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Controlling Rodents: Guidelines for Getting Rid of House Mice

With cooler weather arriving, many home-owners encounter house mice, which are one the most troublesome rodents in America. If you suspect you may house mice, you need to recognize their presence, besides know how to get rid of them.

Physical Characters of House Mice

House mice have short hair that’s usually gray, light brown or black, but the fur on their bellies is lighter. There’s  generally far less fur on their tail and ears.

Their ears are usually pale brown, and their feet are drab colored. The tips of their toes usually are white. These pests are also characterized by their scaly long tail and large ears.

Common Signs of an Infestation

Mice droppings are typically ¼” long, rod-shaped and dark in color. Both ends are pointed. One adult mouse can produce from 50 to 75 droppings in only one day. Common signs of an infestation are musky smells, gnawed furniture and shredded fibers.

Noting your cat or dog sniffing, scratching and probing a spot can indicate the presence of house mice. You can also suspect you probably have these unwelcome house guests by hearing them scurrying in your walls or attic.

They often set up housekeeping in closets, garages, basements, attics and other outdoor structures. Be highly suspicious if you find  you shredded, fine fibrous materials.

Smudge or rub marks on rafters, beams, walls and pipes can be another clue of an infestation. These marks are caused from dirt or oil that’s that gets rubbed off from the rodent’s fur as it travels on its routes.

Using Traps

Trapping is one of the best ways of controlling rodents. Glue traps work exceptionally well. To effectively trap mice, you have to place your traps where you’ve found droppings and along your walls. Don’t space them any more than 10 feet apart.

There are also snap traps that are available in a wide range of designs and models. The ones containing extended triggers are particularly effective.

Using Rodenticides

The three main types of rodenticides are baits, tracking powders and fumigants.

Baits and tracking powers, which are the ones most used by homeowners, must be ingested by the mice to be lethal to them. Baits work by luring rodents to feeding stations and are typically used outdoors in fields and around buildings.

Tracking powders should be positioned along rodent runways and can be used both inside and outside homes and buildings. A rodent picks up the powder on its fur. Later, the poison gets ingested when the animal grooms itself.

Fumigants, which are poisonous gases, are formulated to kill mice when the rodents are in their burrows.

Considerations and Warnings

  • It’s common to find signs of mice or an infestation in cardboard boxes, storage crates and shoe boxes.
  • As house mice are typically more active after dusk and before dawn, check traps early in the morning.
  • Rather than using nonanticoagulant rodenticides, use anticoagulant rodents as they’re considerably saved.

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