Mice are perhaps the most common pest to humans. Able to enter through very small spaces, mice can quickly invade even new-construction homes, and can pose health risks, damage property, and make your home an unsafe and uncomfortable place to live. If you have a mouse problem, please call us immediately to set up an appointment with our professionals.
Mice are small rodents, typically 5-7" long including their tail, and can be brown or gray-brown in color. They have large front teeth for gnawing through tough materials, and long, thin, hairy tails (compared to rats, which have thicker, hairless tails). Mice are typically nocturnal creatures, although house mice may be seen during the day. They rarely travel more than 100 feet from their nest, and are able to climb and even swim skillfully.
Mice have become accustomed to living near humans and benefitting from safe, warm living conditions with plenty of shelter and food. They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant matter and meat (mainly insects), and can obtain sustenance from many different sources.
There are several dangers that come from a mouse infestation. Firstly, mice often carry dangerous airborne viruses, as well as parasites like ticks and fleas. Their urine and feces will also carry diseases. Mice also build substantial nests, and will destroy parts of your home in order to gain materials suitable for nest building.
The most tell-tale sign of a mouse infestation for many homeowners is the presence of mouse droppings. These are small, dark brown or black granular droppings, about half the size of a grain of rice. Since mouse droppings are known to carry diseases, exercise extreme caution by using gloves and a face mask during disposal.
If you have a mice infestation, mice will likely have built a nest somewhere in your house. The nest may be in a drawer, shoebox, storage container, under cabinets, or around kitchen appliances. As mentioned above, mice will source materials from your house in order to construct their nest, which can make it easier to spot. However, handling a mouse nest is best left to professionals, so if you have discovered one of these nests, please give us a call immediately.
In dirty or dusty conditions, you may actually see mouse tracks or footprints, especially close to their nest.
Especially in older homes, you may hear mice scurrying in your walls or floors/ceilings. This is one of the most obvious signs of a mouse infestation, and an indicator that the problem should be taken care of immediately.
We will help you identify possible points of entry where mice are able to freely enter and exit your home. This is the first step to eradicating mice. Next, we will use mouse traps and/or broadcast baiting, which entails dispersing poisonous bait that a mouse will take back to its nest, ultimately poisoning the mouse population.
A mouse infestation can be very dangerous for you, you family, and your pets. If you suspect mouse activity in your home, please call us now to set up an appointment with our pest control professionals.
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