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If you believe you may have mice in or around your Washington DC home, it is important to take action as soon as possible to prevent them from entering your home, causing damage, and potentially transmitting any diseases or viruses that they may be carrying. Read on to learn how to identify what type of rodent you may have and how to get rid of them,  clean up after them, and prevent them from coming back.

The Dangers Mice Bring To Homes In Washington DC

Imagine sitting in your kitchen when suddenly a pesky little mouse scurries across the room. It’s enough to make you want to jump out of your seat. However, the initial fear they provoke is really the least of your worries. 
 
When mice enter your home, you and your loved ones are put at risk. These unsanitary intruders cause widespread contamination and serious property damage that can be absolutely devastating for Washington DC homeowners. Consider the following dangers that come along with an infestation of mice:

  • Bringing other pests into your home.
  • Biting and transmitting diseases.
  • Chewing through and contaminating insulation.
  • Electrical damage leads to the risk of a house fire.
  • Exposure to rabies and other diseases.
  • Gnawing through electrical wiring.
  • Leaving trail droppings of excrement.
  • Rapid breeding and spreading of the infestation.
  • Scampering inside of wall voids.
  • Serious structural damage.
  • Weakened construction.
  • Widespread contamination.

Obviously, these negative consequences should be avoided at all costs. The best way to do that is to get serious about your mouse control needs. When it comes to controlling mouse populations around your home in Washington DC, it’s important to consider the rapid rate at which they reproduce. Mice mate and spread very quickly, and that heightens the potential danger you become exposed to. If you want to be proactive in your efforts to keep mice off your property, call Miche Pest Control today.

What Are Some Signs That I Have Mice?

Some tell-tale signs that you may have mice in or around your home include:

  • Hearing strange noises coming from the walls, especially at nighttime
  • Noticing small holes in walls and furniture
  • Noticing signs of chewing in clothing, drywall, furniture, or packages/containers of food
  • Noticing droppings that resemble grains of rice
  • Smelling foul, ammonia-like odors

How Mice Get Into DC Homes

Discovering mice in your home is a real nightmare, and it’s normal to wonder how they got there in the first place. Mice fit into discrete cracks and crevices throughout your home, gaining entry via a variety of access points. Here are some of the most common ways in which mice gain entry into our homes:

  • Accessing cracks and crevices in the walls and floorboards.
  • Emerging via water pipes, appearing through sinks, drains, and toilets.
  • Entering through spaces around vents and garage doors.
  • Getting into small openings around the foundation.
  • Gnawing through building materials to get inside the structure.
  • Sneaking into openings in and around the roof and chimney.
  • Squeezing into gaps around windows, and holes in window screens.

The best way to protect your home from mice is to get help from the experts. Miche Pest Control is your go-to source for quality mouse control and prevention solutions in DC, so reach out to us today to keep those mice away. We’ll schedule your initial inspection and service as soon as possible.

How Can I Tell If It's A Mouse?

Mice:

Physical Characteristics

  • Shorter, thin, hairy tails
  • Smaller bodies, usually 2-3.5 inches in length
  • Large ears and triangle-shaped snouts
  • Lighter white, brown, or gray coats

Other Characteristics and Behaviors:

  • Leave 40-100 smaller droppings per day
  • Most likely to chew through walls, ceilings, and attics to build their nest
  • May live up to 3 years inside a home
  • May produce up to 140 offspring in a year
  • Can enter your home through very small openings, as small as a quarter of an inch

There Are Mice In My Walls - How Do I Get Them Out?

Mice are drawn to homes for shelter, warmth, and food. Because of their small size, mice tend to find themselves inside hard-to-reach places, such as walls and crawl spaces.  If you’re hearing scratching and scurrying sounds coming from within your walls, it is possible that a mouse has found its way inside. 

Indoor Trapping

The most efficient way to draw mice out from inside of your walls is going to be by placing traps near any food sources or entry points to the wall. Traps should be placed along the bottom edges of any walls in question and close to any cracks, gaps, or holes that may be providing them with an entryway. If after a few days you still have not been successful in luring out the mice, try moving the traps around to other locations around the wall.

