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Mice are rodent pests that often find their way into homes and warehouses in search of food and shelter. Their small size makes it very easy for them to gain access to buildings. With an average weight of about 1/2 ounces, an adult mouse can squeeze itself through a small hole about the diameter of a normal-sized pen.
Mouse Species in California
Once they gain entrance, they begin their destruction. First off, as with many other rodents, the incisors of mice grow throughout their lives. Hence, they need to chew constantly to keep it in check. Therefore, they will chew on wood, pipes, insulation, books, and just about anything else. What’s more, they contaminate food sources with their saliva, urine, droppings, and hairs. Mice are carriers of several dangerous diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, Salmonella, tularemia, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV).
That’s why the best time to get rid of mice is yesterday. A Team Services specializes in mice control. Our technicians have a strong grasp of mouse behavior. This makes it possible for them to devise and implement mice control strategies for clients – particularly in Los Angeles County and Orange County California. In this post, we share some of the most effective ways to deal with mice infestation. California is home to three major mouse species. They include the California deer mouse, the house mice, and the white-footed mice.
Although they all have prominent differences, they are all smaller than rats. What’s more, the proportion of their head to body is smaller than that of rats.
Signs of a Mouse Infestation
Do you suspect you have a mouse infestation? Look out for these signs:
Mouse droppings are best described as small and pellet-shaped. They are about 1/4 inches long, brown with pointed ends. If you see fresh, moist droppings within your house or property, then you probably have a mouse infestation.
- Gnaw marks
As mentioned earlier, mice love to chew. If you observe gnaw marks on wood, furniture, and other household items, you probably have a mouse infestation.
- Foul smell.
Mice are creatures of filth. Their droppings and urine can quickly reduce the air quality of your home.
When they get into houses, mice first build their nests. For this, they tear off the insulation as well as paper and other materials. If you find a mouse nest in your house, then you probably have a mouse.
Mice are vocal creatures. If you hear squeaking sounds, or you hear scratching and scuffling sounds (especially at night), you probably have a mouse infestation.
Mice Control Techniques
Here are some of the most effective ways to get rid of mice:
Mice take advantage of small holes to get into houses. That’s why your priority should be to seal off all potential entry holes. But note that this is no easy task. Why? Because mice can get in through tiny holes. Therefore, you need to carefully inspect your entire building to identify these holes.
- Proper Sanitation
As noted earlier, mice are usually attracted by the promise of food and shelter. Hence, if your property fits these criteria, do not be surprised when mice come pouring in. You want to ensure that you eliminate food sources. You also want to make sure there are no hiding spots for mice in your yard.
Some of what you should keep in mind include:
- Enclose any exposed food in tight-fitting containers.
- Do not leave pet food outside, especially at night.
- Ensure that you clear away food crumbs from your kitchen floors, sinks, and countertops after you eat.
- Do not leave dirty plates after you eat.
- Fence your garden to deny mice access to easy plants, vegetables, and fruits.
- Cut off tall bushes and shrubs from your yard.
- Remove abandoned objects and woodpiles from your yard.
- Mouse Traps
If you have one or two mice in your house, trapping can be effective for getting rid of them. There are several kinds of mouse traps. The most common ones are snap traps, electric traps, and glue traps. Snap and electric traps are preferred because they are humane compared to glue traps. Effective bait options include peanut butter, cheese, or marshmallows.
Remember to seal all entry holes thereafter. If not, you can expect new ones to replace the mice you’ve killed.
They are poisons used to kill rats and mice. In general, the use of poisons should be avoided because it is inhumane. Also, it can unintentionally be consumed unintended wildlife, pet, or kids.
There are several repellents used for deterring mice. Examples include cayenne pepper, peppermint, cloves, and ultrasonic repellers. However, note that repellents are not very effective – especially if you’ve not removed the underlying attractants for mice. But you can expect moderate success with repellents if you’ve eliminated access to food and shelter in your property. Also, note that repellents need to be constantly reapplied to remain effective.
A Team Services Mice Control
Are you dealing with peaky mice on your property? Then you need to act now before they cause irreversible damages. A Team Services can help you get rid of nuisance mice from your house or property. We also offer decontamination and repair services to reverse the damages caused by mice. And most importantly, we put measures in place to ensure they never return. Contact us today.