General Mice Facts
Mice and members of the rodent family are usually smaller than rats. Their bodies weight between 11 and 22 grams, depending on the type of mouse. Mice are amazing climbers and their color is usually grayish brown, and some species have white markings. Mice have poor vision and are colorblind. A mouse’s other sense, especially its hearing, are keen. House mice, deer mice and white footed mice are some of the most common mouse pests in the Unites States. You can tell house mice from the others since their eyes are usually smaller.Can Mice Cause Structural Damage to my home?
House mice cause structural damage to buildings by their gnawing and nest-building activities. In livestock confinement facilities and similar structures, they may quickly cause extensive damage to insulation inside walls and attics. Such damage also occurs in homes, apartments, offices, and commercial buildings but usually at a slower rate because mouse populations in such structures are smaller. House mice often make homes in large electrical appliances, and here they may chew up wiring as well as insulation, resulting in short circuits which create fire hazards or other malfunctions that are expensive to repair. Mice may also damage stored items in attics, basements, garages, or museums. Damaged family heirlooms, paintings, books, documents, and other such items may be impossible to replace.
If I find one mouse….does that mean there’s more?
Mouse sign and visual sightings are of limited value in accurately estimating mouse numbers, but they are the simplest and often the only practical method available. Search premises thoroughly when looking for mice. In structures, searches should include attics, basements, around foundations, crawl spaces, and behind and under stored materials.
One method to detect the presence of mice is to make nontoxic tracking-dust patches of flour or talc at 20- to 30-foot (6- to 9-m) intervals throughout a structure. The number of patches showing tracks after 24 hours, and the abundance of tracks in each patch, indicate the size of the population. Because house mice, unlike rats, do not travel far from their nests or shelter, the percentage of patches showing tracks is a good indicator of the relative size and distribution of the mouse population. Snap trapping is also an excellent way to determine the presence of mice. A relative index of mouse abundance can be calculated from the number of mice trapped for a certain number of traps set during 1 or more nights (for example, 35 mice caught per 100 trap nights).
How can MN Pest Control Help get rid of my mouse problem?
Minnesota Pest Control specialty is the removal of house mice, deer mice and white-footed mice from attics, walls crawlspaces, ceilings, sheds, porches and other hard to reach locations through special mouse trapping techniques, mouse repellents, mouse poisons and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras.
If a mouse has already died under or in your home, porch or business, professional mouse trappers offer Home repair and removal service and can also help clear odors caused by dead mice.
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.