It can be distressing to see a mouse in your home, and it might lead you to ask yourself several questions. In this article, we’re going to go over some of the questions that may pop in your mind and answer them in order to better help you deal with the infestation.
What is the reason mice entered the building?
Mice have been around humans for thousands for years, and they have evolved to take advantage of our shelters and our food. They are also curious, highly agile creatures. They investigate their surroundings constantly, which often leads them to human settlements and inside our homes and offices. On top of that, they can squeeze through holes the size of a pencil and they can gnaw through plaster and wood.
Mice can smell and find any food that is not in a sealed container. From cereals, to candy, meats, nuts, and fats, they will eat almost anything, and they are not picky at all when it comes to the location of the food. They will eat food from the pantry and they will eat food from the garbage can. Once mice set up inside a building that has food and warmth available, they have no reason to leave.
Are the rodents that I see rats or mice?
Rats and mice are mostly set apart by their size, with rats being much larger than mice. However, a young rat may be roughly as big as an adult mouse, but if you pay close attention, you will notice that the young rat has a very large head when compared to its body, while the mouse has a small head. You may also not come into contact with the rodent that is responsible for the infestation, so you will need to look for other signs in order to identify the species. The best way to do this is to look at the droppings. A rat’s droppings are about the size of a grain of rice, while mouse droppings are smaller.
How are mice controlled?
In order to control a mouse infestation, you will have to use traps and/or poisons. There are traps that are specifically designed for mice and they will not work on rats, but you can also purchase traps that are effective against all rodents. This will allow you to tackle an infestation regardless of which species is in the home. If you have any other questions about the house mouse, or if you would like to set up a pest control appointment, contact us today.