Mice are not a pest you can live with. Throwing a few traps under the sink is only a band aid. It won't keep mice out of your house. And, it won't keep your family safe from the diseases and illnesses they spread. You need to get proactive. Here's what you need to know about detecting mice, what threats they pose, and how to protect your family.
First, determine if you have a mouse in your home. You may have heard thumping or scrapping in your walls, but are those sounds coming from a mouse, or something else? Bats, squirrels, roaches, and other pests make similar noises. Determining which pest you have is important in knowing what you need to do to get rid of them.
Droppings in the back of your silverware drawer or behind your cereals boxes is a good indication. But make sure you are looking at mouse droppings, and not roach droppings. Mouse droppings are round in the middle and taper off to a point. The typical mouse dropping is ¼ of an inch. If you find smaller droppings, that have a similar shape, this is a sign that mice are not only living in your house, they're breeding kids as well.
Feces stuck to the wall is a good indication that you have roaches--not mice. Mice don't have the ability to traverse walls, like roaches do.
Chewed holes in your walls and through food boxes is another sure sign of mouse activity. Mice are rodents, and rodents are animals that gnaw, to wear down their constantly growing incisors.
Mice have the potential to bring a ton of infection into your home. They spread diseases like lassa fever, leptospirosis, pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, salmonellosis, and more. They also carry bacteria in on their fur and in their bellies, leaving it on plates, silverware, and in food. They are also an infection to your home. They chew on wires, insulation, sheetrock, and wood as they travel through your wall voids to access food throughout your home.
There are many exclusion methods you can implement, like sealing your food in hard plastic containers, covering trash in your kitchen, refraining from leaving pet food out, using a caulking gun to seal holes, keeping woodpiles and construction materials away from your exterior walls, and more. But the single best way to keep mice from dwelling in your home and contaminating your food is to hire a professional pest company. They safely trap and remove any mice that are already in your home, clean and disinfect contaminated areas, and show you exclusion methods specific to your situation. The pros know how to make sure those mice are gone, and how to make it very difficult for them to come back. Contact Rottler today for more information on how to keep your home safe from rodents this fall!