How to Removal House Mice
Mice are often categorized as pests because they live in homes, chew on wires and wood, and contaminate food. It is often common to hear people complain about mice. These complaints comprise the following:
- Mice infesting the attic
- Mice chewing on wires
- Mice scraping the walls
- Mice contaminating food
- Risk of mice-induced health issues
This is why a lot of people want these pests eliminated or controlled at least.
Here in this article, I will discuss how to deal the common problem of mice infestation. It is worth mentioning that the techniques of eliminating mice are the same as that used to eliminate rats. However, the only distinguishing factor is the size of mice: mice are usually smaller in size and are easier to trap using the snap trap. Apart from this, all other things remain the same. And I have written extensively on rats control than I have on mouse control so you could refer to my previous articles on rats and apply the same principles to mice.
Below are the steps involved in removing mice from buildings, homes, attics, etc.:
STEP ONE: Check your homes for mice. You may have noticed a bit of scurrying or scraping around the house or of tiny feet hurrying across your attic or in your walls. Judging the situation from sounds alone may not be enough, so you should conduct a thorough check to catch sight of these pests so you know what kind of rodent you are dealing with. It could be a rat, or a squirrel, or mice. In case of an infestation, the three mentioned animals will leave traces of gnawing and roosting objects, but the traces left by mice are usually small and thin. The best way to know is if you see traces of their feces.
STEP TWO: Having identified the pest as a mouse or mice, look for any openings, holes or gaps which these mice may be using to penetrate your homes or buildings. This is the most important measure and it is also important that you inspect the whole building thoroughly. Check everywhere including the vents, roof lines, loose siding, places where pipes enter the building, rim gaps, AC gaps for any hole or gap in the building. And check both the roof and the grounds. Check for even the tiniest hole you could possibly find. Once you have seen these holes, you should seal them up either with steel mesh or with a sealant. Hindering them from gaining access to your building is an important step to completely eliminating mice.
STEP THREE: after you must have sealed up the different holes you can find, the next step is to trap and eliminate them. There are different kinds of mouse traps in the market but from years of testing them, I discovered that the original Victor brand wooden snap traps are best suited for catching mice. This does not mean that you cannot try other traps. Placing the traps is the most vital thing to consider. You definitely have to place them on their trails or wherever you see them running. Search for their feces and set a lot of traps where there seem to be a heavy mouse presence.
STEP FOUR: Always check the traps regularly and try to pay attention to hear if there are still scrapings or putter-pattering sounds in walls or ceilings. Inspect the building for fresh feces. If you don’t see any of these, you have no problem again. However, if these persist after a few days, you should re-seal your home over again. It could be tedious and strenuous but never stop trying. However, it is advisable to get the help of a professional exterminator who has experience on what to search for and how to seal gaps and holes correctly.
STEP FIVE: After you have gotten rid of the mice, you should tidy up the crawl space. Take out all the feces and other things they may have stained. This eliminates mice scent which could bring in new mice into the house, and for various health considerations. You could read more on how to clean up your attics, and with the proper products.
House mice are pests that are easily found in homes. They are about three inches long, do not weigh more than an ounce, and are smaller compared to rats. They can give birth to offspring twelve times a year with a dozen babies at each point. But on the average, the size of their litter is six and they may not survive for more than twelve months in the wild.
They possess well developed olfactory and aural senses, but poor eyes. They move along urine or pheromone trails. They are also very fast and have a next to perfect balancing, hardly is thee any surface they cannot climb. They are so small that they can fit into very holes or gaps even holes as small as wide as a coin. Once their little skulls can get through the hole, they can easily squirm their way through it.
CAN’T I JUST USE MOUSE POISON?
It is unadvised to use poison as it never totally kills all mouse in the house or building. It is a non-permanent solution to any mice infestation issues since new mice can always replace the old ones killed by the poison. Since they have children rapidly, they will always populate areas with space and food. Besides, making use of poison creates another issue: you will have to deal with dead smelly mice in your walls, attic or ceiling. Additionally, it is cruel because it means a slow and painful death for the mice. Above all, it is an ineffectively way of controlling or removing mice from a house or building. The only thing that works well is sealing off all possible entrances into your homes or buildings. Even if the mice infestation seems too much and seem too difficult to handle, never use poison. Just follow the steps outlined above and your problems will be solved.
CAN’T I JUST USE A REPELLENT?
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