Do you may hear clawing, gnawing or pitter-patter sounds at night? Have you noticed mouse droppings? Mice are notorious for getting into pantries or cabinets to raid food, as well as gnawing on wood or electrical wires. It is important to address any problem with mice because mouse feces and urine can spread diseases, provide an unpleasant odor and attract more mice.
Crawl spaces and the interior of walls provide an ideal environment for mice as shelter from the elements and protection from predators. A crawl space may also provide a good source for food and an entry into the living areas of the house through the wall cavities. Crawl space floor and wall insulation makes a nice nest for mice.
The first step to eliminating mice in your house is to seal off all entry points. Mice have very soft cartilage that enables them to fit their bodies through holes as small as a dime. Since mice have an average of six baby mice per litter with as many as a dozen litters per year, removing all possible places where mice can enter your home is paramount.
After sealing the house and removing food and water sources, the next step is to trap and remove the mice. Depending on your preference, spring-loaded traps or live-catch traps are the best methods to catch mice. These traps are available at your local hardware or big box home improvement stores. The key to catching mice is the placement of the traps.
With a little persistence, you can rid your house of mice. However, if you don’t have the inclination or the time, you can always contact a pest control company to tackle this project.
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