MICE CONTROL

WHAT ARE THEY?

Mice are a common and sometimes challenging pest problem for households and pest professionals alike. Mice are small mammals that adapt well to human influence through both their diet and residence, often choosing to live in close proximity to humans.

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMON MICE HABITS:

• Mice defecate up to 100 times a day and constantly urinate to mark their travels.
• Mice have poor eyesight, are colorblind, and usually are active in low light hours.
• Mice have an excellent sense of smell, hearing, taste, and touch.
• Mice are curious by nature to new items in their habitat.

BREEDING

Mice are prolific breeders, having as many as ten litters a year consisting of anywhere from 4-6 pups per litter in only a 20-day gestation period. Within 6-10 weeks the pups are mature to start their own litter so it’s easy to see why a population can get out of hand quickly.

DIET

Mice love seeds, nuts, grains, chocolate, fruit, pet food, and even insects just to name a few.

ENTERING STRUCTURE

Mice are opportunistic and can thrive with human influence. While cold temperatures tend to drive them indoors for warmth, shelter, and food, they will enter a structure at any time if they can. Any opening the size of a dime can be accessed by mice for entry.

DISEASES

Mice contaminate human food, water, general surfaces, and pets with their feces and urine. Because of this, disease contraction is
a possibility through inhalation, ingestion, and touch from mice themselves or by vectors (organisms that transmit disease (i.e. ticks, mites, or fleas)). Diseases of the common house mouse include Lyme disease, leptospirosis, salmonella, murine typhus, bubonic plague, and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM). Additionally, deer mice diseases include hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever, and rat-bite fever.

CONTROL

The best control for mice is exclusion. It is also the most challenging. Your pest specialist will thoroughly inspect and make a recommendation based on your situation.

IF EXCLUSION IS NOT ACHIEVABLE YOUR PEST MANAGER MAY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING:

• Sealing up entry points via caulking and/or steel wool.
• Installing tamper-proof, weighted, or exterior bait stations which reduce the surrounding mouse population thereby reducing the
odds of entry.
• Custom inspecting, monitoring, and/or trapping.

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