I see mice in my home! What should I do?
Some of the most common calls we receive from homeowners in Felida relate to mice and rodent infestations.
Mice can be an incredibly difficult infestation for the layperson to deal with because of how difficult it can be to see where the mice are nesting, how many mice you’re dealing with, and precisely how you should be treating them.
But never fear, your local pest control experts are here. Aspen Pest Control specializes in the treatment of mice infestations, and our experienced team of professionals is here to help you rid your home and property of mice so you needn’t worry about the stress, damage, and potential illnesses these creatures can cause.
Read on to learn more about why you have mice, what you can do about your infestation, and how you can prevent mice from coming back.
What are common signs of mice infestations inside the home?
There are many different clues you can look for to help you understand if you have rodents in your home.
- Are there droppings throughout your home about the size of a grain of rice?
- What about chew marks or gnawing on the food in your pantry or cabinet?
- Do you hear scratching or scurrying noises coming from the walls?
- Shreddings such as cardboard, paper, and other materials can be a sign of mice gathering nesting materials
Any combination of the above is a pretty strong indication that you’re dealing with a mouse infestation. So what should you do? In our opinion, you should call a professional.
We’ll help you find the source of your infestation, look for ways that the mice have gotten inside the home, apply professional grade treatments to the infestation in order to control it, and do everything we can to rid them from your home and property.
Why should you call a pest control company for mice and rodents?
Beyond the reasons we already mentioned, it is vitally important that you understand how much timing matters when it comes to treating a mouse infestation. Mice can breed and multiply on an incredibly fast timeline.
At about two months old, a mouse has reached its sexual maturity. After a mouse becomes pregnant, it gives birth just about three weeks later. Each litter of pups is, on average, between 3-14 mice, and a single mouse is capable of having up to 10 litters of pups in a single year.
That’s up to 140 pups per year from a single mouse. Think about what those numbers would look like once those mice started having pups, too.
The average person just doesn’t have the time, training, equipment, experience, or patience to devote so much of themselves to battling a mouse infestation.
But the good news is that we do! We’ll not only help you with the mice you have today, but we’ll give you advice and treatment you’ll need to prevent things from getting out of control in the future.
Why do I have a mouse infestation in the first place?
This one is easy to answer, but for most homeowners, it’s not always easy to see unless it’s explained to them.
You see, believe it or not, you may have unintentionally invited them in!
Here’s what we mean:
All pests are seeking the elements that will help them survive another day. In the best of circumstances, they’ll find themselves in a place where they’re not only surviving, but they’re thriving.
Look around your yard. Do you have any standing water on your property? Mice and other pests use this as a source of water, and certain insects will use it as a place to lay eggs.
Do you keep any recycling or trash bins outdoors? How about compost or bird seed or other types of pet food? Mice have very acute senses of smell, and these scents will attract them to your home. If these materials are in large supply, they’ll take advantage of them, and will start looking for places to nest.
How well kept is your yard? Is the grass trimmed away from the sides of the building and decking and the patio? A yard that is unkempt creates a series of safe pathways for mice to travel undetected by you and by their natural predators.
Now let’s take a look at your home itself. Do you have deferred maintenance that needs to be taken care of, like broken seals on your doors and windows, cracks in your siding or brickwork, or other seemingly small areas that mice can easily pass through? Remember, a very small hole — as small as a dime, in fact — is large enough for a mouse to squeeze itself through.
Bottom line: Your Felida home needs Aspen Pest Control
Our team of pest control specialists is composed of local, vetted, and dedicated people who are committed to giving you the pest control service you need in a manner you can trust.
Our consultations are thorough, and our treatment recommendations are hassle-free.
If you’re concerned you have a rapidly growing mouse infestation, then you have no time to waste. Contact Aspen Pest Control TODAY for your FREE quote.