If you’ve seen a mouse in your home, chances are it’s not alone! House mice get into homes, build nests, contaminate food, cause damage, spread disease and breed quickly. That’s why it’s important to exterminate them as quickly as possible.
To do that, you need to know your enemy, understand what they do, what they like and where they hide. Let’s examine the habits of Mus musculus, also known as the common house mouse.
What are House Mice?
House mice are common pests throughout Washington State. They’re easily recognizable rodents covered in short brown, gray or black hair with lighter underbellies. Their ears and tail are also covered with hair. Small in size, they typically weight 12 to 30 grams and leave behind small rod-shaped droppings that are pointed on both ends.
Normally mice live outdoors, but when the temperature drops they seek out warmer shelter and this is often when they enter homes. What attracts house mice is often the smell of food and the warmth offered by a structure. Mice can gain entry through any small opening like a utility line, pipe opening or gap beneath a door.
How to Prevent House Mice From Entering Your Home
The best way to prevent infestation is to go around your home and seal any opening larger than a pen cap. Any gaps, cracks, crevices or holes should be filled using cement or metal as mice will chew through wood or foam to gain entry.
Keeping your home clean of food scraps can also reduce infestation risks. Wash all dishes immediately, store food in glass or metal containers with tightly sealed lids, and always clean floors and table tops of food and crumbs.
If they’re are already living in your home, house mice control through prevention methods is inefficient and you should hire a trained professional exterminator.
When to Call A House Mice Exterminator
If your home has signs of infestation, like droppings or sightings of a mouse, it’s time to call a professional. If you live in the Puyallup, Washington, area, Whitworth Pest Solutions can help you rid your home of house mice.
We offer an extermination solution that begins by inspecting your home to determine the problem’s extent and identify entry points. We then devise a plan of attack to exterminate the pests. We set out traps in well-established pathways, seal entry points to keep new mice out and evaluate results to determine if your problem is resolved or if you need further treatment.
We offer residential and commercial pest control programs that will eliminate mice and keep them from returning. If you think you may have a house mice problem in your home or business, give Whitworth Pest Solutions a call!