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Mouse Control in Baton Rouge this Winter

When a mouse infestation occurs in your home, it’s time to act. Mice can contaminate food and spread disease, including hantavirus and salmonella. Their feces can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Learn to identify mice in your home, seal up entry points, and use other effective rodent control methods.

Identify Mice Problems

Mice Evidence

Mice rarely come out during the day, although you may see house mice scamper through the house in the daytime, which is unlikely. These are common signs of mice in your home that you can easily find. Search drawers, pantries, closets, attics, crawl spaces, and other out-of-the-way locations.

  • Prints Look for tiny paw prints in mud or spilled food, like flour or sugar or other stored food items.
  • Feces Mouse droppings are dark and about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Locate these under furniture, in drawers, under baseboards, or in pantries or closets.
  • Nests Wall insulation, shredded paper, and soft pieces of wood shavings are preferred materials for mice to build nests.
  • Stolen Food Mice eat just about anything. Look for signs of them in your stored food. Smelly foods like peanut butter or sweets are especially vulnerable.
  • Damage If desperate, rodents will destroy walls, containers, documents, wood, plastic, or other materials for an opportunity to feed, nest, gain entry, or egress.
  • Noise at Night Nocturnal habits rodents exhibit include squeaking, scratching, and scavenging. Mice demonstrate extreme curiosity when confronted with an unfamiliar object in its established territory.

Rat and Mice Comparison

  • Some people mistake baby rats for mice. Juvenile rat morphology includes a thicker tail and a larger head than mice.
  • House mice’s ears are large and rounded.
  • Norway rat feces is rounded at each end and cylindrical. Roof rat feces is more pointed and curved. As previously mentioned, house mouse feces is shaped and sized similarly to a grain of rice
  • Rats engage in violent conflicts for territory and food rights with other rats.
  • Both species explore territory and terrain more widely in correspondence with food and water availability.
  • Mice exhibit curious behavior and explore new objects. Rats demonstrate more suspicious behavior and do not sample new foods as readily.

Tips to Get Rid of Mice

Food and shelter availability reduce during winter, so mice seek shelter in your Baton Rouge area home. Heed these directions to reduce the likelihood of an infestation:

  • Proper Food Storage

    Mice olfactory sensory organs are attuned to scents far beyond human ranges of sensory perception. Pet food, birdseed, and other dry goods attract rodents. Store all non-refrigerated food items in airtight containers. Gather fruits, vegetables, and other fallen food sources from your yard.

  • Clean Frequently

    A regular sanitation regimen reduces the likelihood of a rodent invasion. Some rumors circulate that a poorly cleaned home attracts rodents, but even a spotless location is a prime nesting and feeding location. An automatic vacuum running at night can also be an effective deterrent.

  • Pick up the Yard

    Cut tree limbs at least five feet from your home. Bushes and other vegetation should be trimmed at least one foot from house siding. Reduce harborages by raking leaves and fallen branches. Place firewood and compost piles at least 20 feet from the home, and protect it with a metal screen with at least a 1/4 inch gauge.

  • Reduce Water Sources

    Ventilate or dehumidify crawl spaces, attics, and other tight enclosures. Wipe excess water from sinks and drains. Inspect water pipes and reduce leakages.

Control Mice Entry Points

Due to rodent body structure and soft cartilage, a mouse can fit into spaces as small as 1/4 inch, which is minuscule, smaller than the diameter of a dime. Utilize silicone caulk, steel wool, copper wire mesh, and metal screens with 1/4 inch gauge, to seal the following areas:

  • Gaps in house siding, particularly if the gaps are within 1 foot of the ground
  • Cracks and crevices in the foundation or around sill plates
  • Enclose your window wells with strong rebar fencing, and seal the gaps in the holes with metal screening with at least 1/4 inch gauge
  • Gaps around all ground-level or basement windows
  • Gaps or cracks around garage doors and shed doors, especially if they contain seeds or pet food
  • Gaps or cracks around ground-level entries, such as cellars
  • Install and keep in good repair weather stripping and door sweeps under exterior doors

Eradicate Mice: Fox Pest Control

Some homeowners set traps, live traps, peanut butter mouse traps, snap traps, rodent baits, bait stations, mouse bait, and glue boards. Do not attempt to trap or bait a mouse or rat without professional help.

Ensure that you remove dead mice or rats properly, with good sanitation procedures. Wear gloves, place the rodent in a sealed plastic bag, dispose of it in a dumpster and not a trash can in the house, sanitize the affected area, wash the gloves used during the procedure, and ensure that anything that came in contact with the dead rodent is thoroughly sanitized.

Our Pest Professional Technicians are trained and ready to help you. Call today for a free estimate. Restore your peace of mind. Pest control? Think Fox Pest Control.

Posted on December 13, 2019.

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