Some people keep mice as pets but not all mice live in cages. Mice enter your home uninvited and cause many problems. They’ll seek out and eat your food, cause damage to your floors and walls, and leave droppings everywhere. If you’re experiencing a rodent home invasion, here are 10 ways to get rid of mice now.
1. Keep food in sealed containers
As mice are attracted by food, keeping food in sealed containers will help to prevent mice finding it. While it won’t stop them coming in your home, it will keep your food safe and will ultimately leave mice looking elsewhere for food.
2. Keep firewood away from your home or garage
Food isn’t the only attraction – warmth and shelter are high on the priority list for mice. A pile of wood looks like an ideal shelter for a mouse to move in to, and the closer it is to your buildings, the more likely the mouse (or mice) is to enter your garage or home. Do yourself a favor and keep firewood at least 25 feet from any structure.
Many of us are all too familiar with storing boats or campers for the winter months when we are not able to use them. The age old question is how do we keep mice from entering your stored boat or camper? There are many ideas and suggestions including mothballs, Irish spring bars, or dryer sheets. However, we have an additional suggestion that will keep the mice from entering your stored boat or camper not just for winter but all year long.
Exterior Baiting Programs from Erdye’s Pest Control keeps the mice from entering your stored boat or camper. Whether your boat or camper is in a storage facility or stored outside, our exterior baiting program will keep the mice away.
Our exterior baiting system allows rodents (mice, rats, and other small species) to enter the baiting system. The mice or other rodents will eat the bait which makes them very thirsty. As the rodents thirst for water, they will typically leave to find water directly after eating the bait. When this occurs, the rodents do not come back. With the baiting system, there is very little chance of any second-hand poisoning because the rodents only eat enough bait specific to their size. View the video below for a deeper look into Erdye’s Baiting System.
As with any mice or rodent issue, Erdye’s Pest Control provides a FREE comprehensive inspection and we will help you determine the best way to keep mice from entering your stored boat or camper. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 920.455.0373.
It comes as no surprise that this time of year mice are looking to come indoors. It’s getting cold and they would like a warm place to rest. However, how safe is it to have a mouse infestation and children in your home together? And next, how do you safely exterminate mice without harming your children or small pets? Let’s start with some basic facts about mice.
Mice can reproduce quickly. You’ve heard it said, “if you see one mouse, you know there are many more.” It’s true, female mice can give birth as early as two months old and are able to have babies at a pace of every 3 weeks. Each female mouse can give birth to typically a dozen babies each time. That’s a whole lot of mice in one year if not properly taken care of.
Mice can carry as many as 200 human pathogens (bacteria, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease). Pathogens are spread through touching a mouse that is infected or by breathing in the fumes from mice urine. Even the smallest amount of mouse urine can trigger allergic reactions. Diseases from mice are also spread through bite wounds and from water or food contaminated by mice waste products and even through bites from fleas and ticks.
It’s easy to see by just these simple facts that mice and children do not mix. So how do we safely exterminate mice and keep our children safe? First off, mouse poison should not be used in your home where there are children and small pets. Poison allows the infected mouse to die in your home. Not only does a dying animal start to smell but mold will also start to grow. This will cause a host of other issues for you. What we do suggest is first find out where the mice are entering into your home. Mice are able to get into a space as small as a dime so be sure to seal all cracks and crevices around your home. Once the areas are sealed it’s time to start exterminating the mice.
We have found that the most effective way to kill the mice that are in your home is by using simple snap traps. Look for common mouse trails in your home (along walls) or where droppings are found to strategically set your snap traps. Once you start to trap the mice, be sure to discard of the mice properly. After the mice have been trapped and exterminated, be sure to cleanup and disinfect your home.
The next thing we suggest is to prevent mouse entry back into your home with bait stations outside. Our bait stations are maintenance free and provide protection year round. Pets and children are not able to get into the bait stations making them safe for your family. Learn more about these bait stations here.
