EEEK! Was that a mouse in the house you just saw scurrying across the kitchen floor? With another New England winter upon us, many rodents have moved indoors in search of warm shelter. This creates a potential problem for homeowners in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, as one or two mice can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation! If you’ve seen a mouse in the house or suspect you may have a mouse problem this winter, here’s some helpful information!
Q: I just saw a mouse in my home… does that mean I have an infestation?
A: Occasionally, one mouse can find its way into your home without progressing into a large-scale infestation. However, seeing one mouse is also of the best indications that there are more mice lurking somewhere in the home!
Q: Are there any other signs of a mice infestation?
A: Signs off a rodent infestation can include:
- Rodent droppings
- Tracks, footprints or tail drags along dusty areas of the house
- Scurrying, scratching or squeaking noises in the walls
- Musky, stale odors caused by rodent urine and feces
If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, there’s a chance your home may be experiencing an infestation.
Q: What are the best ways to control a mouse infestation on my own?
A: The classic wooden snap traps are effective when it comes to controlling a light to moderate infestation. In conjunction with these, try using a variety of other traps such as glue traps or multiple-capture live traps. Make sure you’re using a variety of high quality bait in the traps, as mice will overlook old or stale food if there are better options in your kitchen cabinets! You can also consider using bait stations around the exterior of your home.
Q: Where should I place the mouse traps?
A: Proper placement is key. Try putting the traps perpendicular to the walls, with the trigger section facing the baseboard. The mouse should run directly into the bait as it scurries along the walls. Mice seldom travel more than 20 feet from food sources and nesting areas, so place the traps anywhere you see mice or signs of mice. Change trap locations every few days.
Q: Is calling a pest professional necessary for getting rid of an infestation?
A: While it may be possible to alleviate an infestation on your own, it’s typically advised to call a professional when it comes to complete elimination. Pest control companies have the knowledge and resources necessary to rid your home of the mice, as well as protect your home against future infestations.
As always, if you have any questions, need help with a pest problem or want to learn more about our pest control service plans, feel free to give Graduate Pest Solutions a call today!