How big of a threat are these mice?
Mice are tiny and they may seem non-threatening, but the reality is that they are very dangerous pests. Not only do they carry over two dozen pathogens, they also gnaw on everything inside the home, including electrical wiring, which can create fire hazards. So don’t let their appearance fool you, these rodents carry a big punch.
How do you prevent an infestation?
Preventing a house mouse infestation has two crucial elements – removing incentives and implementing exclusion measures. The incentives that need to be removed include access to food, access to moisture and access to shelter. To remove their access to food, you will have to keep all the food in the home in sealed containers. Mice will get moisture from leaky pipes, so those need to be fixed as soon as possible, and they will find shelter inside clutter, which should be removed as much as possible from the home.
In terms of exclusion measures, the home will have to be inspected for access points in the exterior wall. These access points can be any opening such as a crack or a gap that is wider than a quarter of an inch, and they will have to be sealed. It’s important to target the entirety of the exterior wall, including sections on the upper levels of the home, because mice are excellent climbers and acrobats.
How do you get a house mouse infestation under control?
House mouse infestations can be hard to remove. Not only are mice intelligent enough to avoid certain trapping and baiting efforts, they are also capable of reproducing very quickly. This means that DIY efforts will often fail to remove an infestation completely, which will lead to re-infestation.
As such, the best way to deal with a house mouse infestation is with the help of a pest control professional. Pros are able to implement the right control method for the circumstances of the infestation, and make sure that all the mice in the home are removed. Furthermore, some pros also offer a post-control cleanup service, and prevention implementation services. These services can remove a lot of the stress that comes with the post-control cleanup process and ensure that your home is mouse free for the foreseeable future.
If you have any other questions about the house mouse, or if you have an infestation that needs to be removed, contact us today.