House Mouse Prevention and Control

Mouce Prevention

House Mice

House mice (Mus musculus) live under various conditions in and around homes. Mice are one of the most troublesome and dangerous pests to have around. They are excellent climbers with very keen senses of smell and hearing, but surprisingly they are almost blind. House mice can often slip through cracks that are slightly larger than ¼’’ in diameter. Their constant gnawing can cause severe damages to structures, and wiring which can lead to a possible fire.

Prevention and Control

The most effective way to control and prevent mice infestations involves sanitation elimination of present population through poison or trapping and mice proof construction to prevent future infestations.
Mice have the capability to survive in small areas although it may have limited sources of food and shelter.  Therefore, although a building may seem to be thoroughly sanitized buildings that handle food, they have a high chance of being infested with mice unless taken the measures of mice proof construction by eliminating all openings through which they can enter a structure.

Good sanitation is one of the most effective measures for both prevention and control because it will reduce a food source and shelter for existing mice, making baits and traps more effective.

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Traps
Trapping is usually a preferred method for most people with lighter infestations because it does not rely on poison, and allows the user to dispose of the mice carcasses preventing future problems of decaying odors.

However when using traps, one should use enough traps to quickly eliminate the rodents. A common mistake made in attempt to use traps is the use of too little traps.

Traps should be set about 10 ft apart from one another where mice are seen to be active. (Usually near a water source or where droppings are present) Pre-baiting is a very popular baiting technique which often increases the success of trapping. When pre-baiting, one should leave the traps unset until the bait has been taken a couple times.

Glue boards are also a very popular alternative for traps. When placing the glue boards, one should concentrate placing the glue boards along the walls which are considered their run ways. Glue boards are most effective when 2 or 3 boards are placed side by side, covering a larger range of area for the mice to become trapped. It is not recommended to place the glue boards in areas with lots of dust and extreme temperatures.

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Poison Baits (Rodenticides)

Ultimately, the fastest way to get rid of rodents is through the use of poison baits (rodenticides). But this is also the least recommended and least preferred method of elimination because of the use of toxic poison and uncertainty of the areas in which the carcass of the rodent may lay.
Most baits cause death after a few days but some are single feeding formulations which speeds up the process. When placing baits, it is highly recommended to put away any competing food sources. When there is a lot of food competition in an area with little water sources, liquid poison would be ideal to use and vice versa.

Always refer to and read the product label when handling poison baits.

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Disposal of Dead Rodents

When disposing of the dead rodents, one should always wear rubber or plastic gloves. The dead rodents should be put inside a plastic bag, and that plastic bag placed in a second bag; both bags tightly sealed, then the bags placed inside a trash can with tight fitting lids. After removal of the rodent, one should take the measures to clean and disinfect the items contaminated by the rodents and thoroughly wash their hands with warm water and soap.

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Date: Wednesday, 13. January 2010 16:09
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    how do i get mice from eating electrical wiring under the hood of a car the mice have got it twice since mar16 2010

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    A Rodent problem inside the hood…
    Believe it or not, a lot of my clients complain about that.
    It’s usually warm, and have enough space for small rodents to make nest.

    Is your car parked inside a garage?
    Because garage is also a good place for rats and mice.
    Usually water heater is located inside garage,
    and rodents like the area right underneath it.

    If your car is parked inside a garage, it also means that
    you have mice problem in your garage as well.
    If it is not an “everyday car” and you keep the vehicle
    inside the garage all the time, it can mean that the mice
    have found a nest inside your hood. If it is an “everyday car,”
    it means that they just come when the car is parked.

    What I suggest is that you do mice control in your garage and home.
    Here’s what you do.

    First, look for their feces. Wherever they leave their feces,
    it indicates their nesting area / travel routes. If it’s under the hood,
    throw a pellet (either Contrac Rodent Place Packs or Fastrac Place Packs Pellets). You can also use pellets under the water heater,
    or you can use bait stations such as PROTECTA RTU MICE BAIT STATIONS or PROTECT A MOUSE BAIT STATION with blox bait poisons such as CONTRAC ALL- WEATHER CAKE (Rat Poison), FINAL BLOX RODENTICIDE or CONTRAC BLOX RODENTICIDE

    Rats / Mice usually travel alongside the wall. If you see their feces alongside the wall,
    use either glue boards or traps (CATCHMASTER MOUSE & INSECT GLUE TRAP, TRAPPER MICE GLUE BOARD, VICTOR HOLDFAST TRAPS / MICE).

    You can find more information at How to Get Rid of Mice Article

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