Mice Pest Control
Mice Pest Control – Mice Removal and Trapping
Waltham Pest Control provides residential and commercial mice pest control services throughout Greater Boston Massachusetts. If you have or think you might have a mice problem, then don’t delay and call Waltham Pest Control today to have our pest control technician inspect your home or business and provide you with a mice treatment estimate.
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About House Mice
The house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome and economically important pests in the United States. House mice live and thrive under a variety of conditions in and around homes and farms. House mice consume food meant for humans or pets. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). Their constant gnawing causes damage to structures and property.
House mice are gray or brown rodents with relatively large ears and small eyes. An adult weighs about 1/2 ounce and is about 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, including the 3 to 4 inch tail. Although house mice usually feed on cereal grains, they will eat many kinds of food. They eat often, nibbling bits of food here and there. Mice have keen senses of taste, hearing, smell and touch. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical surface. They will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. They can slip through a crack that a pencil will fit into (sightly larger than 1/4 inch in diameter).
In a single year, a female may have five to 10 litters of usually five or six young each. Young are born 19 to 21 days after mating, and they are mature in six to 10 weeks. The life span of a mouse is about nine to 12 months.
Droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mouse nests, made from fine shredded paper or other fibrous material, are often found in sheltered locations. House mice have a characteristic musky odor that identifies their presence. Mice are occasionally seen during daylight hours.
Mice Prevention, Treatment and Control
Effective mouse control involves sanitation, mouse proof construction and population reduction. When a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction is almost always necessary. Reduction techniques include trapping and poisoning.
Sanitation. Mice can survive in very small areas with limited amounts of food and shelter. Consequently, no matter how good the sanitation, most buildings in which food is stored, handled or used will support house mice if not mouse-proofed. Although good sanitation will seldom eliminate mice, poor sanitation is sure to attract them and will permit them to thrive in greater numbers. Good sanitation will also reduce food and shelter for existing mice and in turn make baits and traps more effective. Pay particular attention to eliminating places where mice can find shelter. If they have few places to rest, hide or build nests and breed young, they cannot survive in large numbers.
Prevention methods should always be practiced in order to maintain a rodent-free home. Keep possible food sources away from rodents. Small crumbs and garbage are popular sources of food for rodents. Waste from fruits and vegetables should disposed of properly and never left in sinks or on counters. Cardboard items are attractive to rodents because they tend to chew them up for use in their nests.
Traps and baits are effective however, they can be toxic to humans and pets. Baits are placed in tamper-proof bait stations and secured. There are many different types of traps so find one that best suits your needs. Repellents may also be used to deter rodent populations. Both natural and chemical-based repellents are commercially available and are also effective. The smells of some plants, such as eucalyptus, wormwood and mint, can deter rodents. Repellent dusts produced by manufacturers work in much the same way.
Sound-based repellents are also very effective at keeping rodents from infesting your home. They emit sound at a frequency that too high for humans to recognize but very disturbing for rodents. The down side of this method is that the sound-based repellents also bother house pets. Although all of these methods work to varying degrees, working with a professional exterminator is often your best long term solution.