If you’ve seen signs of mice in your Marlborough home, you need to read this handy guide. In it, you’ll learn what it means when you see a mouse, whether mice can make you sick, why traps won’t do the job of keeping mice out of your home, and how to get rid of mice for good. We’ll give you a sneak peek on that last one: You get rid of mice by calling a professional Marlborough pest control company like Bug Bully Pest Control to do the job for you.
Does One Mouse Mean I Have An Infestation?
Unfortunately, one mouse probably does mean you have a mouse infestation in your home. A safe estimate is that for every mouse you see, there are about 12 more than you haven’t seen. To give you an idea of how fast an infestation can grow, a female house mouse can give birth to a litter of half a dozen babies every three weeks, and mice can breed from the time they’re about six weeks old.
To know how to get rid of mice, all you have to know is how to contact Bug Bully Pest Control, your choice for a safe, local, effective solution for all your home pest control needs.
Can Mice In My Home Really Make Me Sick?
Yes, mice in your home can really make you sick. In fact, they can make you very sick. Some of the diseases they carry include:
- Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
You don’t have to receive a bite from a mouse to get one of those diseases, either. Dried mouse droppings and urine can carry the bacteria, and when you breathe in that dust, you can become infected. You should also be especially careful when you’re cleaning up any droppings or urine you find. Wear disposable gloves and use paper towels with an antibacterial multi-purpose cleaner. After you throw away the paper towels and gloves, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.
The only surefire way to avoid getting sick from the mice in your home is effective rodent control from a trusted company like Bug Bully Pest Control.
Why Aren’t Traps Enough To Keep Mice Out Of My House?
When you see signs of mice in your house, you may think to yourself that you’ll just go get some mouse traps, and that’ll be the end of the problem. Unfortunately, that’s not the case at all.
First, mice are smarter than we tend to give them credit for. If they smell you on the trap, they’ll go out of their way to avoid it. If they smell dead mice on the trap, they’ll avoid it even more.
Second, you’re probably placing the traps the wrong way. For the traditional spring-loaded trap, you have to place it against a wall, but not along the wall. It needs to be sticking out from the wall, with the bait side closest to the wall. Mice prefer to keep one side of their body against the wall as they move around your home, so having the bait directly in their path is more likely to get results. (By the way, if you’re using traps, you should be using peanut butter as bait, not cheese. It’s sticky and takes a while to get off the trap.)
Third, not all the mice are going to come out and wander around. The majority of the mice are going to stay in the wall voids of your house – the spaces between the studs that hold your walls up. They don’t need to come out to eat because other mice carry food back to the nest. Your traps won’t do anything to catch the 12 mice you don’t see for every one you do.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice In My Home For Good?
If you need to know how to get rid of a mouse infestation, your best bet is to call a pest control expert. With more than 12 years of experience under its belt, Bug Bully Pest Control is your best bet to get rid of the mice in your home for good. Contact us today for your free estimate.