Because mice are so adaptable, they can be very difficult to control as pests.
While some mice populations have become dependent on humans for food, others have been known to overtake natural habitats to the detriment of indigenous species.
Moreover, as cities grow and flourish so do mice – food sources become more abundant, and mice replicate. And throughout history, mice have had a significant impact on human health.
They help with the spread of disease, they contaminate food and water sources, and despite efforts to eradicate mice, their populations continue to grow.
When mice have babies, they have a lot of babies. Large litters are one of the main reasons it can be especially difficult to get rid of mice.
Unfortunately, a mouse infestation can be a big problem for home and business owners alike, and infestations are only likely to grow to provide ample food and shelter.
Nevertheless, mice also tend to have a short life span because of predation, so as difficult as it can be to eradicate a mouse problem, it is not impossible.
Certainly, any homeowner who has mice living in or around their property can attest to the significant damage these creatures can inflict. Mice can damage cars and motorized equipment, bicycles, electrical systems, furniture, and property.
Mice can also contaminate food sources, dishes, and cooking equipment. Of even greater concern is the fact that mice can also spread disease making them a significant risk to your family and pets.
As such, controlling mouse populations is paramount. In most cases, it will be well worth your while to contact a professional pest control provider. Not only will they offer the most effective techniques for ending a mouse infestation, but they can offer a variety of services from humane to environmentally friendly and pet safe pest control.
Still, if you prefer to tackle your mouse problems on your own, there are a variety of tools that can help you.
First, mouse traps baited with a food source can be very useful in catching and killing mice. If you prefer a more humane approach, glue or sticky traps are non-toxic and less likely to harm the mouse.
Cats can also be effective for controlling mouse populations, but it is not advisable to purchase a cat for the sole purpose of mouse control.
In addition, there are many commercially available mouse and rat poisons that can be effective, but these products are also toxic to children, house pets, and natural mouse predators (such as owls and hawks), so they should not be used.
Perhaps the best means of avoiding problems with mice is prevention. If a mouse cannot enter your home, it also cannot inhabit your home.
Seal entrances, vents, and cracks around your home either with metal flashing, mesh, or even cement. Clean up yard debris and ensure pet water and food sources are kept indoors.
Compost piles can attract mice so be sure to keep them well away from your house, garage, and shed. Also, bird and squirrel feeders will attract mice, so you need to keep this in mind if you want to attract local wildlife but avoid mice.
Mice can be nasty critters, and the amount of damage they can cause is more than enough reason to seek either DIY or mouse exterminator options.
Still, if you have unsuccessfully tried to eradicate your mouse infestation, it’s time to call in the professionals.