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House Mice Control and Removal

House Mice (Mus musculus)

Activity/Behavior:

mouse control and removal

While inside the home, house mice may breed all year long. Female mice can produce up to 50 young per year. Although mice are primarily active at night, some day activity is not uncommon. They prefer to nest in any dark, sheltered location. This may include attics, basements, crawl spaces, and even inside your home. Mice can produce up to 70 droppings per day which is the first indication of mice infestations. The typical activities experienced in an infestation include light scratching in ceilings and walls at night. Other characteristics may include droppings, evidence of gnawing, and chewing on food products.

Dangers:

  • DISEASES: Salmonella food poisoning, Rickettsial Pox, Meningitis, Leptospirosis, Rat-bite fever, Ray fungus, Ringworm, and dermatitis.
  • FIRE HAZARDS

Effective Control Methods:

In order to effectively remove an infestation of mice, first involves the proper identification of infested areas. Common infested areas include attics, basements, garages, and even within the living quarters of the home. In order to rid an infestation of mice within attics, poison bait packets are recommended. In basements and crawl spaces, bait boxes are recommended to be placed along walls; glue boards may be used in conjunction with this effort. The same technique may also be used to treat garages with the exception of glue boards since they tend not to be as effective in cold weather periods. It is not recommended to use poison to treat infestations within the living quarters for two reasons. The first reason is that mice travel back and forth to the poison bait stations; they may spread the poison to objects which may in turn create a health hazard to pets and humans. The second reason is mice that ingest the poison may not make it outside before they die and in turn, may cause a bad odor. In these instances, it is often difficult and costly to remove. Once the areas have been treated, it will take approximately 10 days for the mice to find, ingest the poison, and leave the home. After 10 days have passed, it is recommended that repairs be performed in order to prevent further infestations.