Mice (aka House Mouse)

Mice – (aka House mouse) Mus domesticus/musculus

Mice are a common problem in Northern Utah. They typically enter structures in search of food, water and shelter, tend to be more of a problem during the winter seeking shelter from the elements, and also to obtain food because food resources become more constricted during this time of the year.

Mice are able to enter holes and gaps about the size of a dime. They are excellent chewers and can gnaw holes in many materials including soft metals, wood and insulation. Mice are very good climbers and jumpers and are opportunistic feeders consuming most human edibles.

Typically the average homeowner encounters this invader from time to time. Control options normally include trapping and/or baiting. Traps can include snap, live, glue and electric traps. Traps are nice because if you catch the mouse or mice, then you can easily dispose of them. The challenge is that many times a mouse or a portion of the mouse population may avoid the traps. This leaves the baiting option. Baiting can be very effective if you have a product that is highly attractive to mice. In fact, Extermiman almost always leads with a baiting strategy for quick and effective total control of the problem within 3-7 days.

Some frequently asked questions we receive include where will the mice die and will there be an odor? Unfortunately there is no easy way around these issues when it comes to baiting. A pure baiting strategy allows mice to take the bait without the challenges of trying to catch them. Mice are allowed to feed freely on the poisoned product until they receive a lethal dose. When they die it can be anywhere. Typically, mice tend to nest in wall-voids and sub-floors. When mice die, they tend to pass away in these nesting areas, although, they can die anywhere when the lethal does hits them. A mouse may pass away inside a bait station during a feeding session or anyplace between nesting sites and the bait product. When mice die it can take up to  2 weeks for them to decompose. During this decomposition period, there is the chance for an odor to be present.  In most situations people do not detect an odor. Environmental conditions such as heat, airflow from the area of the carcass or the concentration of many mice dying in the same place can contribute to an odor problem. On the other hand, some environmental conditions can suppress odor such as cold temperatures, a dry environment, and dead air space. You can also think of it this way, if you don’t do anything at all, mice may die a natural death in these areas anyway.

Extermiman is able to introduce a solution to quickly resolve existing indoor mouse problems and also able to assist in the prevention of future indoor infestations through the implementation of outdoor control techniques.  We use secure tamper resistant stations to ensure safety of all children and pets.

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One Response to “Mice (aka House Mouse)”

  1. Dan Brewer November 20, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    You guys did a fantastic job on my house… We caught 3 mice, and I did not want to see one more hideous mouse… You guys came out set out the bait stations and completly got rid of the problem… Thanks again. I highly reccomend this sercvice

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