Mice

How to identify
The common house mouse measures about 31/2 inchesMice and weighs less than an ounce. Mice have lived up to six years; however, most have a life expectancy of less than one. They produce young year round with an average litter of six being reared every 50 days. Two mice can grow into a major problem in only a few months.

Mice cause multiple problems
One mouse feeds 15 to 20 times each day consuming five to ten times its body weight in a single month, creating nearly 1,400 fecal droppings. Mice damage both dry goods and stored food, gnaw telephone and security alarm wires, and chew electrical wires causing building fires. They cause odor problems from urine soaked nests, carry fleas, mites, and other parasitic pests, and contribute to asthma in children.

In addition to the nuisance of hearing mice scampering inside walls and attics, a number of medical maladies have been caused by contamination related to mice, their fecal droppings and their urine. Salmonella food poisoning, infectious jaundice, rickettsial pox, meningitis, tapeworm, hantavirus, asthma and a number of other diseases are often associated with mice.

While over-the-counter rodent baits and snap traps may kill mice, the safety issues associated with both approaches make using professional help a wise decision. Mice develop large populations very quickly, so complete control must be gained as soon as possible avoid long and costly efforts later on.

How to limit the conditions that attract or support Mice

  • Move bird feeders away from your building. Bird seed, especially sunflower, is a favorite of mice.
  • Use catch trays under bird feeders.
  • Do not leave pet food outside.
  • Move wood piles, firewood, or debris away from foundations.
  • Avoid storing anything on the ground near your building.
  • Do not allow garbage to overflow from trash containers.
  • Keep trash collection areas clean.
  • Trim weeds and grass near foundations.
  • Avoid planting heavy seed-bearing plants near foundations.
  • Trim tree branches that touch outside walls and the roof. (Mice use them to find their way into attics.)
  • Seal cracks around foundations, around windows and doors and openings around pipes and utility lines. (If you can fit a pencil in a crack, a mouse can squeeze through it.)
  • Install door sweeps under doors.
  • Seek professional assistance and consider an ongoing, preventive program.

Buffalo Exterminating is tough on Mice
We address both outside and inside areas in mouse control programs. Professional outside feeding stations are often necessary to eliminate mouse activity outside a structure. Rodent baits, if needed, will be used judiciously inside a structure to avoid accidental contact by children and pets. Multiple-catch mouse traps, snap traps and glue board traps are all effective when properly placed along mouse runways. Inside services usually require an initial treatment with one to three follow up visits depending on the problem.

Preventive maintenance service plans are often necessary to help detect and prevent mouse activity in the future. Outside baiting, structural rodent proofing and inside trapping and monitoring programs will ensure ongoing control.

More information
Mice can:

  • Run 30 feet straight up a block wall.
  • Jump 12 inches high.
  • Jump from eight feet without injury.
  • Squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
  • Thrive at temperatures no warmer than 14 degrees F.


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