The adult house mouse is quite small about 1 to 2 inches long excluding the tail. The tail is the same length as the head and body combined. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical, surface. Mice are able to squeeze through a hole as small as the width of a pencil. A mouse will typically travel no more than 30 feet during its regular daily activities like food gathering.
Mice spread disease through their feces, urine, and the parasites they carry. They also frequently cause damage to homes, cars and machinery because of gnawing. Mice gnaw continually to wear down their incisor teeth which grow very quickly.
During inspections we check for droppings, gnaw marks or holes, damage to food or food containers, and rub marks in areas of high activity. These are areas where traps should be set or rodenticides should be placed. A thorough inspection of the outside of the home should be made looking for any areas mice could gain entry to the home. Common areas include the foundation, around windows and doors, electrical and plumbing lines, vents, attached garages, chimneys and dormer areas.
To properly control mice sanitation is key. We utilize rodenticides, traps, monitoring devices and exclusion techniques to control and prevent mice infestations. We put together a program specific to the homeowners needs. This program will be designed to eliminate current infestations and can be continued as a rodent prevention program. These programs are very effective and are common practice in homes, business’s, farms, and cabins. Scheduled service programs include treatments and inspections with emergency call backs between visits handled promptly at no charge.
The most important and difficult step to preventing mouse infestations is exclusion. Your home needs to be sealed up to prevent mice from entering your home. Proper sanitation inside and outside of your home is also key. Exterior rodent bait stations placed around the homes foundation can be effective when safely and properly used. Keep your yard and garden free from waste and spills of food sources such as bird seed or pet food. Dumpster areas should be clean and lids should seal tight. Keeping a clean home indoors aids in control and prevention. The use of glue board traps or other traps, monitors aid in detecting infestations early on.