The Trick To Getting Rid Of Mice In Your Kittitas County Home

Mice are small rodents that commonly get into Kittitas County homes, and when they get inside, they can present a threat. Mice chew on things. Lots of things. One of the things they chew on is wires. If a mouse chews through a live wire, it can cause a spark. Experts believe that 20 to 25 percent of structural fires that ignite from an unknown source are likely to be caused by rodents. So small rodents can be a big problem. Sadly, this is only one of the many problems with having a mice infestation. Today, we're going to take a look at how tricky it is to get control of mice in Kittitas County, share a few facts about mice, and discuss the trick to getting mice out of your home for good. Read on to learn more.

Tricky Mice

When it comes to getting control of mice, you need to know what you're up against. Wild mice are not the same as house mice. Wild mice don't do well in homes. They prefer to burrow in the ground and live in natural habitats. House mice have learned to adapt to living with humans. They've become so adapted to living with us that there are currently no known populations of house mice anywhere in the world. This is important to understand. House mice don't want to leave your home no matter how hard you work at protecting food sources. Here are a few more things you should know about house mice:

  • A house mouse can feed on bird seed, grass seed, nuts, berries, fruit, dead insects, and many other natural sources of food outside of your home. It doesn't need to feed on the food in your cabinets. While protecting food is important, it isn't going to stop a mouse infestation on its own.
  • A house mouse can climb a tree like a squirrel. It can also scale some exteriors just as easily. When you seal and protect potential entry points, you need to consider openings that you think are way too high for a mouse to enter, and you need to trim tree branches away from your roofline.
  • A house mouse has strong teeth that can chew through a piece of timber. If you hope to keep them out, you may need to bolster some vulnerable spots with metal flashing.
  • A full-grown house mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. It has a very malleable body. So you need to consider even the tiniest of holes when you attempt to seal your exterior.
  • A house mouse uses its nose for many things. It has a highly-tuned sense of smell. If you put traps down to catch a house mouse, and that little mouse smells you on the trap, it will avoid it.

A Few More Helpful Facts About Mice

Now that we've taken a look at a few abilities that make mice tough to get out and keep out, let's look at some general facts that make mouse control tough.

  • Have you heard the term, breeding like rabbits? Well, rabbits have nothing on mice. Mice are prolific breeders. They breed so fast that it is possible for a mouse population to grow faster than you can cull them with traps.
  • When a mouse gets caught by its leg in a mouse trap, it will chew it off. It would rather live with three appendages than stay in your trap and find out what you're going to do to it. This can lead to having a mouse die in your walls. If you think mice squeaking in your walls is bad, trust us when we say, a dead mouse in your walls, is worse.
  • There is something you should know about mice squeaking in your walls. It is common for mice to get into wall voids. You may already know this. What you may not have considered is that your cat can't get into your wall voids. This makes cats a poor choice for correcting a mice infestation.
  • Mice can become trap shy. If a mouse survives a trap or it sees another dead mouse in a trap, it can start to avoid them. This will make that mouse more difficult to remove. If your goal is to have no mice in your home, improperly deploying spring traps will work against this goal.

Would You Like To Have No Mice In Your Home?

If you live in Kittitas County, let the rodent control professionals here at Prosite address your mouse infestation. We use field-tested methods and tamper-resistant traps to remove mice, and we keep rodents from continuing to enter your home by sealing entry points and fortifying vulnerable spots. Removal is just the first step. Reach out to us to learn more or to schedule a service visit. We'll help you find the right rodent control plan for your Kittitas County home.

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