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If you have been startled while walking in the kitchen by a creature scurrying across the floor, it’s safe to say that it was a house mouse that was making a mad dash. The house mouse is the most common rodent in the United States and it is usually around the fall and winter times when the weather is colder that mice begin venturing on indoors to seek warmth and shelter. These uninvited guests may be small but if left to themselves they can create significant damage for frustrated homeowners.

The average house mouse is about 2 inches long if you don’t count their often hairless tail. A mouse’s tail accounts for over half of it’s body length. House mice are usually varying shades of brown, have four legs, large ears and whiskers. House mice are notorious for multiplying at alarming rates that can very quickly get out of control.

House mice are known by such a name because of their affinity for living close to people. Mice have adapted in such a way where they prefer to live amongst us and enjoy the food we eat and the shelters we reside in. House mice found in the house should be controlled immediately as they can multiply quickly, contaminate foods with their droppings and urine and can transmit diseases. While rats are more harmful to humans than mice, mice can cause far greater damage to clothing, furniture, books, and many other household items.

If you have house mice scurrying around your home, you need to act fast. Solutions Pest and Lawn has all the products you need to eliminate these rodents and also provide free how-to advice from our DIY pest control experts.

How To Get Rid of House Mice: 3 Step Solution

Controlling house mice or any rodent for that matter is an ongoing process as they can travel from near and from far to seek out your home for shelter. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we not only have all the items you need to successfully put together a control program, but we also offer simple how-to advice either on our website or with a live expert to guide you in tackling your house mouse issue the right way. There are three main steps when it comes to eliminating a house mouse infestation: sanitation, control methods like traps and baits, and then mouse-proofing your home with exclusion measures.

Step 1: To begin addressing your house mouse problem, you first need to do a thorough inspection of your home to see where the mice are frequenting and gathering. Their high activity areas may be indoors between wall voids, the kitchen, or even outdoors. Check for mouse droppings and listen for squeaks and noises, particularly at night when mice are the most active and are gnawing and communicating amongst one another. After that, you will need to sanitize your home thoroughly to make it so that the mice do not have any food and water sources out in the open for them to enjoy. Reduce clutter as much as possible, vacuum, sweep-up and mop up food crumbs and grease and oils around the kitchen.

Step 2: Once a detailed inspection and sanitation has been done to your home, you can then lay out baits and traps. Mice will be eager to take any bait you leave out if you did a good job with sanitation as there would be no other food that they can swipe up and eat. We have a variety of baits to choose from as well as effective traps both lethal and non-lethal. We suggest using Eratication bait blocks placed inside an Aegis Bait station or JT Eaton glueboards. Lay out traps near walls with an appealing bait.  Another option is to use a mechanical Snap-E trap for mice. Place up against a wall for it to deal a lethal blow to rodents. We also recommend laying out bait outdoors rather than indoors to prevent mice from dying from the bait indoors in an area where its hard to grab and dispose of them.

Step 3: At this point, those rodents around your home have been caught or poisoned. Before you go patting yourself on the back for a job well done, you need to carry out an exclusion routine to discourage house mice to seek out your home in the future. Seal gaps and holes with black foam or Stuf-It Copper Mesh.Maintain a clean and sanitary home, take out trash regularly, seal gaps and holes in your home which would be used as a point of entry with caulking. Exclusion measures is an ongoing process if you don’t want to deal with another house mouse indoors again.

Browse our house mouse control products below and as always, if you have any questions or concerns or would like some more detailed how-to advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, live chat or email.

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