If you are concerned with a mouse infestation and would like to safely exterminate mice, give us a call at 920.455.0373. We are able to inspect your home for FREE, confirm the species of mouse and recommend a course of rodent control treatment to keep your children and pets safe.
So, you can tell you have mice in your home. Whether you’ve heard the scratching or gnawing in the ceiling or in the walls or simply see the mice or droppings, it’s time to get rid of them. Today, we’ll look at the best way to kill mice in your home.
There are pretty much four basic types of traps; mechanical snap traps, multiple catch traps, glue traps, and electronic traps. We find the mechanical snap traps are the most reliable and best way to kill mice in your home. Why? It’s economical and quick. They are easy to set up and most (especially the wooden Victor snap trap) can be used repeatedly. We don’t typically recommend poison for several reasons. First, once the mouse eats the poison, it doesn’t usually leave your home. That means it’s still in your home. Second, the dead mouse in your house causes more issues from decomposing. A decomposing mouse smells bad and can attract other insects. This also creates a mold problem which in turn causes unhealthy air quality for you and your family. And lastly, we do not recommend poison if there are small children or pets in the home that could possibly get into the poison.
Glue Traps or Sticky Traps
We do not recommend glue traps. Glue traps or sticky traps have a sticky surface with an attractant for the mice or other rodents. As they run across the glue/sticky trap, the mice get stuck in the glue. The mice typically do not die right away. They die from starvation or dehydration over a period of several days. This is a very inhumane way to kill mice and even though we do not want mice in our homes, we do not recommend glue/sticky traps as the best way to kill mice.
Bait stations are sealed components with poison placed inside the station. These bait stations are placed outside in strategic locations around your home. These stations are safe as the poison cannot be accessed by pets or small children. These baiting stations allow rodents to enter the station through small holes, eat the poison, and then leave the station. Our bait stations are maintenance free and offer protection year round. This is one of the best ways to kill mice or rodents around the exterior of your home (not inside, remember; Do not kill anything in your home you cannot get out of your home) which will prevent them from getting into your home.
But, before you start killing those mice, take a look to see how they are entering your home. If you do not seal up your home properly, the mice will continue to enter your home. This continues the cycle of having to kill the mice. For more prevention and sealing of your home techniques, please see our blog post on “Common Places Mice Get Into Your Home.”
The Best Way to Kill Mice
1) Seal Your Home to prevent Mice from Entering 2) Set Mechanical Snap Traps 3) Place Bait Stations Around the Outside of 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.
It’s certainly that time of year where rodents are looking to find warmer places to crash for the winter. Today we are going to share some of the most common places mice get into your home.
One of the most common places mice get into your home is through the air conditioning unit. There is a coolant line and power line that needs to run back into the house from the air conditioner. These lines need to enter the home either through the concrete or the siding. We find many times they are not properly sealed to prohibit the entry of mice. In the video below, Josh shows those entry points and talks about using stainless steel mesh for packing around the hoses.
Vinyl corners on houses are another common place mice get into your home. The vinyl corners are hollow and most times are not sealed at the bottom. This allows an entry point for mice or even larger rodents like squirrels to easily access your attic.
If you’re concerned about mice getting into your home or simply want to be proactive in protecting your investment, call us at 920.455.0373. We offer a Free Home Inspection and will do a walk-through of your basement, attic, and the outside of your home. After the inspection, we’ll share with you any concerns and entry points we find. We will work with you to create a solution for sealing up the common places mice get into your home.
Did You Know??
Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
Honeybees are more dangerous than snakes. Bees kill more people each year than all the poisonous snakes combined.
Each year, insects eat about a third of the world’s food crops.
Certain types of grasshoppers and crickets have their ears on their front legs.
Dragonflies are capable of flying sixty miles per hour.
Termite queens will lay up to 30,000 eggs in a day, and live for many years.
The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
Each year the average person will “eat” several insects while they are sleeping.
The rhinoceros beetle is the strongest animal and is capable of lifting 850 times its own weight.
An ant is capable of lifting fifty times its own weight and is capable pulling thirty times its own weight.