Mice are easily captured in snap traps and glue boards much of the time…. but that is not always the case. There are several things to consider when dealing with a mouse problem.
- Is something attracting them?
- How did they get in?
- Did I catch all of them?
House mice are the most common commensal rodent in the world and are naturally attracted to homes and structures due to heat, food odors, and harborage opportunities. Add a bird feeder, landscaping, clutter, and pet food bowls, and you just multiplied the attraction. With careful inspection, many structures can be rodent proofed to prevent future pest entry. Don’t get frustrated if you make the effort and mice continue to get in. Exclusion can be difficult, if not impossible, for some structures, due to construction flaws. When this is the case, outside “tamper-resistant” bait stations make good sense. You can often kill the mice outside before they get in. Overhead garage doors are a common mouse entry point and often cannot be effectively mouse-proofed. A variety of good mechanical traps are available to catch them in the garage. Many of these are pet-proof. Of course, cats alone are the best natural remedy for mouse control.
Once a mouse problem has established itself in the house or structure, it is always wise to trap and remove them if possible. When you seem to have caught all the mice you can, it is wise to place rodent bait in areas inaccessible to children and pets. You may realize there are more mice present than you thought. Not every mouse can be captured in a trap. At Buckeye Exterminating we can help eliminate your mouse problem and prevent future infestations. We may even suggest treatment with “Restricted Use” rodenticides in severe infestations and agricultural settings if they are needed and can be used safely. Give us a call at 1-800-523-1521 for a free assessment.