Have you ever been woken up during the night by the scratching sound of something moving around in the walls of your bedroom? Or been cleaning your kitchen and found small black rodent droppings that make your stomach churn? Unfortunately, you are not the first person this has happened to. As one of the more common house pests in the U.S, mice are commonly found living inside houses, apartments, and commercial buildings. Left untreated, can cause a rodent infestation.
Once you’ve heard rodent movements or found their droppings, you need to take action. If you detect the presence of one mouse, you can be assured there are more you’re not seeing! Mice have a very short gestation cycle (3 weeks) and have large litters (average size of 8), so 2 mice quickly become 10, then 20, then 60 … you get the gist. Believe it or not, just sixty weeks of uncontrolled mouse infestation could result in over one million mice!
If the thought of reproducing mice doesn’t make your skin crawl, reading about the diseases carried by rodents will. Rodents such as the Deer Mouse, White-Footed Mouse, Cotton Rat, and Rice Rat carry hantaviruses which are shed through their droppings, urine, and saliva. If humans breathe air that is contaminated with hantavirus, they can contract severe and even fatal respiratory illnesses.
How to Know if You Have a Rodent Infestation
There are many common signs that you have a rodent infestation:
• Finding small, cylindrical droppings in cupboards, drawers, and other areas where food is found.
• Finding droppings in linen closets and other places where things like fabric, paper, and other potential rodent nesting material is stored.
• Signs of nibbling and chewing on food packages, especially in the corners.
• Finding holes chewed on walls, flooring, and along baseboards (possibly where the rodent is entering your home).
• Foul scents in tight, hidden areas
How to Get Rid of Mice
Because it is located in the southeastern United States, Mississippi has a mild climate and lush vegetation which mice thrive on.
There are multiple ways to prevent infestation and get rid of mice once you realize you have them in your home. To begin with, keep both the outside and inside of your house clean and free of food matter, clutter, and debris.
If you catch the infestation in the early stages, arranging mouse traps around your house may be enough to eliminate them. If you aren’t comfortable doing that, or if you don’t catch the infestation in the early stages, then the best way to get rid of mice is by calling a professional pest control service to take care of the infestation for you.
At Tri-County Pest Control, our trained extermination technicians have years of experience in rodent and pest control throughout North Mississippi. Through the use of extensive knowledge, effective techniques, and safe products, Tri-County Pest Control can quickly rid your home of invasive insects, mice, and other rodents. We can also survey your property to detect and close off access points through which rodents are entering your home. Read more about our detailed approach to rodent removal here.
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