Why You Have a Mice Issue?
When conditions are not good outside, like winter for example. Mice will seek shelter, heat, food, and water. In Canada Deer Mice and House Mice are the most common. In cities mice often move indoors if there isn’t much underbrush, tall grass, or fields to take cover in. Unlike some species of mice, the ones likely to move into your home are not typically burrowers. They need to find shelter to survive.
House mice seek out dark secluded spaces in your home like inside walls, floor joist space, attics, garages, and pantries. They build nests from insulation, paper, and discarded scraps they find. They stay away until its quiet then they emerge seeking food, and water. If you don’t own a cat, they have the added bonus of no predators which are common outside. There are a lot of good reasons to invade your home.
Identifying the Intruder
The typical Deer and House Mouse can be up to 6.5” long and about 2.5” high. Most of their length includes a tail. They have brownish grey hair covering their body and lighter colored bellies. Deer mice have white feet whereas house mice have pink bald feet. They both have oversized ears that make them look rather cute. But don’t let their appearance make you think you can cohabitate.
Why You Should Do Something?
Mice contaminate household surfaces with urine and feces. Plates, cutlery, open food, tables, sinks, water sources, things you touch daily. They carry and transmit diseases to humans, some of which there are no known cures for. Yes, they can kill you. As cute as they are, they’re dirty and not good houseguests. They are said to contaminate 10 times more food than they consume. They are known to carry hantavirus, salmonellosis, and carry parasites throughout your home.
On top of everything they contaminate, they can do a lot of damage to your home as well.
How Can I Stop Mice form Invading My Home?
Look for evidence and confirmation they have moved in. Check your walls for holes and scuffs, a mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. Look in cupboards and dark spaces for tiny mouse droppings. Check wiring for gnaw marks and missing insulation. Empty bird feeder, get rid of garbage, keep things clean and limit their food sources. Remove vegetation from building exterior walls and seal any small cracks or holes (access points) with caulking (Rodent Stop Rodent Proofing Compound). Remove any potential water sources as well. Keep doors and windows closed and install good weather strip on doors when they wear out.
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Products for Mouse Control
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More facts About Mice
- Mice have big appetites. Although mice have tiny stomachs, they eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Therefore, they often build their homes near food sources.
- They are mini gymnasts. Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump 30 cm into the air, they can easily climb onto kitchen counters or cupboards to find food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, use hard plastic containers with tightly sealed lids.
- Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. Therefore, small openings invite them into your home. Prevent mice from coming inside by sealing any openings on the outside with a silicone or caulk.
- They do not usually live long. In the wild, mice usually only last about five months, largely due to predators like cats, snakes, and foxes. In a lab or as a pet, mice can live for up to two years.
- Mice are not potty-trained. One house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day? They also pee constantly while they walk.
- One mouse can turn into an infestation fast! A female mouse can give birth when two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year!