Size: Small, its body rarely exceeding two inches long and one ounce in weight. Color: Usually gray in color, but some may appear darker. House mice thrive under a variety of conditions. They are found in and around homes and farms as well as in open fields and agricultural lands. House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, livestock, or other animals.
They cause damage to structures and property, and they transmit diseases such as salmonella and swine dysentery. Rodents live everywhere outside and could enter at any time, but fortunately, this does not occur often. Usually, most home invasions occur in the fall, not because of cooler weather, but because the seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. Mice have keen senses of hearing, smell, taste and touch. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical surface. They will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 12 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. Mice can squeeze through openings slightly larger than 1/4 inch in diameter. They capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Most garage doors on homes allow enough space for mice to fit underneath, as well.
Droppings, fresh gnaw marks and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mouse nests, made from fine shredded paper or other fibrous material, often are found in sheltered locations. House mice have a characteristic musky odor that identifies their presence. Mice are active mostly at night, but can be seen occasionally during daylight hours.
Effective control involves three aspects: sanitation, mouse-proof construction, and population reduction. The first two are preventive measures. When a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction almost always is necessary. Reduction techniques include trapping and/or baiting.
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Mouse-proof construction is the most successful and permanent form of house mouse control.
Stuf-fit“Build them out” by eliminating all openings larger than 1/4 inch through which they can enter a structure. “Stuf-fIt” is a rust proof copper meshing for sealing rodent entry points. Use it in all kinds of openings to keep out all kinds of pests. When tightly packed into a gap, crack or weep hole, the copper mesh resists being pulled out. Make exclusion work a lot easier. This is a permanent product because it is pure copper. It’s interlocked loops can’t be pulled apart like steel wool. You can tack it, staple it or glue it into the hardest to get at openings.
Like Stuf-fit, PrevenChew Stainless Steel Mesh will get the job done. Great for filling gaps due to its crimped design or as barrier for protecting larger openings.
Pur Black is an awesome sealant foam that works great for outdoor applications. Pur Black is dispensed from a professional applicator straw that requires no gun – it’s economical size is great for medium sized projects and one time jobs. Perfect for blending in with an outdoor environment, and won’t get a “dirty” appearance. You can also use this sealant in conjunction with Stuf_Fit or PrevenChew for absolute exclusion of rodents, insects, or birds.
Applying Stuff-It or PrevenChew with a sealant Foam such as Pur-Black or IPF Foam would be perfect for sealing this opening where the sidewalk slab meets the brick of the house.
We are getting exceptional bait acceptance with this product out in the field! Even with competing food sources, rodents are eagerly feeding on it.
FirstStrike Soft Bait is a new concept in rodenticide technology from Liphatech. It is highly effective and is easy to secure to bait station rods. The most technologically advanced rodenticide on the market containing Difethialone, which was invented and patented by Liphatech, and has half the active ingredient compared to other anticoagulant rodenticides.
Rodent Bait Stations such as the Protecta LP are used extensively in industrial or food plant operations for exterior perimeter protection. They are also great for perimeter protection around the home or next to piles of firewood or excessive harborage areas. Whether you are in a rural area (mesas, mountains, woods) or in an urban environment, these stations will provide you with year round protection from foraging rodents. The ideal spacing for Protecta LP’s range from 20 ft. to 50 ft. A lot of homes keep no less than four. One for each side of the house.
Earth Care Odor Removal Bags
Used by Pest Control Professionals to remove dead rodent odors, urine and feces odors, skunk odors, as well as odors from chemicals, cigarette smoke, and Earth Care Bags do not have to come into contact with dead rodent or odor causing agent. Simply place the bag near the odor and in 24 hours the odor will be gone.
Earth Care acts like a magnet by attracting and neutralizing smells. It is made from an all natural mineral, is non toxic and biodegradable and safe for Planet Earth. It is also safe around children and pets, even if eaten. Earth Care adsorbs odors rather than masking them with a fragrance.
Covers up to 200 square. Last 3-4 months in use or indefinitely in plastic wrap.
Additional Tips for Control
The best way to avoid invasions of mice is to (1) provide as little harborage as possible that might attract rodents, and (2) seal as many holes and cracks in the outside of the home through which mice might enter. The following recommendations should be followed to help prevent rodents from seeking the shelter provided by your home:
Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
If possible, remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, etc. If these are near the foundation of the home they serve as harborages to attract rodents. Once there, it is any easy step for rodents to enter the building itself.
Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the homes foundation. This also serves as attractive harborage for rodents – mice in particular.