Mice Removal and Control
Signs of a mouse infestation include: droppings ¼” long (behind appliances, in cabinets, on counters or floors), unusual musky odors and even odd pet behavior.
Mice contaminate food, floors and even counters with urine and feces in search of food sources every night. Pet food can become extremely problematic for rodent baiting programs because pet food contains high levels of vitamin K that can counteract the effects of most rodent baits.
Mice can fit through any entry points ¼” or larger and typically gain entry through existing gaps or holes in the foundation walls, under exterior doors, ventilation openings and around utility pipes. Mice typically enter homes in the fall to overwinter. Mice travel along runways close to the walls or around stored items. Mice feed on multiple food sources and feed on a wide variety of foods within 10 – 30 feet of their nesting location. Nests are created in wall voids, cabinets, furniture, or in cluttered areas.
Tamper-resistant mouse bait stations are used to contain baits and/or traps. The risk of secondary poisoning exposure for pets is extremely low if the proper rodent baiting practices are followed when using rodenticides. Bait stations are installed behind appliances, inside cabinets, basement and other void areas. Mice are extremely curious and will readily check out new things placed in their environment, so control can be achieved quickly if sanitation and maintenance issues are addressed by the homeowner and/or tenant.
In commercial buildings, wall voids, cabinets, desks, lockers, stored items, appliances, and drop ceilings can be potential breeding sites. Rodent damage to products can be greatly reduced if they are stored on pallets at least 6-8 inches off the floor and at least 12” away from walls and other stored items.
Outside, mice are very opportunistic feeding on insects, seeds and any other available foods that can be scavenged. Mice enter nearby buildings in search of food and shelter in the winter when it becomes cold and food sources are limited.
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.