Having a mouse in your home is never something you want to worry about, however, it is a common household pest here in Utah. If untreated they can quickly produce a large population in a short amount of time. Mice can have up to 10 litters each year with about 5 or 6 babies each time. Those babies can then start reproducing at about 6 weeks of age. This compounding effect makes the population add up quickly. The average field mouse has a life span of 1 year, however, if they have an environment free from predators, a steady food supply, the average life span will increase to 3 years. The grass really is greener on your side of the fence.
Mice like to feed on dry grains and cereals. They will chew through bagged or boxed food with ease. Contrary to popular thought, putting your food on a higher shelf doesn’t make it much safer. Mice are amazing jumpers, climbers and swimmers. They can jump as high as 13 inches and scale up vertical surfaces. Mice can get into spaces as small as a 1/4 inch. If you can fit a pencil through the gap, they can probably squeeze through it. This includes doors with weather stripping that is expanded to limit air flow, but can be compressed to allow access. Any human with a comparable set of skills would be considered a super hero.
Mouse droppings, urine and saliva can be very harmful and carry diseases such as Haunta Virus, Bubonic Plague, and Salmonellosis. Be sure to use rubber or latex gloves when removing droppings and cleaning any contaminated areas. Spray affected area with a disinfectant or bleach and water mixture. Using hard plastic containers with lids can be an excellent deterrent to invading mice making a home. This includes any pet foods or treats that may be stored in other areas from the kitchen. Mice like to make their nest from soft material such as shredded paper and insulation, commonly making their nests in the walls and ceiling. You can often hear them scurrying around inside your walls and ceilings when they are most active at night.
For those not wanting to go at it alone, using an exterminator or pest control company can be one of the most effective options. They will know the correct products to use and determine the proper placement and management strategy to identify the population and quickly eliminate them with safety for family and pets as a priority. Bug Off Pest Control offers same day services and easy online scheduling.