How To Prevent Mice Problems
How to prevent mice problems in Henrico, Glen Allen, Richmond, Midlothian and Charlottesville Virginia homes and businesses is our specialty.
While the house mouse is considered a commensal rodent along with the Norway and roof rat other species have adapted to living with humans to the point where perhaps they should be considered commensal.
A homeowners choice in landscaping plants, bird feeders and other factors provide optimal environments for these pests.
The gestation period varies among rodent species. With the house mouse it is 20 days, white footed mouse 23 days and deer mouse 27 days.
Litter size average is six to eight mice with 6 to 10 liters per breeding life of the female. Do the math. This can result in a mouse infestation of 80 new mice from a single breeding female mouse.
Mice enter into homes at low, mid and high level locations with highest amount of entry in most cases at low (ground level). Mice however are excellent climbers and have no issues climbing brick, siding corners and other areas of home to exploit gaps of a 1/4 inch to gain access to interior of home.
A very high percentage of homes nationwide (some researchers estimate 95% of homes) have mice nesting in attics. An attic is a great location for mice, no predators, insulation for nesting material combined with their ability to utilize food to obtain water needs metabolically from the food they eat all make your attic attractive to them. Acorns and other seeds are found stored in attic and other voids of home.
Noise levels cause by mice can be extreme with clients often thinking the noise is due to larger wildlife. Mice chewing on a wall stud or drywall especially at night when everything is quiet does sound like a much larger animal due to quietness of home and resonating of sounds in wall voids.
Mice control is best achieved with a combination of both professional rodent baiting and or trapping and exclusion to limit mice entering home. A Pest Control professional can apply high quality rodenticides for control while a Wildlife Control professional provides trapping programs as well as repairs referred to as exclusion to limit numbers of mice entering home. The combination of exclusion and removal/baiting programs breaks numbers and ends repeating breeding cycle through lower numbers of mice present.
No home or structure can be made 100% mouse proof as garage doors being open, mice traveling in engine and other compartments of vehicles and other factors could allow small numbers of mice to enter. Homeowners should be aware of this so as to have reasonable expectations of mouse control.
Addressing common mouse primary entry points is highly successful in preventing a reinfestation of mice, rats and other rodents in homes and businesses. Combined with removal/baiting programs this approach greatly reduces the chances of having a successful rodent management and control program.
Remember, it’s almost impossible to completely mouse proof a home or business.
Tips For Getting Rid Of Your Mouse Problem
Because all homeowners and business owners want to know how to prevent mice problems, we’ve come up with these handy tips:
- Get rid of the resident mice, rats or other rodents first. This is accomplished through the use of commercial grade rodenticide baits and trapping.
- Identify all possible mice, rat or rodent entry points. This can be tricky because mice can enter a structure through a very tiny opening. It is best to hire a mouse control professional who has the training and experience often necessary to find these openings.
- Finally, mouse proof the structure to help prevent new rodent infestations.
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