These pests are some of the most common found in and around homes. They are generally 2” to 3.5” in length head and body only. They are light brown to gray in color with small eyes and large ears. Deer mice will generally have a white patch on their underside, and will be a little larger in size. Mouse droppings are generally 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch in length with pointed ends.
Signs of Infestation: Things to look for when determining a problem:
These mice are rapid breeders and one mouse can have 30 – 35 offspring in one year. These mice are carriers of many diseases the most common being Salmonella. They contaminate food with their droppings and urine. They are nocturnal creatures that prefer nesting areas, which are not disturbed and dark. They can enter a home through a hole the size of a dime, and can flatten their body to an opening the size of their head.
Exclusion and sanitation are the keys to control. By excluding these pests other control measures will generally be unnecessary. It is important to close all gaps around the home such as around pipes and wires, between brick and siding, and exhaust fans and dryer vents. Plug holes in foundation walls with steel wool or copper mesh.
Sanitation, which is the other key component of control, is about removal of harborage sites. Storing bulk foods in mouse proof containers, keeping stored foods away from walls.
Once mice are inside however, different control strategies can be implemented to catch and kill these mice. These include glue and snap traps, baits, or mechanical traps.
Our first objective is to get the mice currently inside your home. We will identify the areas that they are running or nesting in and place out a variety of devices to get gain quick results. Then we will identify how the mouse(mice) may have entered your home in the first place. Correcting this issue is key for future control. We will inspect the exterior for any other signs of rodent activity and install exterior bait stations so that any future rodent running around your home will be taken care of before they get in again. Our regular service programs will maintain this barrier year round to keep these and other unwanted pests out.
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