Get rid of mice
This time of year is when rodents like mice and rats seek shelter in places like your home or business. We can stop them!
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You've probably seen them before. They are tiny, some might even think they’re cute, but if you find one in your home they could be a real problem. They’re mice.
Mice are one of the most common pests in the world and are found just about everywhere. They’re rodents, and can be very destructive when they infest your property. Prodigious breeders, a couple of mice can quickly turn into dozens., It won’t take long for mice to scurrying behind the fridge, walls, around the baseboards and getting into the furniture. Mice can chew their way through fabric and get into cupboards and drawers to find food. In short, they are a nuisance.
Mice damage property, leave a mess wherever they decide to nest, and are even known to spread diseases such as the hantavirus and salmonella (food poisoning). They also carry fleas and ticks that can spread diseases like Lyme Disease, Colorado Tick Fever and more.
Western Exterminator has been the expert in mouse control solutions for homes and businesses for decades. Since our founding in 1921, one of the first things we specialized in was mouse control solutions. We will get rid of a mouse infestation and offer mouse prevention solutions to stop them from coming back.
Western Exterminator mouse control professionals can help. If you think you have mice, contact us online or call 800-937-8398 for an appointment.
Mice can get inside homes to get warm and to build nests in hiding places that provides them with easy access to food. That's what makes them so hard to get rid of and why a professional is usually needed. Mice breed fast and it won’t take long for multiple areas of infestation to spread around the home. Since mice can hide in the smallest of spaces, finding all of their hiding places can be very difficult and requires specialized tools and training.
Mice sneak out at night, when they think they will not be seen, and will devour food in cupboards, drawers, pantries and around kitchens. They chew through plastic to eat loaves of bread and their teeth are strong enough to chew through plastic and wood. Mice can use areas behind kitchen cabinets and drawers to get from one place to another and may be hard to notice until a full on mouse infestation has taken hold.
Deer mice are common in rural areas of western US, from Mexico to the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada. In eastern U.S., from Hudson Bay to Pennsylvania, southern Appalachians, Arkansas, and Texas.
Outside, they either move in or make their own home in burrows. Their favorite pieces of real estate are tree hollows, old fence posts, log piles, and abandoned nests and burrows. Inside, they live in wall voids, corners, small places in basements and attics, storage boxes, and stuffed furniture. Their home range is a roomy ½ – 3 acres, with up to 10-15 deer mice per acre in summer.
Their urine and faeces have been associated with hantavirus, so it is necessary that any such evidence is cleaned up and their presence on your property is prevented.
The house mouse can typically be described to have smooth fur, pointed nose, small eyes, large ears with some hair; short and broad feet; dark, hairless, scaly tail. They are extremely nearsighted and could probably use a tiny pair of mouse spectacles. They can only see clearly 6 inches in front of them. Also, they're color-blind. On the other hand, they are natural athletes. They can climb, run up rough walls and along pipes, ropes, and wires, jump 12 inches high and down from 8 feet, and can sometimes swim.
House mice are thought to have originated from Central Asia and made their home in Israel 2,000 years ago, but of course, now they are everywhere. These critters love dark, secluded places with plenty of privacy and comfort to nest in and make nests of paper, fabric, insulation, packing materials and cotton.
House mice love seeds and sweet liquids. They feed mainly at dawn and dusk. They absorb moisture from food, but will also drink water, especially when bulking up their diet with protein.
Mice nests are made up of multiple females sharing the same nest with their own broods. Which can get pretty crowded – pregnancy takes 18-21 days, with 5-8 per litter, 8 litters per year, and 30-35 weaned per year. As a female can have a litter every 40-50 days, there may be more than one litter in the nest at a time. House mice are very social; related males and females are compatible, while unrelated males are aggressive and mature house mice are aggressive toward any and all strangers.
The dangers with house mice lies in what they can gnaw through. Besides making holes through your favorite slippers, a house mouse will eat and contaminate stored food, and transmit disease through droppings, urine, bites, as well as direct contact, or contact with cats, fleas and mites.
White-footed mice are typically found in Eastern U.S. from mid-Maine south to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama; west to Montana, Colorado, and Arizona.
These form nests in hidden places, such as old bird or squirrel nests, burrows, logs, tree stumps or buildings. Soiled nests are abandoned. Its home range is 1/2 to 1-1/2 acres, with 4-12 mice per acre. These mice sometimes stay in the nest, but in cold weather, they may enter homes, garages, sheds and stored vehicles.
White-footed mice feed on seeds, nuts, fruit, beetles, caterpillars and other insects and are nocturnal creatures, active all year. Females begin to breed at 10-11 weeks of age, and have 2-4 litters per year, with 2-6 young per litter. Pregnancy is about 3 weeks long. Life span is 2-3 years in the wild, 5 or more in captivity.
Being structural pests, these mice can cause damage to rural, outbuilding, shed-type buildings and in suburban homes near woods. They damage furnishings and stored food. They are also carriers of Hantavirus, which is transmitted by inhalation of dust contaminated with urine and droppings of infected mice.
Mice target homes and businesses because they provide easy access to the conditions they need to survive. This includes shelter, warmth, nesting materials and food. It usually takes a professional trained to spot even the smallest signs of mouse activity. However, there are things you can do around your property to prevent a mouse infestation in the first place. Here are some mouse control tips:
As far as using baits or traps, that is best left to a discussion with a mouse control professional. Each mouse control method involves risks to pests and family members and a lot depends on the infestation and the situation around your home. So, if you find mice around your home, be sure to call Western Exterminator quickly.
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