Do you sometimes hear scratching noises coming from somewhere in the walls? Have you caught a glimpse of something darting across the room and wondered if you were seeing things? What is that strange, lingering, musty smell that you can’t find the source of? And what are those little rice-sized black pellets in the bottom of the drawer and under the microwave cart? The most likely answer is that you have mice.
How To Get Rid Of Mice In Your House
Once you know how to spot the clues they leave behind, it’s not hard to spot a mouse problem.
Mice tend to use the same pathways as they travel through your living space and stay close to walls. They leave a urine trail behind, as mice drip urine constantly as they walk. They may clamber through drawers and even climb to scurry across counter areas if they find food there. The spots where they stop and eat are where you will find droppings. You may also see signs of gnawing on boxes or other food containers.
But because they generally come out only at night, mice can go undetected for quite a while. They don’t need much food to survive and they can slip into small spaces. Unfortunately, they can use this time to breed and increase their numbers so that by the time you discover their presence, you could have a large infestation.
If you suspect you have mice, it’s important to keep floors and counter areas free of food and food crumbs. Store your food in chew-proof containers and in high cupboards with doors that close.
Mice Exterminators: When To Call The Experts
Mice pose many serious health risks and so, once discovered, it is important to act quickly to eliminate mice from your home. At AJB Pest & Termite, our trained technicians provide the best way to get rid of mice with pest control solutions that are both effective and safe for you and your family.
Unfortunately, many of the methods that homeowners may use to try to eliminate a mouse problem are messy and ineffective. Even if you manage to trap or kill a mouse or two, it’s unlikely that your mouse problem is over. Remember, there’s no such thing as one mouse. If you see one, there are many more.
If you have noticed any of the above signs or suspect you may have mice, contact us. We can determine if you have a mouse problem and eliminate it before it becomes an infestation.
It starts small: phantom noises in the middle of the night; a missing apple from the table; is that skittering in the wall? And then the undeniable proof: droppings in the hall. Rid the mice in your home.
Once you’ve established that mice are living in your house, it is imperative to act quickly. Mice are curious and will get into every corner or space they find. They eat through cardboard and plastic to get to the food. They carry disease (salmonella, hantavirus, and others) all over the house. And most important, they reproduce very quickly. Two mice can become a large family within a few short weeks.
What steps can you take to get rid of them?
- Thoroughly clean your house. You want to make your home uncomfortable for the mice. They won’t come into or leave, a location without food and warmth. Make sure you’re wiping down counters, sweeping and vacuuming floors and clearing clutter frequently, possibly several times per day. Keep food sealed and put away. Locate the mouse’s nest and clean it out. Sanitize any counters and cabinets where mice have been.
- Clear outside the house. You want to make your yard as uncomfortable to the mice as your house. Clean up your landscaping and trim the bushes, especially near the house. Tightly cover all outdoor trash containers. Organize sheds and garages to eliminate hiding places where mice may want to live and breed.
- Call in the experts. Mice instinctually stay hidden, making it difficult to rid your home of these pests. A trained eye will see holes and signs that the average person may miss. Your house needs a thorough inspection, inside and out. The best defense is a good offense and sealing off entrance points to your home will prevent the problem from growing. To deal with the mice already in your home, an expert can identify where the mice are spending their time and set traps accordingly. They will also be able to properly dispose of mice once they’re trapped.
If you follow these three steps, you will quickly and efficiently get your mouse problem under control. Contact us at AJB to arrange your inspection today!