Mice setup their nests inside near food sources and prefer areas that are warm. Typical nesting sites include appliances, walls, closets, ceilings, furniture, and in stored items. Droppings will be found in any areas that mice frequently travel.
Mice are very opportunistic feeding on insects, seeds, or any other available foods that can be found outside. When food gets scarce in the winter, some of the mice enter nearby buildings to over-winter.
Mice usually only travel 10-30 ft from their nesting sites to obtain food and water sources.
Preparation Sheet for Mice
Please clean the home prior to the pest control visit, this will help eliminate any competing food sources and provide a better product application.
- Remove everything from the bottom cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom: dishes, food, and other small items or appliances. This will allow us to inspect and treat more areas.
- Clean all floors with a cleaner and vacuum any carpeted floors and rugs.
- All appliances (stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and toasters) and surrounding areas must be cleaned to eliminate possible mouse food sources.
- Always keep garbage in closed containers and take out the garbage every night.
- All dishes should be cleaned at the end of each day.
- Remove all items on the top of the stove and refrigerator and the surrounding areas around them.
- There should be a clear path of access for the exterminator to inspect and treat any areas where pests have been seen.
- Any harborage areas (stored items) should be removed from the areas of activity before treatment to eliminate any areas for the pests hide and to allow enough space for the exterminator to inspect all areas and safely perform the treatment.
- Store dry food goods (rice, flour, cereals, pasta and other snacks) as well as pet food in rodent proof containers, such as metal/ plastic containers or move these items to higher shelves where mice cannot get into them.