Best Ways to Get Rid of House Mice in Your Kitchen, Walls & Other Areas of Your Sebastopol, CA Home

The common house mouse (Mus musculus) is considered one of the most bothersome pests due to its ability to thrive in a variety of different conditions within urban settings. The house mouse is also responsible for contaminating surfaces and spreading food borne diseases such as salmonella as well as destroying personal property and structures with their constant chewing and gnawing.

How Do You Know if You Have a Mouse Infestation; Signs of House Mice

You may have a house mouse problem if you find droppings, tracks and fresh gnaw marks. Nests are typically found in little used locations such as storage boxes or closets in little used areas of the home. The house mouse will gather shredded paper, hair and other fibrous materials to build nests. You may also notice an odor that is often described as musky. House mice are nocturnal and you may hear scraping sounds at night when they are most active.

House Mouse Identification

House mice are gray in color with small eyes and large ears. Adults are small in stature measuring approximately 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches in length from nose to the tip of the tail. The house mouse feeds on grains in the wild but in urban areas they have become accustomed to a diet which includes a variety of human foods. They also have a highly attuned sense of hearing and smell, are extremely agile and can easily run along horizontal surfaces such as cables wires. Due to their small size they can squeeze into holes as small as a ¼ of an inch in diameter. Females are capable of giving birth to as many as ten litters in a single year which typically consist of five to six young. Young mature in six to ten weeks. The typical lifespan of a house mouse is nine to twelve months.

House Mouse Prevention

To effectively control house mice you will need to concentrate on three main areas which consist of sanitation, exclusion and removal. Rodents, including house mice are capable of surviving with limited supplies of food and shelter. While higher standards of sanitation will deter mice to some extent, preventing them from gaining access in the key method of control. Begin by eliminating any openings that the mice may use to gain access. Seal all cracks and openings around water pipes, vents and utility wires with concrete regardless of size. Examine door and window screens to ensure that they are fitting tightly. Make sure that packaged food items are stored in airtight containers or glass jars. Remove any clutter around the perimeter of your home to discourage mice from approaching and building nests. Your Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay professional will inspect your property to determine the best control and removal services for your specific circumstances. If you find a dead rodent always wear rubber gloves when handling them and cleaning contaminated areas. Double bag any dead rodents that you find and make sure that the bags are tightly sealed before disposing of them in a trash receptacle with a tight fitting lid. Disinfect the entire area with disinfectant. Wash your gloved hands with disinfectant before removing them. Wash your bare hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Rodent Removal

If you have an infestation in your home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay for professional rodent removal services. To offer professional rodent exclusion, control and removal services. contact us today.


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