The most common of all rodents that create a stir for homeowners, the house mouse takes the cake…Literally. Although they prefer seeds and nuts, these opportunistic bandits will eat almost anything they discover and will stop at nothing to find a good meal. They’ve even been known to steal your pet’s food and store it in their own pantry for a rainy day. On average, mice grow to about 3.5 in. (not including tail) and weigh less than an ounce, generally being of light brown or gray to black in color. But don’t let those cute little furry faces fool you! Not only are they urinating and defecating throughout your home, they are also potentially contaminating food and damaging electrical wires. It’s even estimated that Mice/Rats cause about 20-25% of all undetermined house fires. Mice are shy but naturally curious creatures. They typically roam the home at night looking for food, water and nesting sites for their ever growing family.
So how do I know if I have mice?: There are a number of different signs that tip you off to this home invader such as; droppings, foot prints, gnawing/chewing damage, burrow holes/tunnels, sounds, odors and the obvious sighting. Do you ever hear what sounds like movement in the walls or the pitter patter of feet running in the ceiling? You’re not going crazy, there’s a very curious mouse exploring your home and if he finds something he needs, the whole family may move in like a bad holiday.
I didn’t invite them here, so how did they get in? Well, unfortunately you may have put them on the guest list without having a clue. House mice do not travel very far from their nest but they live in close proximity to humans, often in or around houses and fields. They can squeeze their way into any crack or crevice that their head can fit through which is usually the size of a dime or smaller! Many entry points for these rodents may be below ground level and thus very difficult to find especially if your property is slab-on-ground or your basement level is finished.
How can I get rid of these unwanted house guests? Because average mouse colonies number in the dozens, contacting Budget Pest control Inc. regarding Mice Control & Rodent Control is a smart first step. Our fully trained, experienced technicians along with our state on the art trucks, equipment and materials will put these night time trespassers to bed once and for all. And better yet, our Mice Control & Rodent Control treatments are designed to take care of the entire nest so you can rest easy at bedtime.
Contact Us Today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members who will discuss your particular infestation, go over Mice Control treatment options as well as provide you with a quote in a jiffy and offer speedy service to your property seven days a week!
- Mice have the ability to jump as high as 18 inches and can climb vertically up objects such as pipes, gutters and certain types of walls.
- Mice, unlike rats, have very clear eyesight, thought to be as clear as human vision although they cannot sense certain shades in the color spectrum.
- Similar to other members of the animal kingdom, mice have ultra-sensitive whiskers which they use to navigate through their environment, if they lose their whiskers; they will more heavily rely on their eyesight to get through places.
FACT: Mice can swim very well, and if presented as a safer option, will nest in areas of water that they may need to traverse through.
MYTH: Mice eat only small grains, cereals and plants.
FACT: Mice are omnivores and very opportunistic feeders. They will eat anything including household items like soaps, meat and even, at times, their own feces.
MYTH: Mice are active at all times of day, seeking food and shelter.
FACT: Mice are crepuscular (nocturnal), and actually will sleep for the majority of the day. The most common instance of people seeing mice during daylight is mainly due to an overpopulation of a nesting area at which time they will become desperate to establish another nest.
- Mice will move in a “thigmotactic” fashion, which means that they will maintain contact with a vertical surface, and this is evidenced by a trail of either body oils or urine in close quarters to walls or baseboards. They will also use these trails as a signal to other mice that the pathway is safe.
- A huge indicator of mice infesting a home is that materials that could be considered suitable for nesting (including things like home insulation, tissues, fabrics, stuffing) are disturbed or scattered in a wild fashion.
- Feces are also very common in high-traffic areas. Mouse droppings are usually 1/16th-3/16th of an inch long, shaped like skinny pellets, usually with a bulge in the middle and tapered ends (think dark brown rice).