For centuries, homeowners have been fighting against mice. With this much time to scheme and prep, many ways to deal with mice have been thought up. Some strategies work, others seem like they should work, and then others don't help at all. Today we will be myth-busting some wrong ways to get rid of mice here in Dover, and determining what solutions actually work.
Before we talk about ways you should and should not deal with mice, let’s make sure you have a mouse problem in the first place. Of course, if you have seen a live mouse running along your baseboards, you most likely have a mouse problem. If this isn’t the case, here are some signs you can keep an eye out for.
- Rice sized droppings in the backs of drawers, inside pantries, and around other areas mice frequently travel
- Grease streaks along baseboards
- Gnaw marks on furniture legs
- Small holes chewed through walls
- Outlets and light bulbs ceasing to work with no explanation
- Unusual behavior from pets
- The smell of urine in the air
- Scampering noises late at night
The Don’ts Of Mouse Control
When you type in “mouse control” on Google, you will find a thousand sites telling you a thousand solutions. The trick is, finding the solutions that work best. If you want solutions that work, avoid using the following:
- Cat Urine
- Fabric Sheets
The biggest downside to these methods is that they are smell-based deterrents. If they work at all, they will not work forever, especially if mice have already invaded your home. A few unpleasant odors are not going to stop them from scavenging for food when hungry and generally causing trouble. During winter, these scent-based deterrents work even less effective, as there is not much that will stop a mouse looking for a way out of the bitter cold.
Different Mouse Traps
For years, companies have been prototyping and coming up with new forms of mouse traps. Some work great. Others, not so much. The biggest problem with mouse traps is that they do not usually solve the whole problem. The goal is to exterminate or catch every mouse, correct? This is made difficult when more than 4 rodents are present within the walls of your home. To put this into perspective, a mouse can give birth to a litter of 3 - 14 young every 19-21 days. This means if you don’t catch all 4 mice before a month passes, they will grow in population exponentially, making your troubles that much worse.
Some Ways You Can Deter Mice
In our experience in dealing with mice, we have found that the best way to keep them away from homes is by limiting their access to food, water, and shelter. If your home does not yet have a mouse problem, here are some prevention tips you can use to keep them away.
- Make sure your trashcans have tight-fitting lids.
- Pick up messes and spills as they happen and clean regularly.
- Pick up pet food and water bowls before going to bed at night.
- Fix any leaky piping around your home.
- Store leftover foods away using sealable plastic containers.
- Keep your yard debris-free and store firewood at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
- Make sure your screens are rip and tear-free.
- Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
The Best Way To Keep Mice Away
Here at Green Pest Management, we are in the business of getting and keeping rodents such as mice out of homes. With solutions tested and proven, you can trust your home will have the best protection available when we are done.
Dealing with a current rodent infestation? We have a solution for that as well. With just one phone call, we will send one of our qualified technicians your way ASAP. No matter the size of your infestation, they have an answer to meet your needs. Quick, easy, and stress-free, as pest control should be. Reach out to Green Pest Management today.