mice

ABOUT MICE

MICE MULTIPLY AT AN ALARMING RATE

  • Mice can conceive at four weeks old
  • The gestation period is about 19 - 21 days
  • They give birth to a litter of 3 to 14 young
  • One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year
  • The mouse population can increase very rapidly
  • Breeding occurs throughout the year

HOW MICE ENTER YOUR HOME

Mice enter homes often finding an entrance through the smallest of spaces. They are versatile and can gain access around cable lines, conduits, unsealed dryer vents, missing bricks, door sweeps, missing weather stripping, gaps under house doors and garage doors, HVAC where AC lines enter a home, a door being left open for long periods of time and a window open without a screen.

HOW TO GET RID OF MICE

Removing mice from a home often requires the assistance of a professional. 

The first step to controlling mice infestations is common sense. Elimination of their food, water and harboring sources. Elimination of whatever creates a convenient living situation for them is always the first step and should be addressed at the first sign of their presence. This includes looking for and removing access points where they maybe able to enter a pantry or other food storage locations. One of the best methods for detecting mice is listening for unfamiliar noises or clatter and looking for evidence (chewed wires, torn insulation and displaced material) and then consult with Pest Busters Pest Control before they cause more damage.

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HOW TO CLEAN UP MOUSE DROPPINGS

Mice are carriers of disease and can spread bacteria, parasites and viruses. Some diseases like the hantavirus are spread by contact with the urine and droppings and breathing dust raised by the cleanup of the droppings can cause serious illnesses. 

Practice safe cleanup procedures with these tips:

  • Wear rubber gloves and a mask during cleanup
  • Never sweep or vacuum dry droppings
  • Dampen dropping with a bleach and water solution before wiping up
  • Clean up the area with a wet paper towel
  • Put the droppings and cleaning material in a sealed plastic bag and put in a garbage container that is outside
  • Wash your hands and exposed clothing thoroughly after cleanup

HOW TO KEEP MICE AWAY

Make sure the outside perimeter of your house or building is secure. Mouse proof your home by sealing the openings around pipes, doors, windows and holes in the wall or foundations. Cut tall grass and weeds back from the house. Raise wood plies about 30cm and place them away from the house. Don't keep garbage bags outside your backdoor take it to a garbage container with a lid on it. Common mice attractions are birdseed. Keep birdseed in a plastic container with a lid and feed the birds far enough away from your house. If you have pets, keep their food in a plastic container with a lid. Clean under stoves, refrigerators and other heavy furniture and appliances. Remove clutter to reduce hiding spaces and make cleaning and control easier. Good sanitation won't get rid of mice, dirty and messy areas can attract mice.

Other interesting facts about mice:

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Planning-and-Operations/Pest-Management/Mice.aspx