Every year, 21 million homes in the United States are invaded by mice, rats and other rodents. This invasion can cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Rodents spread diseases, carry parasites, and can cause massive amounts of damage to property. But don’t worry, there are 5 simple steps you can follow to get rid of mice.
Dangers of Mice In Your Home
Most people don’t realize this, but a rodent infestation can happy really quickly! When you see one mouse, you can bet there are more mice hiding nearby. Plus, a single pregnant mouse can give birth to as many as 12 babies every 3 weeks.
Mice also carry diseases. These small pests can carry up to 200 human pathogens – some can be life-threatening such as Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonella and rat-bite fever. And let’s not forget about their fecal matter. One mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day and leave behind a constant trail of urine. Over time, this fecal mess will spread bacteria and diseases throughout your house.
Mice and rats can be very rude house guests. They are routinely chewing their way through wallboards, insulation, wood and electrical wiring. When they chew on electrical wiring, they are drastically increasing the risk of electrical fires!
5 Simple Steps to Get Rid of Mice
Step 1: Identify the Problem
The first step in solving any problem is to have a clear understanding what the problem actually is. This means taking a little bit of time and examining your property for signs of mice and rats. Most importantly, be on the lookout for entrances into your home.
Step 2: Seal Up Mouse Entrances
Mice can get into your house in a variety of ways. It’s important to seal up the most common entrances to prevent future infestations. If you don’t find and seal up the mouse entrances, you will never get rid of mice. You will be essentially leaving an open door for a future infestation. You can see the most common mouse entrance into homes in the video below.
Step 3: Set Mouse Traps
Once the mouse entrances are sealed, You need to begin trapping mice to reduce the infestation. You should check traps regularly to prevent harmful odors in your home. You should always place traps along rodent runways. This is typically along walls, cabinetry, and in the attic.
There are dozens of different mouse trap options, but here are some of our favorites.
Step 4: Set Baiting Stations
When you have the mouse entrances sealed up and traps set in the house, it’s time to get proactive outside of your home. You should set up line baiting stations outside of your home and around your garage. This is a proactive solution and done year-round. This is a service that we offer and we use top of the line rodent baiting stations
Pro Tip: Never use poison in your house. Don’t kill something in your house that you can’t get out!
Step 5: Clean Up and Year-Round Monitoring
Once the infestation is under control, you should address any damages done by the mice. Many times this means removal of contaminated insulation and deodorization. Failure to do so may leave hazardous and dangerous pathogens in your home.
If you have a rodent infestation, but can’t get rid of mice, call Erdye’s for a FREE inspection of your basement, attic or crawlspace – we’ll track down your unwanted guests and come up with a safe, reliable plan to get rid of them.