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The most common mice removal & rodent control call we receive is for house mice and they mainly reside in dwellings that people occupy. Mice will typically look for stored food and shelter. They can vary in color from white to grey to light brown or black. They have short hair and a light belly. The ears and tail on house mice have little hair.
Mice have excellent smell, hearing and vision. Their size allows them to enter homes with as little as ¼” opening. Once they have taken refuge in a home, they will use the restroom in any area their heart desires. It doesn’t matter if they are in the pantry, on the counter-top, in the cabinets or in the attic. Mice can be found in and around homes and commercial structures, as well as in open fields. Mice primarily feed on plants but are omnivorous and will feed on whatever is available. The urine of house mice has a very strong odor and can lead to significant damage to insulation in attics or crawl spaces. One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mice population can increase exponentially.
Mice can transmit diseases, some of which are deadly so it is best to have a mice removal expert deal with this situation. Once the mice have successfully been removed, it is best to disinfect areas where the mice have nested.
Because of the small openings that mice can squeeze through, this makes it a very difficult problem to solve. The key to successful mice removal & rodent control is to seal up all potential entry points around the foundation perimeter of the house. In conjunction with the exclusion work, it is best to use the trapping method. Snap traps are best, but large rat glue boards with some peanut butter work as well. Trap placement should be in areas they are present such as under the sink, behind the refrigerator and in the pantry. The most common places that homeowners do not put traps is all throughout the entire crawl space or basement. Also there needs to be traps on all corners of the attic as well.
The most common misconception by homeowners is to seal areas inside the house. Mice are coming from outside, so once they are in the house it doesn’t matter how many rolls of steel wool you shove under the sink, the mice will find there way around it. All sealing needs to be done around the outside such as pipes leading into the house such as gas lines, water lines and h vac lines. In many cases when mice have made their way in to the attic they will follow h vac lines that lead up to the furnace in the attic. Expandable foam from the local hardware store is not a good exclusion material. Once the foam dries it becomes almost like paper and the mice can easily get their teeth on it. They will typically saw right through this material. The best material is pure silicone. This material has more of a rubbery texture and is not an easy substance that mice can get their teeth on.