Facts and Prevention Tips MN
Facts about Mice
- After two months of age, house mice produce 6 to 10 litters of 5 to 10pups per year.
- Like all rodents, mouse teeth never stop growing; they can grow up to 5 inches a year
- Mice can jump down 12 feet without injury; they also have a 13-inch vertical jump.
- Mice chew through anything softer than their teeth, including electrical wire.
- Their whiskers can sense smooth and rough surfaces, temperature changes and breezes.
- Mice may make 20 to 30 visits to different food sites each night.
- Mice can transmit salmonellosis when food is contaminated with infect mouse feces.
- Mice have tails as long as their bodies.
- Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls and other edges.
- Each year in the US alone, rodents cause more than one billion dollars in damage.
- Mice prefer to eat grains, seed and insects as food source but will consume almost any food.
- Mice explore their territory daily, showing no aversion to new objects (neophobia).
- They forage only short distances from their nest, usually not more than 10 to 25 feet.
- Fresh mouse droppings are dark, 1/8 to ¼ inch in length and pointer at both ends.
- Mice can scale rough vertical surfaces and walk along thin ropes and wires.
- Mice see best in dim light. Their eyesight is weak, but their other senses are acute.
- Colonies of mice have been found thriving in the supplies used on polar expeditions.
- The average mouse has a life expectancy of less than 18 months.
- Mice squeak at very high frequencies, often above the range of human hearing.
- Mouse-tails have scales that help with climbing.
- When they are full-grown they weigh between ½ and 1 ounce
- Mice constantly leave droppings and urine in the areas they frequent.
Mice Control Ideas:
- Food spills and soiled dishes should be cleaned promptly
- DO NOT stack lumber, firewood, bricks, pipes or other debris next to foundation.
- Door thresholds and framed fitted with gaskets or brush shields.
- Place dog food, birdseeds and human food inside rodent proof containers.
- Keep shrub, vines and tree limbs trimmed away from structure.
- All gaps should be less than ¼ inch to prevent entry
- Garage removed daily and stored outside in closed containers
- Storage areas organized and clutter-free with access to perimeter walls
- Vents (attic, crawl and dryer) covered with mesh screen (1/4 inch)
How can MN Pest Control Help get rid of my mouse problem?
Once Mice become a problem they can be extremely hard to get rid of. If in a home for a good period of time, a large amount of mice may be living in your attic, foundation or walls without home owners being aware of their presents or damage that is being done. Also, as said earlier they can live off almost nothing. Hiring a Minnesota Animal Management Company is your best bet in getting rid if these rodents once and for all. The professionals have well established techniques and are well experiences in dealing with these pests. Not only will the Pro’s control the animal’s population in your home, they will also ensure they will not come back through proper sealing and guarding of entry points.
Hiring a MN Pest Control Expert also guarantees everyone’s safety and that the job is done correctly.