Sometimes a mouse trap
is not Enough!!
A Mouse Problem Is a Big Problem
Getting rid of mice is important. The harm caused by house
mice can be considerable. Mice cause damage. They can eat your food,
leave food storage caches that rot and smell, chew through clothing and
possessions, and leave urine trails and droppings that cause stains or
permanently mar wood. But the harm doesn't stop there. Mice attract
other pests like fleas, tick and mites”and the diseases and discomfort
those pests bring. Mice are themselves notorious vectors for diseases
and parasites. They helped spread the bubonic plague through Europe in
the Middle Ages, and, though extremely rare (the Center for Disease
Control reports only three cases of the disease in New York since 1993),
mice carrying the Hantavirus have been making headlines. And mice
produce an allergen to which children are especially susceptible.
have a mouse problem, there's a good chance you wont know it. The signs
of a mouse in the house can be subtle, but their impact is not. And
getting rid of a mouse usually involves more than a mouse trap. And
watch out if you have one, you have many. A female mouse can produce a
litter of eight every four weeks
Here's how you tell you Have Mice
The chances of you seeing a mouse are low unless you are a night owl.
Mice are most active at night and they move fast. You are much more
likely to see signs of a mouse in the house than you are to see the
mouse itself. Here's what to look for:
Droppings. Mice excrement is about the size and shape of a grain of
rice and is dark brown to black in color. Look for excrement in
cabinets and cupboards, drawers, behind trash receptacles and along
and Gnaw Marks: You might see evidence of chewing on boxes, bags and
other food containers as mice try to get access to food. Pet food is
a favorite, as is, believe it or not, soap. You might also see teeth
marks on wood and sawdust nearby. A mouse may be trying to keep his
Freaking Out Pets: Is your dog tracking something behind the trash
can? Is your cat agitated and staring at something you cant see?
They might be on to something: a mouse in your house
Nests. Look for soft, fuzzy piles of material, paper or grass
gathered into a pile. Mice will build cozy nests any place they can
find a quiet places to hide such as behind appliances, in walls and
in drawers and cabinets that are rarely used. Mice nests can also be
found in upholstered furniture and even inside toasters and in
blender housings. Since a mouse can fit through an opening as big
around as a pencil, you might be surprised where they end up.
Pools and Trails. Mice use urine to mark territory. You can
sometimes see drops in a line pattern leading to a hiding place and
also something call a œurinating pillar a mound of debris including
grease and dirt that is mixed with urine.
How to Get Rid of Mice
Before you try to get mice out of your house, you need to figure out how
they are getting in. They can wiggle in through narrow spaces around
pipes and wires a hole a quarter inch in diameter is big enough. It may
take an expert inspection to determine how mice are entering and how to
stop them. Here is a checklist [link] for places to find mice in and
around your home.
The next step is taking action to get rid of them. Knowing the size of
your problem is essential before you start. How many mice do you have?
How long have you had them? Where are their nesting sites? It may be
worth having an expert come in and do an assessment, even if you plan to
deal with the problem on your own.
We suggest a multi-prong approach. No single method is appropriate for
every situation. The presence of children and pets make some baits and
traps unsuitable. The degree of infestation makes some poisons more
effective than others.
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