It has been a while since our last blog post. We have entered our busiest season of the year – all employees are working overtime trying to service each of our customers as quick and efficiently as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding!
This Pick-A-Pest blog is dedicated to MICE. These nocturnal rodents seem to squeeze through the slightest crack of your home to nibble on your pantry goods. Most of our calls in May and June have been about ANTS – so many ants everywhere! But there have also been numerous calls about mice. Mice, just as much as other household pests like roaches, ants, and spiders, are not typically welcomed in your personal space. Yet, they seem to find their way at some point or another.
Let’s start at the basics of who, what, why about mice.
A mouse is a rodent typically two to four inches in length not including the tail. It can be grey or various shades of brown. Two of the most common signs of a mouse in your home is finding their droppings or damaged pantry goods. No one wants see either of these things within there home. More than likely if you see a mouse race by then assume there are a few family members hiding somewhere nearby. A mouse can also be a carrier of various, deathly diseases that humans can contract if they come in contact with the mouse. No one wants that!
So, how do you treat and prevent these rodents from entering your home? We all know the stereotypical mouse trap with a slice of cheese. But that isn’t always the best course of action. First, you want to make sure any crevice or small opening around the perimeter of your home is sealed. Even the smallest of cracks the size of a pencil tip is big enough for a mouse to slip through.
Ways to help prevent mice:
Seal any crack or crevice with STEEL WOOL or silicone-based caulk
Store food and edibles in glass/metal or hard-plastic containers that can be sealed tightly
Keep your home free of crumbs and other attractions like cardboard
These easy to do steps can help reduce your chances of every having mice in your home. Unfortunately, they do not always deter mice. When the prevention steps fail give us a call. We can help set mice traps that are safe for your children and pets. We are able to locate the “runway” of the mouse/mice to help with exclusion methods. Once we are able to find the entrance path, we can better treat the issue correctly and efficiently.