Do They Cause Damage?
Mice have shared our food and shelter since the beginning of time. They are a significant pest of stored grains and other foods causing millions of dollars in damage annually. They are also implicated in the transmission of multiple disease organisms including: plague, typhus, rickettsia pox, leptospirosis, salmonella, Hantavirus and others. Mice are good chewers and can cause damage to electrical wiring-in the home and even to a car parked in the garage or a tractor in the shed!
Do I Have An Infestation?
Mice are primarily nocturnal so often the first sign of an infestation is hearing their activity in walls and ceilings at night. Signs of a mouse infestation can include finding droppings, damage to food products from feeding and textiles from nesting, of finding pet or other foods in unusual places as mice will store food for later use.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
Control begins with an inspection to determine the extent of the infestation and more importantly, potential entry points. Only then can a strategy be developed to eliminate the current infestation with baits and traps, and locate and seal entry points to make it more difficult for new mice to enter the structure.
How Can You Help?
Preventing mice includes modifying the habitat around the structure to make it less inviting. Reducing ground cover, tall grasses, wood piles, and stored items outdoors to reduce nesting sites. Storing pet and bird foods in metal containers and moving bird feeders away from the structure reduce food attraction. Keeping the outside of the structure in good repair, caulking cracks and crevices outside and in attached garages can help prevent entry by new mice.
Mice are one of the most prolific and successful mammals on the Earth and can adapt to many climates and geographies. They are outstanding climbers and can enter buildings at upper levels as well as near ground level. Mice have relatively poor eyesight. Therefore, pheromones in the urine, feces and body oils play a major role on the social life of mice. Essentially, wherever a mouse travels, he/she has left a trail that says ‘follow me’.