Mice infestations are a major problem, and when these tiny mammals get into your building, they quickly multiply and start to tear things apart. They may be very small, but they do lots of damage with their tiny but sharp teeth and claws.
The first sign of a mouse infestation is usually the presence of small and smooth black droppings with a pointed end. You may also get to hear them scurrying around at night in search of leftovers, or you may see one run past you.
If you’re concerned about mice in your house, here are some other signs of a mouse infestation to look out for;
- Mouse tracks: mice tend to leave behind tracks of droppings, and food debris that has been chewed on. You can also notice urine stains that leave brown or black smears on the floor.
- Greasy stains: mice prefer to run very close to baseboards and when they do, they leave behind greasy stains and smear marks from their fur, they usually have greasy fur due to all the dirty places they enter.
- Chew marks: rodents generally chew a lot, and if you have an infestation there will be tiny chew or gnaw marks on materials in your home, including furniture, boxes, paper, wiring, upholstery, and lots more.
Getting rid of these tiny mammals can be very tricky. Although they are small, these animals are very smart and they learn to adapt very quickly. Their size also acts as an advantage, it means they can fit into tiny holes and move very quickly around the house. Mouse control is easy when you have a professional animal pest control company handle it, but if you want a few tips on how to keep these scurrying animals away from your home, continue reading;
Eliminate cracks and holes that act as entry points
Mice find it easy to move around when there are tiny holes and gaps in your walls and floorboards, properly sealing up all these holes will make your home a little uncomfortable for intruders. But the problem here is that mice are very tiny therefore, they can squeeze through very tiny holes which can be very difficult to find and seal. It requires great attention and patience to inspect the entire house in search of cracks and rodent passageways.
Get rid of food sources and clutter
Animals are all for survival, and they are mainly attracted to places where they can find enough food to ensure they are well-fed. Lack of even the tiniest food debris can certainly discourage mice and rodents from living in your home. Make sure the kitchen floor, countertops, and sinks are always free of food particles and store all food in rodent-proof containers. In addition to this, ensure you get rid of any clutter in your house. Mice also need shelter and if your home provides them with a conducive breeding place, they will go find food elsewhere and come back to breed. Ensure there is no food source or clutter where they can hide.
Use baits and mousetraps
If you are already battling with an infestation, the first two steps alone will not get the mice out. You will have to actually catch them to get them out of your house. There are several methods of mouse control, trapping them alive using baits and mousetraps are the most humane methods as opposed to poisons. But for it to work, it needs to be strategically placed which requires skill and technique.
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How to Get Rid Of Mice
Almost everyone encounters a mice problem on their property. Being versatile creatures, Mice has a wide range of diets and living habits. Mice have one of the highest adaptability among animals and are a tough pest to deal with.
You must consider many aspects to rid your property of the Mice problem effectively. And knowing that these creatures have high resilience and adaptability, you must be very meticulous and “crafty” in the job.
If you don’t want to go through all these stresses (it is a pretty one) yourself, you should contact our Pest removal agency for help.
The best way to rid your property of Mice is by prevention. Eventually, it will become more eventful and troubling if they enter the property.
- Find holes/entry points.
Thorough and intelligent inspection is required before tackling any Mice problem. You should know that Mice can easily squeeze through any hole or crack to get into their place of interest. If you can find their entry point, you have an idea of their nest.
When you find the holes, seal them up. There is always the chance of having other secret passages (so do not worry too much about a mass death).
- Install Mouse Traps
Using traps remains the most effective way of dealing with a mouse (unless in the case of an infestation). The vulnerable areas of the house are the best place for you to install these traps. For DIY methods, select areas with;
- Low light,
- Access to the food store,
- Hidden paths,
- Areas where you find their droppings,
- Entrance/exit of cracks and holes
Some examples of traps include;
- Snap Traps
- Electric traps
- Live catch traps (Humane methods)
When using traps, you must be careful where and how you install them. Your Pets can get seriously injured by these traps.
- Clearing out the Garbage
Mice will eat anything. They scavenge on pet feeds, leftovers, papers, wood, wires, plants, worms, and other things found in the trash. The fastest way to have a Mice problem is to keep trash for longer periods.
Regular environmental sanitation is a proactive measure to keeping Mice away. Also, use Mice repellent trash bags to manage your waste in the home.
Another method of dealing with trash is to sprinkle the bags or areas with Mice repellents like;
- Get a Cat
Lazy pets and ferocious predators. Cats are the natural nemesis of Mice or any similar rodent in the house. The presence of a cat in the house will permanently drive the rats off your property or leave you with lots of Mice Carcasses to dispose of.
However, if getting a cat is not an option, you can achieve a similar result by spreading Cat litter around the area.
- Use essential oils
Mice are easily irritated by certain ingredients or smell in the home. AN example of such is to spread the smell of essential oils to areas of interest. Soak cotton wools and apply generously to spaces like Cupboards, Drawers, and other entryways.
- Using Mice poison
There is a lot of mouse poison available to rid you of Mice permanently. However, you should consider lots of factors before deploying such methods;
- Specific region laws forbid the use of inhumane methods of controlling pests.
- Mice poison can be dangerous to have in the home if there are Pets around
- Dead Mice stink a lot, and this stench can linger for a long while if you do not know where the carcass lays.
Dealing with one or 5 Mice in the home can be less stressful than the case of an infestation. And since Mice reproduce heavily, it may be best practice to contact our services.