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Talking About Pest Control

Ridding Your Home Of Rodents

Carlos Douglas

When mice have settled into your home, they can quickly and quietly become a nuisance and a health hazard. If you begin trapping them early, you can get rid of a colony before it becomes established. But if the colony grows, you'll soon need a rodent control service to help get rid of these pests.

The Rapidly Growing Mouse Colony

Each female mouse can produce a litter every three weeks with up to six mice in the litter. Dozens of mice are added to the colony each year this way, making it difficult to keep up with the growth to get rid of the mice. As the colony grows, more mice will wander out into your home looking for food and nesting materials.

They will search in drawers and cupboards, in closets and behind furniture and appliances. Mice don't hesitate to jump and climb and may be found on the upper shelves in a closet or on a book shelf. They chew into food packages, gnaw on paper products and clothing, and leave droppings that can spread disease to your family and pets.

Setting Traps Out

If you can get rid of enough mice from a colony and restrict their access to food sources, the rest of the colony will move out. Start putting traps out as soon as you see a mouse or signs of their activity. Some tips to help you successfully trap the mice include:

  • Using the basic spring mousetrap is effective.
  • Soft cheese or peanut butter are good baits to use in the traps.
  • Place traps at several inch intervals along suspected routes that the mice take through your house.
  • Wear gloves when setting the traps out so you don't put your scent on the traps.
  • Don't let pets come into contact with the traps and put their scent on them.
  • Remove dead mice from traps as soon as possible. The other mice will avoid an area where a dead mouse is present.
  • Always wear gloves when handling a trap with a dead mouse. They can spread parasites to you and your pets.
  • Put traps up on high surfaces, such as shelving, as well as along the floor and behind furniture and appliances.
  • Continue setting out traps for several days after you stop seeing mice. They may have found different routes to their food.

If the mouse colony grows faster than your ability to trap them, you'll need a rodent control service to come out to help. They will search for and remove the primary nesting areas and the mice living in them.