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Mice are difficult to deal with since they are small and quick to move around the structure of a building. Rodent management, control, and elimination are important and begin with a thorough inspection of the structure, building, or property needing attention. Identifying your rodent "target" is an important step in deciding what procedure in control must be taken. Mice are as cunning as they are sneaky and will find their way into your home at one time or another. Maintenance to prevent mice is very important, but far from anyoneís mind.

To most people the solution lies with off the shelf products such as poisons and baits. These unless administered properly can endanger non target pests, and cause more trouble than they are worth. When handling poisons or chemicals it is best left to professionals to handle it for best results. Mice are underestimated by the majority of people. They are insect and disease, infested rodents and should be kept under control. When left unattended they will ruin your home by leaving insects, urine, faeces, and disease in and around your home. Mouse urine and faeces infested attics can pose a great health threat to you and your family. Mouse proofing a home is the first step in preventing mice. To do the best job possible you must go where the mouse goes, identify the main and all possible entry points. A thorough outside inspection must be done to find all exterior entry points. Not all entries are seen from the outside so it is important to go inside attics and or crawl spaces to find the hidden and important ones.

Mouse trapping and removal Control
Mouse trapping isn't as simple as setting traps down. Positioning of traps is vital for success in catching mice to control them. It is important to be sure traps are set in the mouse's path and in the direction of travel. Identifying the direction of the path of travel is important and very difficult. When baiting snap traps itís important not to contaminate bait with human scent. This might render the snap trap useless. Mice are cautious with the scent of humans and if contaminated they might not approach a trap. When removing dead mice you should take precautions by wearing appropriate, intact rubber or plastic gloves. It is well documented that mice carry many infectious diseases such as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), Maurine typhus, Rat-bite fever (RBF) Leptospirosis.

Attic Control
Body oils, pheromone scent, disease infested urine and droppings are all things left behind by mice. These scents and droppings left behind by mice that have been removed can attract future rodents. As you will now know mice carry many infectious diseases, but also the urine and droppings that are left behind are prone to develop fungus that lead to aerosolized viruses. The unsanitary conditions left behind by mice may pose a threat to you and your family's health. Precautions must be taken when dealing with mouse urine and faeces. Gloves, a respirator, and a biohazard suit should be worn when handling mouse waste to prevent contamination. All contaminated insulation along with faeces must be removed from attics and crawl spaces. Vacuuming of an attic must be done with a .03 micron filter vacuum. Then the attic can be sanitized and deodorized.

Mouse proofing
With mouse proofing itís important to find and seal off all access points that mice might have. It may be a chewed hole or a building imperfection. Understanding mice are sneaky and great contortionist will help you find their entry points. Everyday mouse rules say a mouse can fit into a quarter size hole or Ĺ inch hole. Experience has told us mice don't really care what size the hole is as they can always make it bigger.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and defecate in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouseís tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollarsí worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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