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.
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.
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.