Mice

Mice are sometimes kept as pets or used to feed other pets.

When mice enter structures uninvited it becomes a problem.  Mice can enter a structure as small as 1/4 of an inch, or about the size of your pinky finger.  If their head fits the rest of their body will follow.  Mice tend to freeze to death fairly easy so they need to stay indoors or close to a heat source to survive our winters.  We tend to see a spike in activity as the temperature starts to drop around 50-60 degrees in the fall time of year.   Then again on those odd New England thaw days in January and February where it’s 60 degrees again.  Mice will find ways under doors, around or in dryer vents, near chimneys, up through the corner gap in siding and can even scale the side of a building to reach a second story or attic area.

Mice can survive on just about anything, and weighing at only a few ounces they don’t need much.

Unlike rats, mice don’t need a constant source of water.  They can get most of their moisture content from the food they eat.  Our most common mice in Connecticut are the Deer Mouse or aka White-footed Mouse and the House Mouse.  Both have similar habits.  The pic above shows a Deer Mouse, note the colors resembling a white tail deer.  Housing mice are more grey and can look like baby rats.  These mice (and rats included) are known as “commensal rodents” in the pest industry, or to translate means to literally “take from the table”.  In other words, they can and will live right among us, eating from our pantries and sleeping in our cupboards.   Female mice gestation period is about 30 days (give or take a day or two) and will give birth to 4-6 young each time.  The juvenile mice will become sexually mature in another 30 days and will begin to have litters or their own just as soon.  Doing a quick bit of math…and given the example that half a litter are females, in about three months time you could have as many as 90 mice running around!

Control starts with proper identification of the mice involved.

The next step is to gain control of the population inside a building or home while working to seal up entry ways to prevent further uninvited attendees.  We would also place down bait-stations along the exterior perimeter that contain a rodent poison bait inside.  This will stop future infestations, the mice will have food, shelter and no reason to enter inside.  These bait-stations are tamper resistant against pets, kids and non-target animals.  Maintenance is key in continuing to keep mice at bay.  You can’t realistically seals a structure 100% so spending thousands of dollars on a company to only use mechanical exclusion can be a waste of money.   Our company works in a multi-faceted approach to control, prevent and exclude mice on a continuous basis.  We do offer one-time applications, which will work well and depending on your location and specific environmental factors could keep you rodent free for a few months to a few years…each location is unique and an in-depth inspection is the first step to deciding a plan of action.

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