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Got Mice?

If you have seen a mouse in or near your home, it’s a safe bet that there’s more nearby. A single mouse can quickly turn into mice, because every three weeks, a typical female mouse will give birth to about 12 baby mice. After a few weeks, you’ll quickly be asking how to get rid of mice!

The list of potential dangers from having mice in your home can be quite lengthy. When you consider that mice can carry up to 200 human pathogens, the health risks become very real. Some of those pathogens can be life-threatening such as Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonellosis and rate-bite fever.

CAUTION: Never use poison in your home! There are several mouse poison options on the market, but you should never use them in your house. You don’t want to kill something in your house if you can’t get the dead animal out. The decaying animal will eventually leave harmful and foul smelling odors that could be dangerous to your home and family.

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In addition, the droppings they leave behind are also dangerous. For example, 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.

Beyond health concerns, a mouse infestation will leave your home suffering as well. Mice are constantly chewing and eating their way through walls, furniture and even electrical wiring. Once an electrical wire has been chewed it can become a huge fire hazard.

As you can see, having mice in your home can pose major health and property concerns. To learn more about the dangers of mice, check out our Mouse Control Page.

A Simple Step-By-Step Plan on How to Get Rid of Mice

If you have mice in your home or business, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “How to get rid of mice?” The process of getting rid of mice, in theory, is pretty easy. You just have to follow four steps.

Identify How Mice are Getting Into Your House

Before you try to figure out how to get rid of mice, you first have to figure out how they have gotten or are getting into your house. This is a vital first step because even if you start killing mice, it’s only a matter of time before more mice get into your house.

There are literally dozens of different ways that mice get into homes and business, but one of the most common ways is by central air units. The tubing that goes into homes usually has a gap near it and mice sneak in that way. Watch the short video below for a more in-depth explanation.

Beyond the entrance by air conditioner units, the next common places are exterior dryer vents, cracks in the brick or concrete foundation, small cracks or holes by doors and floor paneling, etc. There are dozens of ways, so it’s always good to get an inspection by a pest control professional. If you need an inspection, contact us, as we offer 100% free inspections.

Create A Custom Plan

Having a custom plan for eliminating mice is crucial due to the unique nature of each infestation. Cookie-cutter solutions may not address specific factors contributing to the problem, such as entry points or nesting sites. A tailored approach considers the distinct characteristics of the infestation, ensuring more effective and sustainable results. Factors like the layout of the space, potential food sources, and the type of mice involved require personalized strategies. A customized plan enhances precision, leading to a more successful and long-lasting resolution of the mouse issue.

Seal Up Mouse Entrances

Just because you know how mice are getting into your home, doesn’t mean you can start focusing on how to get rid of mice. Instead, you need to seal up the mouse entrances into your home. This is normally a pretty easy process. Often times, it means re-sealing or caulking holes, cracks, or open areas.

The main reason you have to seal up all the common mouse entrances is this will prevent future mice from getting into your home. It doesn’t pay to spend time catching mice if you aren’t preventing new mice from getting in.

Set Mouse Traps

The next step to getting rid of mice, is to actually start either killing mice or catching mice. This process can be done in a variety of ways. The best way to kill mice is to use snap traps. They are inexpensive and very effective.

Snap traps come in a variety of different forms, but they all basically do the same thing; they quickly and humanely kill mice. In the short video below, we give a few different trapping options.

The best way to get rid of mice is to place the mouse traps along the common run ways and trails. If you’re unsure where those run ways are located, just look for mouse droppings. Mice continuously use the same trails and always leave mouse droppings along their common routes.

Set Bait Stations Outside to Prevent Mice From Getting IntoYour Home

Using baiting stations outside of your home is a great preventative tool to keep mice away. The idea behind using a baiting station is very simple. It will kill the mice before they ever get a chance to get into your home or business. These baiting stations can be used year round and require very little maintenance once they are set.

For more information on our baiting stations and baiting program, watch the short video.

Clean Out and Sanitation

Once we gain control over the infestation, our focus shifts to addressing any damages caused by the mice. This involves removing contaminated insulation and deodorizing the affected area, as neglecting this step could result in hazardous pathogens lingering in your home. Animal cleanup is a critical process aimed at restoring safety and cleanliness post infestation. Attics, often targeted by raccoons, mice, squirrels, bats, and birds, can become breeding grounds for health hazards, necessitating professional intervention. Erdyes Pest Control utilizes advanced removal equipment to efficiently rid your attic of harmful elements, ensuring a thorough cleanup without any contamination in your living spaces. To learn more about Erdyes Pest Control’s attic clean out process, click here

Year-Round Monitoring

Year-round monitoring is essential for effective pest control. Consistent baiting, checking mouse traps, and regular inspections are crucial components of this proactive approach. By maintaining a vigilant stance throughout the year, homeowners can identify and address potential pest issues before they escalate. This not only prevents infestations but also ensures a safer and healthier living environment. Regular monitoring acts as a preemptive measure, safeguarding homes against the nuisances and potential health hazards associated with pests, promoting peace of mind for residents.

Beyond Getting Rid of Mice

Following the above four steps is the best way to get rid of mice. This will not only help get rid of mice, but also help prevent mice from getting back into your home. Now, once the mouse infestation is under control, you have to assess the damage and remaining health concerns from the mice. This often means removing the contaminated insulation from your home.

Removing contaminated insulation is a dangerous process and should be done by professionals. If this is done unsafely, harmful dust and debris could be spread throughout the house, thus creating greater health problems. If you’re interested in learning more about how and why you should perform an animal infestation cleanup, you can download a free Sanitation Brochure here.

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If You Need Help, Erdye’s Is Here

We know that having mice in your home can be stressful and scary. So we are only a phone call away. We at Erdye’s believe that every mouse problem is similar yet very different. That’s why we offer a 100% Free Inspection. We will come to your home and show you how to get rid of mice. We will offer some Do-It- Yourself advice if you’d like, or we can get to work right away and help you with the problem.

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