousetraps that you lay. Mix it up as well, and use bait traps, multi-capture live traps, and glue traps along with wooden traps. With this mix, you have a greater guarantee to catch the mice that are trying to take over your property.
3. Lay Mousetraps Strategically
Laying mousetraps is actually a science. Lay the traps perpendicular to walls with the trigger section facing the baseboard. This strategic placement leads the mouse, who loves to run along baseboards, directly into the trap. Mice do not go far from their food sources and nesting areas, so be sure to note droppings and place the traps in the areas that you find them. Rodents are intelligent enough to pick up on mousetraps and avoid them on the next trip, so change the location of the traps frequently.
4. Sanitize Your Property Thoroughly
Be mindful of spills and fallen crumbs. Mice are able to subsist on as little as 3 grams of food a day. Frequently clean your floors and wipe your counters. Be sure to eliminate residue, crumbs and any other food sources. Store food very securely. Secure your garbage container to ensure that rodents cannot get in. Keep in mind that mice have teeth that are sharp enough to bite through almost anything; therefore, plastic is not a good tool to use for rodent control.
Many times, rodents make their way inside your house because they have found comfort on the exterior of your home. Be sure to manicure your lawn and your property grounds in general. Cut down overgrown grass so that you do not give mice an area to nest. Actively search for burrows and nesting areas to ensure that mice do not get too comfortable on your property. Using gravel along the foundation of your home is also a good preventative measure. Avoid waste and clutter around your property, and you will be able to spot any visit from mice.
6. Get A Cat
The war between Tom and Jerry is indicative of what takes place in the real world with cats and mice. Having a cat around will significantly deter mice from invading your property. Cats take pleasure in hunting and killing mice. They are easy to own and will be a good companion for you and your family. It is customary for farm owners to use cats to control mice. Depending on the size of your property, you may need to own more than one cat. You can also have a dog or two because they may get in on the excitement of chasing away rodents.
Apply these tips for mouse control and enjoy peace of mind at home. If you currently have an infestation, it is wise to contact a professional pest control service. We will be able to eradicate these furry visitors and help you implement strategies to prevent future infestations.