Living with mice isn’t just a nuisance; it can cause several health problems, such as increased allergies and the potentially-fatal Hantavirus. But the good news is that a mice infestation can be readily contained or, even better, avoided altogether with the correct preventative and containment measures.
How to Spot a Mouse Infestation
Mice are nocturnal creatures, so they are most active between dusk and dawn. They’re always on the hunt for food, so the kitchen is the hottest spot. Droppings are usually the first sign of an infestation. Mice can produce anywhere from 50 to 75 pellet droppings per day. They also emit musky odors.
As rodents, house mice have front teeth that never stop growing. Therefore, when mice enter your home, they will gnaw on anything they can find to keep their teeth filed down. They might use their chewing skills to get into your house in the first place. So, check if there are holes in your walls and floors. Mice can easily fit through spaces as small as a nickel!
How to Keep Mice Out of Your House
Many people believe their problem is solved when they spot one mouse in their home and catch it in their trap. But mouse traps cannot be the sole solution to your mouse infestation. For the most effective form of mouse control, there has to be good sanitation, mouse-proof construction, and population reduction.
Although mice won’t entirely be eliminated by adequate sanitation, poor sanitation will inevitably draw mice and allow them to multiply more. Concentrate on eliminating places where mice find shelter. They cannot survive in large numbers if they have few places to rest, hide, or build nests and rear young.
- Mouse-proof Construction
To avoid attracting mice to your property, seal all potential food sources in tamper-proof bins, avoid leaving pet food out for long periods, and promptly clean up all spills and messes. Additionally, pay some attention to the outside of your home. Block their entry using caulk or weather stripping to seal tiny holes in your foundation, siding, and doorways.
- Reduction Techniques
- Trapping. Set traps close to walls, behind objects, in dark corners, and places where evidence of mouse activity is seen.
- Baiting. Bait stations are sealed packets containing poison meal or pellets meant to kill mice.
- Fumigation. This control method should only be carried out by a professional because it is hazardous. It’s only used as a last resort.
Regarding rodent control, Vogelsang Pest Management uses various tactics, depending on the situation. If you’re ready to get rid of mice on your property for good, contact us at 314-601-1789 and request a free quote today!