Pest Control: Mice

Dealing with mice in the home can be frustrating. You want to get rid of the mice as quickly as possible, but they seem to keep coming back. Mice are obviously a danger to you and your family. They are known to carry Hantavirus, which is found in the fecal pellets of mice. This virus is actually deadly to humans. Not only do mice carry diseases, but also they like to chew through wiring, which can cause a fire hazard. If you are dealing with a mouse problem, there are a few things that you can do. 


One of the best ways to avoid a mice problem is to keep your home extremely clean. Be sure that there are no lose crumbs on the floor and that the cupboards and the pantries are completely clean. If you can when you mop and clean surfaces, use a citrus or a mint scented cleaner because mice do hate these scents. If you take away the food source of mice and make their life much more difficult, they are much more likely to leave. If you do not feel like you are getting your home clean enough, then you may want to talk with a cleaning professional. 


Killing the mice on your own with traps can also be a very good way to cut down the number of mice in your home. You first want to find a high traffic area. Look for fecal pellets and even stains on the baseboards; this will tell you where the mice have been. Then set a trap near the high traffic area. You obviously want to increase the chance of killing the rodent, so place the trap with the bait on the inside of the room so the mouse has to climb over the tripping mechanism to get the bait. 


If you are still battling mice after a few weeks of killing multiple mice, then you need to get professional help. The technician will come into your house and immediately start looking for the nest. The technician will find the nest and immediately start eradicating all the mice. If the mice feel like the nest has been compromised, they are much more likely to leave the home. The technician will also use poison to kill the mice as they leave. The poison usually takes about three days to kill the mice, and by then they should be out of the home.

For more information, contact a pest control service.