When temperatures drop, mice will begin to enter homes to find food, water, and shelter from the cold. These small rodents often carry disease and can cause extreme damage to your home, so it’s imperative that you address the problem immediately, even if you see only a single mouse in your home.
While there are many measures that you can take to eradicate mice and prevent them from coming back, you may need to call in a professional depending on the scope of the issue—for example, if you’re dealing with a colony of mice and various entry points. Here’s how to identify a mouse infestation and how to get rid of mice.
If you spot a mouse in your house, it’s likely not the only one. While mice are nocturnal, you may catch sight of them scurrying across your floor during the day. Here are some signs you have a mouse problem:
Mice are just 12–20 cm in length, including the tail, and are white, brown, or gray. The easiest way to differentiate between a mouse and a rat, other than size, is their tail. Rats have tails that are long, thick, hairless, and scaly, whereas mice have tails that are thin and hairy. It’s important to know whether you’re dealing with mice or rats because the methods for getting rid of these rodents are different.
Mice can enter your home through even the tiniest openings, so a thorough look at your home may be required to spot the entry point.
Here are three ways to identify how mice are getting into your home.
Even if you’re contending with a single mouse, it’s smart to get rid of it as soon as you can. One female mouse can give birth to a dozen babies per litter and birth a litter every 20 days. Follow these methods to quickly get rid of an infestation.
For homes with pets or small children, natural methods may be preferred as a safer option to get rid of mice. Some methods include:
Traditional chemical methods will be effective in eliminating mice in your home, though can be dangerous to humans.
Always read directions when using chemical methods and be aware of risks to children and pets.
Infestations typically begin in the fall, when temperatures begin to drop and mice are seeking warmth. Begin precautionary measures as summer ends and maintain these tactics throughout the fall and winter.
To keep your home mouse-free for good, keep in mind these best practices.
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