House Mice and Deer Mice are considered two of the most troublesome and economically important pests in the United States. Mice live and thrive under a variety of conditions in and around homes and farms. Mice consume food meant for humans or pets. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). Their constant gnawing causes damage to structures and property.
Although house mice usually feed on cereal grains, they will eat many kinds of food. They eat often, nibbling bits of food here and there. Mice have keen senses of taste, hearing, smell and touch. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical surface. They will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. They can slip through a crack that a pencil will fit into (slightly larger than 1/4 inch in diameter).
In a single year, a female may have five to 10 litters of usually five or six young each. Young are born 19 to 21 days after mating, and they are mature in six to 10 weeks. The life span of a mouse is about nine to 12 months.
Any service designed to rid a home of mice must take into consideration how the mice are accessing the structure. Setting traps for mice or putting out poison is not enough. Because they breed so quickly, killing them alone will simply create a cycle where the mice are “harvested” when the numbers get large. Our service begins with a careful inspection of the low-lying exterior of the home. Gaps in the foundation, basement window frames, door kickplates, siding, etc. are all typical areas of entry. We will secure these areas with mouse-proof materials (copper mesh, engineered exclusion materials) to prevent the mice from entering the home. We then install tamper-resistant bait stations containing poisonous bait (and, in some cases, traps as well) in the areas of the home that the mice travel the most. This service is available with a 6 month warranty or a 12 month warranty.