Mice Removal Control and Extermination Detailed Info
There are a few important steps for successful Mouse Control.
1. Entry Points:
2. Exterior Structure:
4. Treating the inside your home:
Sealing all entry points is vital; with out this step done thoroughly one may expect a reoccurrence of a mouse infestation.
One May not be able to seal every hole on your house but you may be able to seal those closest to the ground where mice are found.
Sealing any potential openings around the structure will help.
- Maintaining garage door seals
- Sealing around service wires or pipes entering your home.
- Ensuring windows and door close tightly.
- Screening brick gaps around the base of your house.
- Good general home maintenance
As well as the above step, clearing all debris around your structures will help in keeping mice away. Mice prefer clutter to hide in so keeping the exterior walls of your house clutter free will help greatly.
In the cooler weather mice will be attracted to warm structures and if there is clutter against the exterior walls this will give the mice the security to explore for any opening.
Good general yard maintenance:
- Cutting grass.
- Trimming bushes.
- Removing fallen fruit.
- Removing debris, hiding areas.
- Removing water sources.
- Remove Bird feeder until the problem is resolved.
Doing all of the above will aid in keeping mice away from your yard.
Treating inside your home:
An interior inspection should be conducted to determine population size and to look for water leaks.
Treating inside your home with Rodenticide. Placed in attics and other hotspots will rid your home of mice quickly.
The Mouse Bait placed in tamper proof stations will ensure your family and pets do not come in contact with the bait.
Any bait used for mice is safe to place inside the home as it does not off gas and is only dangerous if consumed.
The bait will last a considerable amount of time before the active ingredient lessens in effectiveness giving you some time to seal any entry points that the mice are using.
If you choose to use snap traps, use peanut butter as bait, it will stick to the food tray and not fall off.
Place traps in active area where droppings have been found.
Place traps perpendicular to the wall with the striking hammer going in towards the wall. This will allow for mice approaching from either direction to triggering the trap.
Keeping your homes sanitation levels heightened during treatment will help greatly as the reduction of food sources will force the mice to feed on the placed bait.
Pet food should be removed after your pets feeding times and not left out during the evening.
Pet food is a perfect and desired food for mice. Most pet foods contain vitamin K, which can make the mouse bait inert, as vitamin K is an antidote for the blood thinner, which is the active ingredient in mouse bait.
General Mouse Information
A mouse is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The best-known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). The American white-footed mouse and the deer mouse also can be found in homes.
Although mice may live up to two and a half years in captivity, the average mouse in the wild lives only about four months, primarily owing to heavy predation. Nevertheless, because of its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, and its ability to live commensally with humans, the mouse is regarded to be the second most successful mammalian genus living on Earth today, after humans.
Mice can at times be harmful pests, gnawing of wires in your home, damaging and eating crops and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In western North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse feces has been linked to the deadly Hantavirus.
Mice range in size from 5 to 21 cm (2 to 8 inches) long. They weigh from .25 to 2 oz (7.1 to 57 g). The coat colour ranges from white to brown to grey. Most mice have a pointed snout with long whiskers, round ears, and thin tails. Many mice scurry along the ground, but some can hop or jump.
Breeding onset is at about 50 days of age in both females and males, although females may have their first estrus at 25-40 days. Mice are polyestrous and breed year round; ovulation is spontaneous.
The average gestation period is 20 days. The average litter size is 10-12 during optimum production, but is highly strain dependent. As a general rule, inbred mice tend to have longer gestation periods and smaller litters than out bred and hybrid mice. The young are called pups and weigh 0.5-1.5 g (0.018-0.053 oz) at birth, are hairless, and have closed eyelids and ears. Cannibalism is uncommon, but females should not be disturbed during parturition and for at least 2 days postpartum. Pups are weaned at 3 weeks of age; weaning weight is 10-12 g (0.35-0.42 oz).
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