The Illinois Department of Public Health tells us that “House mice are gray or brown rodents with relatively large ears and small eyes. An adult weighs about 1/2 ounce and is about 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, including the 3 to 4 inch tail. In a single year, a female may have five to 10 litters of usually five or six young each. Young are born 19 to 21 days after mating, and they are mature in six to 10 weeks. The life span of a mouse is about nine to 12 months.” Knowing this information, it’s no wonder people with a mice infestation are so eager to get rid of them – fast, and to prevent them from coming back.
Mice eat human food, leave disease-causing droppings, and gnaw at structures, making them one of the most troublesome pests in the United States. They find small openings around pipes, around doors and windows, garage doors and vents. Mice can enter a home through holes ¼ inch long. Once in, they tend to look for food left out on kitchen countertops, unsealed containers, on floors or near pets.
People usually spot the signs of mice, such as droppings or chewed materials, before they spot the actual mice. Trapping the mice and disposing of them can be done using a variety of traps. The trickier step is to locate their entry point and seal it shut.
It’s very important to identify how the mice are entering your home and then filling the holes to ensure they don’t keep coming back. Our Exclusion Service will help identify these holes and we can fix the pieces of your home that are providing access to pests.