The house mouse is a commensal pest that enters the home in search of food and shelter, and it will leave very few outward signs of its presence initially. This allows the mice to grow in numbers steadily as the months pass, and it is at that point that homeowners usually become aware that something is wrong. You may spot droppings, hear gnawing sounds, or notice strange greasy streaks along your floor and walls. You might even see a mouse out in the open.
If you notice these signs, you will have two options going forward – call a pest control pro or start using some DIY methods to get rid of the mice. If you go with the second option, you will have to set up traps and poisons, and then hope to remove the infestation completely. If you decide to call over a pest control pro, here is what you can expect:
The pest control specialist will inspect the home, looking for areas that show signs of heavy mouse activity, for cracks and holes which may be used by the mice to travel around the home, and for mouse nests themselves in order to more effectively apply control methods.
The pro will then start the control procedures, and the procedures he chooses will depend on the size of your home, the locations where mice are most active or where their nests are set up, and on the size of the infestation itself. Generally, the pest control pro will use traps to remove an infestation, but there are situations in which poisons will be more effective and they will deliver faster results. The problem with using poisons however is that you have no control over where the mice die, so they may die inside hard to reach areas.
A mouse inspection can also be used preventively. If you set up a regular inspection schedule, a pest control pro will be able to detect an infestation before it gets too big, which will simplify the control process and lower costs. A professional inspection is very thorough and any signs that there are mice in the home will be detected right away.
If you have any questions about the mouse inspection or control processes, or if you would like to set up an appointment with a pest control pro, contact us right away. Our customer service team is always ready to help.