Before you begin the process of eliminating mice in your home, you must understand more about them. Know your enemy!
Before you begin the process of eliminating mice in your home, you must understand more about them. Know your enemy! Why are they there in the first place?
What Do Mice Eat?
Mice will eat just about any vegetation that is available to them. They are scavengers that love their food! But mostly they like to take in grains, seeds, oats. There are some species of mice that will eat meat scraps or bugs. Mice will be particularly drawn to garbage and food scraps. They are also likely to feed on out of ground crops like corn and wheat.
Mice are able to squeeze through the smallest cracks and openings so even food storage is at risk of being infested with mice.
Ideal Living Conditions And The Biology Of Mice
A good environment for mice would be a place that has food, water and shelter. It only takes them 2 months to mature and they can multiply very fast.
A mouse can have up to 8 liters of 4-7 pups in a year. They can spend their whole life span in and around a single building or house environment. Going outside in the weeds and grass and moving into the garage or basement areas. They are the most active at night time.
Mice eat many times during the day and can consume up to 15 percent of their body weight. They also are able to store food if they feel they are running on a short supply.
How to Keep Mice Away
The most important thing to know is that mice can squeeze through openings as small as 1 / 4 of an inch. So the first thing you’ll need to do is make sure any holes larger than 1/4″ are sealed shut. Look for any wall openings. vents, cracks under the doors, pipes, window seals, etc, and close them.
You will also want to make sure you are storing your food in airtight containers or any other containers that can be sealed tightly.
How to Eliminate Mice
There are a couple of effective ways to get rid of mice: mouse traps and Rodenticides.
A chemical free and safe method for eliminating mice.
You are able to easily locate the dead rodent and dispose of it before you will have oder problems
You will want to place the mouse traps in areas you know there will be mice. Look for places where you’ve seen mouse droppings or any other evidence of mice. If you have kids you will obviously want to place mouse traps with caution.
Rodenticide is used for pest control to kill rodents. You will want to place the bait in several locations approximately 10 feet apart. It can take a few weeks to get the desired result with rodent poison. You will want to get some that is effective in small concentrations.