Do you hear noises at night? Do you hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet crawling around in the walls, under floorboards or in the attic? If you are awoken by these sounds at night, then you just might have a mouse in the house. Common house mouse: (Mus musculus)
Mice are nibblers and have a keen sense of smell. Once inside your home, they will prowl around until they find something to eat. They are primarily herbivores (preferring fruits and grains), but they have been known to eat almost anything. Because of their small size, mice can survive with very little food and water.
Mice Prevention & Control
Outside the house
Thoroughly inspect the perimeter of your home. Look for any openings, holes or damage caused by fallen debris. Mice enter buildings through holes slightly larger than 1/4 inch in diameter. That’s small. Therefore, a thorough inspection is necessary so use a flashlight for hard-to-see areas. Seal entry points with galvanized hardware cloth, caulk, or stainless steel wool. These products can easily be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Inside the house
• Do not leave food on counters overnight and clean up spills promptly.
• Do not dispose of food scraps into the yard as it will attract hungry rodents.
• Dispose of kitchen garbage frequently and put in sealed garbage cans in the garage or outside the house.
• Keep staples and snacks in airtight containers.
Traps are effective if you have one or two mice. Using too few of these traps is a common mistake when controlling larger numbers. Traps should not be used in areas where children, pets or other wildlife may encounter them.
The most effective way to rid your house of unwanted pests is to call the professionals at D&W Pest Solutions. The team will inspect your house to determine the entry points. They will discuss the best remedy for the existing problem and provide prevention methods to avoid future infestations. Semi-annual inspections are the most effective way to tackle the problem of rodents.
And don’t worry. The pros at D&W Pest Solutions know how to handle your problem of Mouse in the House.