There are many ways to discover mice. You may open a shed to get something out of storage and have one of these little pests scurry to a wall, run out the door, and disappear under something too heavy to move. You may go into an attic space, open the drawer of a stored dresser and have a mouse hop right out. You may hear mice in your walls. You may find droppings but not see any mice. You may smell urine and wonder, "Do I have mice?" Mice can be mysterious and frustrating to deal with when they get into your Pasadena home. They're small and resourceful critters that access areas of your home that you can't. It is hard to get rid of mice because they're so elusive.
If you're finding evidence of mice or hearing mice sounds in your walls, there are a few things you should know about those tiny rodents. Join us as we look at the common habits and behavior of mice, what to expect from mice in your home, and some of the challenges of catching mice. Then, we'll share some of the ways a pest professional deals with house mice. If you have a mouse problem and want a professional to take a look, remember that you can navigate to our contact page at any time for professional rodent pest control in Pasadena. We're always happy to assist you.
Habits And Behaviors Of Common House Mice
House mice are aptly named. They love living in houses. In fact, house mice can get inside a house and stay indoors permanently. If you detect mice in your home and take time and energy to seal any possible entry points those mice may have used to get into your home, your infestation can still grow. The mice in your home don't need to have more mice from the outside joining them. They make mice—and lots of them. Mice reproduce quickly. In theory, one female mouse can give rise to 5,000 individual mice in a year. She can do this because her offspring can mate with each other in as little as four weeks. The limiting factor is access to food resources. The last thing you want is for mice to find a plentiful food source in or around your home.
House mice set up house inside your home. They'll create nests in some of the strangest places. You can tell they've created a nest because you'll find soft material gathered into the spot. Mice gather soft materials from stored items, such as mattresses, box springs, couch cushions, and clothing. They move these materials to other stored items, such as dresser drawers. Mice prefer to create their nests in wood voids and often make nests inside walls, floors, and ceilings. You may also find mice living inside a couch cushion or another object from which they gather materials. It depends on the situation.
Mice prefer to live as close to food as possible. While they definitely live in attic spaces, they'll prefer to live in the walls of your kitchen and pantry. They do this so that they can easily go out, get a bite to eat, and go back to the nest and rest. A mouse eats 15 to 20 times a day. Sure, they don't eat much at each meal, but food is the most important thought in the mind of a little mouse.
House mice are domestic rodents but they aren't domesticated. While they are comfortable in domestic settings and live in close proximity to humans, they're still wild. One of the things wild mice do is leave their waste everywhere. They also leave waste where they sleep, which is one of the reasons mice are a health concern.
Can Mice In My Home Really Make Me Sick?
A mouse doesn't seem like much of a threat. Some people keep mice as pets. How bad can they be? But a pet mouse doesn't freely crawl around inside your home, leaving its waste as it goes. A pet mouse doesn't chew holes in your stored food packages and contaminate the food inside. Most of all, a pet mouse doesn't crawl in dirty places in and around your home or get into trash. Wild mice do. When they get into dirty places, they can pick up harmful microorganisms and spread them to everything they touch with their fur. If you have flu-like symptoms, your sickness may have a connection to the mice in your home.
Another way mice can make you sick is one that may surprise you. Mice carry ticks and fleas. In fact, one itty bitty mouse can have a hundred seed ticks on its body! When those baby ticks grow, they'll jump off that mouse and look for a larger animal. Both ticks and fleas have the ability to spread diseases, such as bartonellosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and many more. Some diseases spread by ticks are dangerous.
The good news with house mice is that they can take to living exclusively indoors. If you keep every inch of your home clean, you can reduce the ability for the mice in your home to pick up microorganisms and move them to sensitive areas. Indoor mice are also less likely to pick up ticks and fleas.
Why Won't Mouse Traps Get Rid Of The Mice?
You may know that traps are the primary way to collect and remove mice from a structure. What you may not know is that it isn't easy to catch mice, and catching a few mice doesn't mean you're infestation is gone. Let's take a moment to break these facts down so you can see the big picture.
Mice are curious animals and will check out the traps you lay down, but they're gifted with a powerful sense of smell. If they smell you on your traps, they may avoid the traps. If they smell a faint aroma of the mouse you caught yesterday, they'll definitely avoid the trap.
Mice have poor eyesight and run along walls. When traps aren't placed against walls, a mouse may not encounter them.
Mice are fast. Have you ever found a trap sprung, but no mouse in the trap? The reason is that the little mouse moved fast enough to avoid the hammer.
Mice are timid and cautious. Have you ever found a trap with no food on the latch? This is because a mouse can get all the food off without causing the trap to spring.
Mice don't eat what you think they eat. Did you grow up watching cartoon mice going after cheese? Cheese is actually not a preferred food for mice. They may ignore traps that have cheese. It is far better to use peanut butter. Mice love nuts, and peanut butter is nice and sticky. It holds to the latch.
If you lay traps, you will catch mice eventually. We're sure you'll learn what you're doing wrong and correct your strategy, but catching a few mice and not seeing any more mice in your traps does not mean your infestation is gone. Mice are smart. They learn.
Mice are quiet. You can catch a few mice and no longer hear mice in your walls. That does not mean the mice are gone. When you think mice are gone and they actually aren't, you allow them to continue to impact your health and damage your property.
Do you see the problem? Mice are mysterious and resourceful animals that can cause problems when they get into your home. Let's look at some of the ways licensed pest control professionals will handle a mouse problem.
How Exterminators Get Rid Of Mice
Modern pest management professionals perform exterminations, but they are no longer just exterminators. A pest control technician is a licensed, trained, and experienced professional. Your technician will inspect your home, evaluate the conditions of infestation, and apply a multi-pronged plan that includes much more that the deployment of traps. Your technician is aware of the behavior patterns and food and habitat preferences. Your technician knows what routes mice use to enter homes and how to seal those entry points to prevent access. More than anything else, a trained and experienced professional knows how to monitor mouse activity and perform inspections to ensure that no mice remain. If you have a mouse problem, it pays to hire someone with the specialized knowledge to deal with those tricky and clever rodents.
Are you in Pasadena? If so, contact Accutech Pest Management to arrest a mouse infestation and to keep mice away from your home. Our technicians know what is required to locate and remove mice. We also know how to keep mice out of your house. You don't have to live with these sneaky and potentially harmful pests! Give us a call or jump to our contact page to drop us a line. We'll help you find a solution and get you the results you want.
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