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A house mouse can produce up to 100 droppings per day.
Mice like to stay close to their home and usually only venture up to 3-8m away from their nest in search of food.
Mice can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens.
Despite their tiny bodies, mice eat up to 20 times a day.
ALL ABOUT MICE
Mice are vector pests meaning that they can carry and transmit diseases to people or other animals. Even today, mice are known to carry and spread salmonella,
Mice can also exasperate issues in those with allergy or pulmonary weaknesses and sensitivities.
The presence of mice in a home does not necessarily guarantee the transmission of disease to those within your home, but prolonged exposure to them increases the risks and potential of contracting an illness from mice.
Unlike rats, mice are inquisitive by nature and will spend their day roaming their territory. Their preferred diet consists of high protein foods such as nuts, seeds, and insects though they are also known to be opportunistic feeders consuming just about anything they can find in a home such as
Mice are also smaller rodents compared to rats. They are approximately 2-3 inches long with tails that are roughly 2 inches long. They are covered in hair usually in light brown, black, or gray colors.
When outside temperatures begin to drop mice do not hibernate, but
Mice can access openings as small as a quarter inch in your home. Mice prefer to nest in dark, warm places with close proximity or ease of access to food. This can be in debris, wood piles, furniture, crawl/attic spaces etc.
When untreated, a mouse infestation can get out of hand very quickly. A single female house mouse can produce 8 litters a year of about 6 pups per litter. That means potentially 48 mouse pups in a single year from just one female.
Mouse extermination and control requires a dedicated and professional approach. Accurate Termite and Pest Control
A good mouse control program does not have to be frustrating or invasive, but as with anything related to residential pest control, it starts with a thorough inspection.
WHAT THE MOUSE EXTERMINATOR LOOKS FOR
In order to provide an effective mouse exterminator control program for your home, a thorough inspection and assessment of your home and level of infestation must first be performed. Your technician will use a combination of information in order to assess the level of infestation present in your home.
Your technician will gather as much information as possible from you, including: sightings, droppings, wall smudges, gnawing or chewing, and sound and odor evidence you may be experiencing in connection with your mouse problem.
Information about mice sightings, whether dead or alive, is very helpful in guiding your technician towards finding the root and source of the problem.
Because mice are typically nocturnal, daytime sightings are not likely. Any information you can provide your technician can be extremely helpful.
It is not likely that you will want to leave mouse droppings around your home for the technician to consider in his inspection, but finding them can prove very helpful in being able to deduce a traffic pattern of the infestation in your home.
When possible, take pictures of the mouse droppings before cleaning them up. It would be most helpful for the rodent inspector if you have photos of the mouse droppings up close, and also from a distance with familiar objects next to them for size reference. Mice droppings are rod-shaped and pointed on both ends.
Mice tend to run along the edge of walls or other large objects as much as possible to avoid being out in the open and exposed. When they do so, they leave rub marks or grease stains along the wall caused by the oils in their fur and body. In general, the darker the smudging, the greater the infestation.
These smudges will help your technician gather information about the possible traffic patterns and level of mouse infestation present in your home.
Evidence of gnawing and chewing can help a technician track an overall pattern of travel and traffic. Mice are known for their ability to chew on various objects including plastics, drywall, stucco and more.
Finding the gaps and holes their chewing creates is extremely helpful, and finding shavings and fresh accumulation of debris can be indicative of newer or recent activity.
When mice nest and traffic attic spaces and areas, it is not uncommon for residents to be able to hear their activity as they scurry through the space above them. It is possible to hear their squeaking, gnawing, and scratching of walls and other objects. Mouse activity is most likely to be heard in the evening and nighttime hours.
Because it is not likely that you will have your Accurate Termite and Pest Control technician in the late evening hours, please be sure to share with your technician any sounds you suspect may be caused from mice as it can be very helpful in determining where mice may be nesting in your home.
Fouls smells can also be a byproduct of a mouse infestation in your home. The evidence of foul smells may also help your technician deduce the level and size of infestation as well as the possible location of their nesting places.
Mice are known to urinate and defecate in the areas they nest in. A distinct odor of ammonia may become noticeable in the presence of high levels of infestation.
In some cases, you may also smell dead mice in your walls or other areas of your home. Be sure to share with your technician any information regarding foul smells you may not be able to identify around your home.
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MOUSE EXTERMINATION METHODS
Rest assured that no matter the proposed mouse control program for your home, Accurate Termite and Pest Control implements the latest methods in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to ensure long-lasting results in your mouse control program all while avoiding or keeping to a minimum the use of synthetic pest control products in your home.
Treatment may include trapping, baiting and exclusion. After a thorough inspection, a licensed and trained mouse exterminator will make a recommendation for a maintenance program that will best suit your home.
Because each home and each infestation is unique, the methods, duration, and processes of maintenance for your home may differ from that of a different home. Here are some of the methods that our professional mouse exterminator may employ in your home’s maintenance program.
Trapping: Trapping refers to the act of placing traps designed to attract and capture mice within.
Traps differ in mechanics and utility. When considering traps as a part of mouse control, a technician takes into consideration a few things including:
(1) the location as it relates to human traffic
(2) the visibility of the trap and how it may affect aesthetics of the area
(3) the strength and utility of the trap needed for the present infestation (i.e. spring-loaded traps versus glue traps, etc). Traps are still a commonly used method in the implementation of mouse control because of the proven efficacy and success. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the use of mouse traps in your home, feel free to discuss them with your technician.
Baiting: Baiting refers to the act of using state-registered products designed to attract mice to a desired area. A technician may decide to use baits to change or modify patterns of traffic.
By being able to modify patterns of traffic, a technician may use baits to redirect traffic from one area to another; direct traffic into traps or other areas that will prove hazardous to rodents; direct traffic for further analysis of the level of infestation; direct incessant traffic to areas not affecting residents such as exteriors etc. Watch: Mouse Bait Stations
Exclusion: Exclusion refers to the act of sealing cracks, holes, and crevices in a structure that may be used by mice to gain access into a structure and is a crucial part of any building’s IPM program.
To prevent mice from entering the home, the technician will estimate exclusion for all cracks, crevices, holes and gaps larger than a pen cap or ¼ of an inch. These area(s) should be sealed with cement, steel wool or a mixing compound as applicable.
Exclusion work is an important part of any mouse control program both as a control method for existing infestations and as a preventative measure to keep a problem from reoccurring in the future.
PREVENTION & FOLLOW-UP
Preventative measures alone will prove ineffective at ridding your home of an already present mouse infestation. After an expert mouse exterminator rids your home of a mouse infestation, consider the following tips to help keep your home free of mice. Our expert mouse exterminator will also provide you with customized tips for your home on-site.
- Store food in secure rodent-proof containers; wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.
- Seal all unintentional holes, gaps and cracks in your home or garage that are larger than 1/4 of an inch; maintain your structure sealed as tight as possible.
- Install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors.
- Keep tree branches trimmed and out of contact from your buildings’ walls and roof; your tree branches should never touch your structure.
- Store firewood as far from the home as possible.
- Make sure all windows and vents remained screened and inaccessible to rodents form the exterior.
- Remove any piles of debris near the foundation of the home.
- Trim branches, plants and bushes that hang over the home.
- Ensure that gutters are directing water away from the home.
- Do not leave crumbs or morsels on tabletops or floors.