It has been a busy season, and rodent control has is a year-round problem. We speak a lot about rats and squirrels.
However, mice are also frequent visitors to attics and homes throughout Texas - especially in Austin, San Marcos, and Houston. Take some time to familiarize yourself with mice to know what you’re dealing with. Education is always the first step in animal removal or rodent removal.
Mice Control Tip #1
When it comes to mice, they invade over 21 million homes throughout the country every year. We see mice and rodents, in general, spike between October and February. Mice and other rodents enter your home looking for scarce food, water, and shelter.
Mice Control Tip #2
Once these little guys are inside, they can do some damage. Mice are tiny but have huge appetites. Mice will eat fifteen to twenty times a day and still keep their girlish figure. Lucky! So when we consider the amount of time spent eating, it should be no surprise that mice will build their nest close to their food sources.
Mice Control Tip #3
Mice are little rodenty gymnasts. Believe it or not, mice can jump, climb, and swim like you wouldn’t believe. These little guys can jump a foot into the air. This is why it's so easy for them to get on top of kitchen counters or get to the food on shelves in the pantry. The only way to keep them out of food for sure is with hard plastic tightly sealed containers.
Mice Control Tip #4
Not only are they little gymnasts, but they are also Houdini’s with wishers and big ears. A mouse can squeeze through openings as small as a dime with no problem. If you look throughout your home, you will certainly find holes in this size all over the place. Many doorways will have some gaps around or underneath them. Your AC unit conduit lines are a good place to look. If you find a hole around this line in the exterior of your wall use some steel wool and caulk to patch it up. Also, look on the roof and you will see a million gaps a mouse can fit through. These gaps could be roof vents, pipes, or intersects. If you really take a good look you will be surprised how many gaps there really are. To prevent these entry points always remember, caulk goes a long way!
Mice Control Tip #5
A mouse’s life is short (and sweet? Maybe just short). In the wild mice only live a couple of months because of natural predators. Without these natural predators, they would only live a couple of years.
Mice Control Tip #6
Kind of gross. Mice are full of germs and such. Mice commonly spread salmonella and Hantavirus. Mice are known to commonly carry about 200 different human pathogens. The mobility and eating habits of these critters contribute to their ability to spread these diseases all around. Yuk.
Mice Control Tip #7
Another big yuk. Mice are like little Houdini gymnasts who was never potty trained. Now look back at tidbit number 1. They eat like 20 times a day. This means they produce anywhere between 40 and 100 droppings per day, just wherever. They also constantly give off micro-droplets of urine as they move about your home leaving a “bread crumb” trail made of pee. Hmmmmmm. But, look on the bright side, they don’t vomit unless extremely drunk and generally they aren’t drinkers unless you find them in a frat house.
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