Think you may have a mouse in your house? Here’s how to tell and how you can get rid of him (or them!).
How to Identify Mice
You may be wondering if you have mice or rats. While similar, mice are smaller than rats and less cautious. This makes them easier to identify and remove than rats. Their small size makes them more of a nuisance, though, since they can get through spaces as small as 1/4 inch. Mice are not picky eaters so it’s likely your home is providing them with a steady food source, which they usually search for at night. And because they breed often and can reproduce in less than 6 weeks, catching them early is key unless you want family of mice moving in. Another way to identify mice is by their droppings which are usually very small, black, and rod-shaped with pointed ends.
How to Get Rid of Mice
Because mice can fit through tiny spaces, eat almost anything, and are nocturnal creatures, they can be quite elusive and hard to get rid of. The quickest and most effective way to get rid of mice is with professional pest control. An experienced exterminator will know where to look for entry points around your home, identify nesting areas, current and potential food sources, provide the best plan of attack (which can include baits, traps, or a combination of both), and will give you recommendations for future mice prevention. If you’re noticing any of the following, call a pest control company today.
- An unusual odor
- Noises at night
- Gnawed areas
- Tracks or tail marks in dusty areas
How to Prevent Mice from Returning
Excluding mice can be difficult with their ability to fit through small spaces and with a diet consisting of almost anything. Any gaps or holes around your home should be properly sealed. Common areas of entry are around vents, pipes, utility lines, doors, and windows. Next, you’ll want to eliminate food sources – take out trash daily, keep a clean home, clean up spills immediately, and store food & pet food in sealed containers.