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Why do you have mice?
Mice are getting in your property using entry points which are opening greater than a quarter of an inch. Those opening can be crack around the property foundation, space under door, vent opening on the side of the building and on the roof.
Why the traps you install are not enough to get rid of mice?
Because they will not risk to get food from a source they don’t trust unless they have no other choice. If your property is not clean and is full of crumbs of food under appliances, floor, bedroom then they will avoid traps. It is important to keep food in the fridge, freezer, glass jar and sealed plastic bin. Mice can dig through paper bags easily.
What we do to control mice
Step 1: Sealing Entry Points
Preventing mice to come in is the first and most important action. At the exception of winter where snow prevent to see crack around the foundation and roof that is too slick to go unto, we will offer you to have our assessment team to find all the entry points, take measurement and give you a quote to fix them all. We can also provide you the complete list and you can decide to do them yourself if your budget is tight.
Step 2: Sanitation
We provide a report of all the source of food that mice will go for before going for the traps. This is your responsibility to follow our recommendations to maximize the mice removal and extermination process.
Step 3: Traps installation
We install different category of traps that are safe for kids or pets as they are out of reach or inside tempered station that only the technician has the key. We can start with this step directly if you do not want to go through step 1 and 2 but the success of the mice extermination won’t be guaranteed. If step 1 and 2 are performed, we offer a 6 months guarantee on our mice extermination process.
ABOUT RODENTS, MICE AND SQUIRRELS
Rodents are the group of mammals who have a pair of long front teeth (incisors) that continue to grow throughout their life. Rodents belong to the class of Rodentia which specifically includes all the small mammals having long incisors. These animals use their long teeth for gnawing and that’s how they cause so much trouble wherever they go.
Have you ever seen a rodent? Well, you encounter rodents on a daily basis within your surroundings. The most common rodents that you see are hamsters, rats, mice, guinea pigs and squirrels. They wander around your house jumping from one corner to the other causing potential health hazards.¹
What Do Mice Eat?
Mice are like all other rodents. They are omnivores so they can feed upon both plants and other animal products. Most rodents rely on plant-based foods because it is easy to find and doesn’t involve any fighting or capturing. But rodents like mice or rats have a more carnivore nature. They love eating meat products. They can easily attack and capture their prey when they’re hungry.
With their strong ever-growing sharp teeth, rodents can easily chew through any hard stuff. No matter what comes in the way, wood, wire, leather, etc rodents can bore a hole in almost anything.²
Where Do Mice Live?
Rodents usually have very crafty nature and extremely flexible bodies. They can easily dive into thin holes or fit into small spaces, trying to get to the food source.
Rodents usually live inside the earth. They drill down holes in the ground and live inside. They often come out to seek food and wander around. They prefer their shelters to be compact and cozy. In the surroundings of humans, rodents usually live in the basement, cabinets or the attic.¹
The Life Cycle Of Mice:
Learning about the lifecycle of rodents can help you understand why rodents are dangerous. The maturation and gestation period of rodents vary based on their species.
- Mice have a very short maturation period. They quickly reach to their sexual maturity age which is just 4-8 weeks. Their gestation period is also very short i.e., in only three weeks. Moreover, a single mother is capable of giving birth to 5 to 6 new babies.
- House rats have a longer maturation period than mice. They take 8-12 weeks to reach their sexually maturity age. But their gestation period is equally short as mice i.e., about 3 weeks. A rat mother gives birth to 4-8 babies per litter.
Mice living indoors receive a sound supply of food and shelter without any risk of predators. So, they can breed more comfortably all year as compared to outdoor rodents. Moreover, Mice can breed throughout their lifecycle which is why they can cause harm more quickly than you think.³
How to Prevent Mice from Causing Harm?
Once you figure out which type of rodents are populating your house, you should immediately take action. You can either use mouse traps or poison baits to kill them. But if their growth has gone out of control, it’s better to call the pest control exterminator. Professional rodent control team has special equipment and effective methods that can eliminate your rodent problem from the very root.⁴
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- Htwe NM, Singleton GR, Maw PP. et al. 2017 Post-harvest impacts of rodents in Myanmar; how much rice do they eat and damage? Pest Manag Sci. 2017 Feb;73(2):318-324.
- Marchlewska-Koj A. et al. 1997. Sociogenic stress and rodent reproduction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 1997 Sep;21(5):699-703.
- Mohan Rao A. et al. 2006. Preventive measures for leptospirosis: rodent control. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2006 Oct;24(4):325-8.