Mice have become comfortable living around humans, and they won’t hesitate to build a cozy nest somewhere in your home. If you see a mouse scurry across the floor into a closet, you likely already have a family or two living with you. Here is what to look for and how to get rid of these unwanted visitors.
An Escalating Problem
A female mouse can have a litter every three weeks with an average of six mice in a litter. In just a few weeks, you can have several nests in your house, all with hungry mouths to feed. If you catch these pests early, you might get rid of them before the population spreads. Otherwise, you’ll need a pest control company to help find and remove all of the nests.
At the first sign of mouse activity, start putting out traps. The traps will deter their movement and limit the places where they can search for food. If they can’t get to any food, they’ll move out of your house. Here are some tips for the effective trapping of these pests:
- Look for droppings, paw prints or urine stains indicating paths that the mice are taking to move around your house.
- Look for spaces around pipes and vents coming into the house from outside where mice may be making their way into your home.
- Use standard mousetraps with a little peanut butter or soft cheese for bait.
- Set the mouse traps along the paths and just inside of any entry points that you’ve found.
- Set multiple traps close together in areas where you observe a lot of mouse activity.
- In tight areas, place two traps a few inches apart to catch mice that attempt to jump over the first trap.
- Don’t touch pets before setting the traps. You’ll transfer their scent to the trap and the mice will avoid it.
- Check the traps frequently and remove dead mice as soon as you can. Other mice will avoid that area until the dead mouse is gone.
- Wear gloves to remove a dead mouse. Their bodies can contain parasites that can be transmitted to people and pets and make them ill.
Continue setting out traps until you see no more mice. If you started early enough, you may have stopped a small nest from expanding. If you continue to see mice after a few days, it’s time to call a pest control company like U.S. Pest Control. The mouse population may have grown larger than you can keep up with using traps.
The Pest Control Approach
To control a large and established mice population, poison bait traps that hide the dead mouse may be placed throughout the house. The pest control people will look for signs of nests in walls, closets, basement and attic and treat them with a mouse repellant. Where your trapping focused on the entryways and paths of the mice, pest control focuses on the active nests.