This question is one we get often. The truth is that mice are difficult to eliminate for several reasons. One of the main reason is that they’re resourceful and far more clever than your average spider or cockroach.
No matter how pristine your home may be, it is susceptible to mice infestations. They enter your home for the same reasons you live in it; it’s cozy, warm, it has plenty of food, and it keeps them safe. Unfortunately, mice don’t like being bothered, so they will run away from you when given the opportunity. On top of this, they don’t use toilets and can (and will) chew through anything that isn’t made of steel.
Assess the Problem
A mouse could’ve wandered into your home by accident, but if it stays long enough, you’ll have an infestation on your hands. Signs of infestations include droppings, chew marks on packages and walls, and scratching noises in the walls or attic during the night. Assuming this is all the work of a single mouse can lead to the exact opposite: more mice.
Your pets may become more active and excited in areas where mice are present. This is a result of the odor of the mice and usually occurs when they first begin to move into your home. If you notice your pet pawing at an area that it previously had no interest in, grab a flashlight and check the area for mice. If the infestation is large, you may also notice an ongoing stale odor coming from the hidden area that indicates an active population.
There are certain signs that can indicate the size of a mouse population. If you only spot the mice at night but never during the day, the population has probably not gotten too large and can be controlled with traps and bait. If you are seeing mice during the day or spotting numerous new droppings and/or gnaw marks, it is a safe bet that the population has gotten very large and may require professional services. That’s where we come in.
What You Can Do
Mice are always looking for ways to enter your home, so it’s important to make sure they don’t find a way in. This task can be a tricky one because they can squeeze through almost any crack or hole leading to your home. Look for these types of openings around your house and, if you can fit a pencil in it, then a mouse can fit in it.
Outside holes, cracks, and gaps can be fixed with wire mesh. For the ones you find on the inside, plug them with steel wool or caulk. Traps with bait, positioned in corners and along the walls are also proper steps to take. However, traps focus on getting rid of the mice already in your home, leaving it susceptible to more unwanted visitors.
Help is on the Way!
Dealing with unwanted ‘mouse guests’ on your own can quickly turn into a costly headache. Trying to find and plug all the holes inside and outside your home will come at the cost of depleting your sanity and bank account. The “DIY” mentality will only accomplish so much before the problem gets out of control.
If you notice a problem, call the experts because the best way to get rid of mice is to make sure that you never have to deal with them in the first place. If you have seen one of these rodents in your home or think you may be susceptible to an infestation, contact us today for a free inspection!