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House Mice Infestation (Part III)

Part III of my detailed mice infestation reports.

Setting up traps for pest mice problems may prove to be a very painstaking task on the given time. It may look simple but it’s not as easy as it seems. There are tons of factors to consider first before you can ever successfully come up with a very effective trap that will definitely catch the critter menace that has been plaguing your house for a while now, leaving wholes everywhere, turning-on the bad odor in particular places, and you just can't seem to get enough of them because as the longer it would take you to take action on them, the more of them keep springing out in the open. Then you may just have a pest mice infestation already at your hand and this time, you really need to take action already otherwise you might just wound up watching your entire property dilapidated.

Taking action is a must when this kind of occasion rises.

Well, you may call in the professionals to handle the job for you but that would be unwise unless the entire situation has really gone out of control (probably when your house is already at the verge of falling apart), then you may just direly need their help. However, there are ways wherein you can do things all by yourself with the simple aid of some items that may come in handy as tools of the trade. The key really is preparation. Once you are prepared enough you may even be able to tackle the task alone, and by that it means without any physical aid from anyone.

But first things first, you need to know that "to-know" stuff in the act to ensure that you will be able to efficiently get rid of domestic bubonic plague.

Getting To Know the Pest

Now there are different types of pest mice that may inhabit your household and you must first be able to identify them. Knowing the difference between each mouse type will dictate the kind of method or approach you will use in order to deal with them. Here are some ways on how to identify which mice have been brooding your dwelling:

Common House Mouse

1. They usually have head and feet proportional to their bodies
2. Their tails have the same length with both their head and body combined
3. They have monotonic color characteristics. But sometimes this may not be always true.
4. They have flat upper incisors. If you don’t know what that is, look for up for Bugs Bunny and take close look at his teeth.

Wild Mouse

1. Unlike common house mice, they have disproportional body characteristics. Sewer mice would most likely have larger or smaller head and feet than the body.
2. A meadow mouse, another type of wild mice has hairy tails.
3. If you come across a mouse with a Technicolor tail and a white belly, then you have probably seen a deer mouse.
4. A field mouse, which is perhaps one of the most common wild pest mice that inhabit a household have large ears and protruding eyes. Also they have distinguishable silver bellies.

Knowing if There Really Is a Problem

Well, you can't really address a problem if there really isn't one. There may be times that you have encountered a mouse once that pass by somewhere in your house and you can't just jump into a conclusion that you already have infestation in your place. You need first to investigate if there really is an infestation problem going on before you can move into coming up with the necessary preparations to deal with the problem.

One way to know if there is really a pest mice infestation happening is to take a close look at wirings and walls, as well as food containers and see if there are any gnawing damages. If you can notice unusual punctures everywhere in these mentioned places, then there is a great probability that a mice problem is arising.

Second way to do that is too look for mouse poop. Mice poop or droppings are spherical and are normally 1/4 inch in length (sometimes even 3/4 inch). If you can see these droppings anywhere near secluded remote places or corners in the house, then there is a possibility that mice inhabit somewhere.

Third, try to develop a good hearing for scampering and rustlings that go around the place. These are indicators to mice waypoints and if you pay close attention to the noises they make, you may be able to distinguish their point of exit and entry thus, you will be able to identify their hiding places.

After executing all the steps said above and you're still not sure if there is really a mice infestation in your house, you may opt to avail other conventional and unconventional means to detect their existence. One would be making use of UV light or ultraviolet bulbs to detect urine traces coming from mice that roam around the place. That way you will be able to detect waypoints even after they left going back to their hideouts. Another way is to sprinkle powder on the suspected infested areas and monitor it for a few days. If tracks appear, then there should be an infestation going on under your nose.

Cleaning-Up after You Eat

This is something that you really have to routinely do. This way you will cut off the food supply of the pest mice in the area. Food residues and morsels that fall on the floor are invitation cards to pest mice and they will most likely swarm over those places thus making your dwelling a highly conducive place for mice breeding ground. Make sure that after eating meals upon the table or any place inside the house a clean-up follows after. Get rid of bread crumbs on the floor. Check on secluded remote places in the house for morsels of food and clean them up right away. If you or any members of the household eats on the sofa while watching TV make sure that you check on the sofa corners and under the couch for food leftovers. If you cut off their food supply, they will be most likely be deterred to swarm all over the place.

In this way you also prevent the probable communication of parasites and diseases as mice are known carriers of some of the most dangerous diseases to humans. Leptosfirosis is just one of the many fatal diseases that are communicated to humans through rodent urine. Mice as rodents are potentially carriers as well of the disease. Also, avoid stagnating water deposits anywhere in the house as it might be contaminated with mice urine and therefore communicate diseases like Leptospirosis.

The Use of Poison

This option however should be your last resort when addressing the pest mice problem in your house. As much as they are very effective in killing the pests they also pose the threat of inviting other more pests. As poison will take time to toll on their victims, mice that have eaten the poison will most likely do on random places in your house, and it's possible they will die in places where it is remotely visible. Dead mice bodies decay and will eventually cause bacteria visitation.

Pest mice control should be a routine maintenance in any household. Not only will it save your house from destruction and some other properties from damaging, it will also help save the very lives of the people inside the house.

All the best,
Sergiu Zburatoru
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