Mice are small rodents that have the ability to cause a great deal of damage in a relatively short period of time. They can carry and spread a variety of diseases, contaminate food sources, and can even cause fires and severe structural damage to buildings. They are 2.5 to 3.5 inches long and usually weigh less than 1 ounce. The House Mouse is gray in color with small eyes, large ears, and a tail as long as its body. They have poor vision, but an excellent sense of hearing, touch, smell, and taste. They are good climbers, swimmers, runners, and jumpers.
Mice are inquisitive by nature and nocturnal. They usually feed twice a day, at dawn and at dusk, but during their foraging trips they will investigate changes and/or new items in their territory. The blind and bald young are weaned in 3 to 4 weeks and reach sexual maturity after only 6 weeks. Because most adults live for about a year, their gestation period lasts about 20 days, and they produce between 6 and 20 young per litter, the average female can produce over 100 offspring in her lifetime with ideal conditions and plentiful resources.
Droppings can serve as a roadmap for pest control technicians. They can provide turn-by-turn directions of where the mouse has been, where it is going next, and how many of its friends are along for the ride. In 6 months, a rodent will eat about 4 pounds of food, and create a substantial amount of urine and fecal deposits. Their droppings are 1/8″ long with two pointed ends and can carry a variety of diseases. Because of the risks involved, the removal of fecal matter should be handled by a trained professional.
At Knock’em Out Pest Control, we believe that in order to properly eliminate a rodent problem, the client and pest control provider must work together. In a general sense, while there are some very important differences between rats and mice, we believe proper rodent control follows the same basic formula. The difference is in the application of techniques, not philosophy.
- Eliminate the current rodent population (pest control provider).
- Identify the contributing factors involved in the issue (pest control provider) and eliminate contributing issues (client).
- Identify the rodent entry points (pest control provider) and repair the deficiencies to prevent future issues (client).
- Assess the external pressures to the structure and determine if a proactive rodent program is called for (pest control provider and client).
While the “formula” does not change, the application of principles does change from client to client. The application of our protocols is dependent upon how the rodents have adapted to your environment and the uniqueness of your situation. This includes taking into consideration any sensitive situations such as children or pets.
Some companies favor the trapping of rodents. Some companies lean towards chemical solutions to rodent problems. We prefer to evaluate each situation individually. Normally we integrate multiple strategies to combat your issue successfully. As with all other aspects of pest control it is important develop and implement a plan based on the uniqueness of your situation.
Successful rodent service is not a mystery; it is a combination of expertise, good old fashioned hard work, and client cooperation. Although many situations can be solved with a short-term program, some situations do call for some kind of ongoing service. For instance, if your building is located next to a foreclosed, dilapidated, rodent infested building, continuing service would be necessary until the problem on the conjoining property is solved.
Our attention to detail combined with our expertise have allowed our company to help thousands of clients through similar situations, and we are confident that we can do the same for you.