Call A Professional

Mice can be tricky to capture and can quickly multiply, especially if they’re already inside the walls of your home. The quickest and safest way to get them out is to call a professional exterminator. Using a combination of traps, bait stations, and entry point sealing, our highly-trained technicians at Miche Pest Control will do everything in their power to eradicate your mouse problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Real Solutions For Mice In Washington DC

As a Washington DC homeowner, you’re probably wondering what you can do the reduce your chances of experiencing mouse activity. There are a number of prevention methods, most of them involve eliminating attractants and conducive conditions.

Here are some trustworthy solutions for your mouse problems:

  • Apply weather stripping around the windows and basement foundation.
  • Clean up spills and crumbs promptly.
  • Eliminate clutter around the house and regularly tidy up.
  • Eliminate excess moisture around the home.
  • Install screens on all vents and chimney openings.
  • Keep a dry and well-ventilated basement, attics, and crawlspace.
  • Keep shrubbery well-trimmed and directed away from the structure.
  • Maintain a high level of sanitation.
  • Regularly dispose of garbage and keep it in sealed trash bins outside.
  • Repair leaky pipes and faulty drains and faucets.
  • Seal up cracks and crevices around the foundation exterior.
  • Store all food in airtight containers, including pet food and birdseed.
  • Take out the trash regularly and store it in metal, gnaw-proof containers.
  • Utilize caulk and steel wool to fill in any cracks near utilities and pipes.

Being preventative is a smart approach to mouse control, but the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid an infestation of mice is to call in a team of experienced pest experts. Reach out to us at Miche Pest Control today, and we’ll set up your initial inspection right away.

What Sanitation Steps Should I Take After Eliminating Rodents from my Home?

Because rodents are known carriers of illnesses and diseases that can be transmitted to humans, it is important to know how to safely clean your home following the removal of any rodents.

Clean up any Droppings

The first step to sanitizing your home after eradicating your rodent problem is to clean up any urine or droppings that may be present in your home. Before starting this process, make sure you are wearing gloves to prevent any chemicals or droppings from coming into contact with your skin. Once you have on gloves, mix a bleach solution that you will spray directly on any urine or droppings that you find. This solution should be 1 part bleach to about 10 parts water. Once sprayed, use a plastic bag to pick up the droppings and then throw away both the bag and your gloves.

Sanitize Surfaces 

Next, you should disinfect any areas that the rodents may have come into contact with to get rid of any bacteria or viruses that may be present. For this, you can use the same bleach solution that you’ve already mixed and spray it on any surfaces that the rodents may have encountered. For carpeted areas, a carpet steamer is going to be most effective. Anything that you are unable to clean should be thrown away and replaced, if possible, just in case any bacteria or viruses may be present.

How Do I Keep Mice From Returning?

Seal Entry Points

One way to ensure that mice do not re-renter your home is to seal up any potential entry points. This includes any cracks, gaps, or holes behind appliances, along the bottom edges of your walls, and along the exterior of your home. Mice are great at gnawing and chewing, so you’ll want to opt for wire mesh or stainless-steel fibers for sealing any entry points.

Place Bait Stations Around the Outside of Your Home

Bait stations, which contain a poison meant to kill rodents, can be placed around the exterior perimeter of your home to exterminate mice before they have the chance to make their way inside. Rodents can be expected to die within 1 to 2 weeks of consuming said bait. We use rodenticides that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use in and around homes, pet kennels, and other locations.

Keep Kitchen Areas Clear of Food & Crumbs

One of the best ways to prevent mice from getting established your home is by eliminating any food sources that may attract their attention. This means promptly cleaning up any spills and keeping your countertops and floors free from crumbs and food residue. If you have any pets, such as dogs or cats, be sure to keep their food sealed and stored somewhere off the floor if possible.

Eliminate Clutter

Mice are most attracted to and thrive in cluttered, messy areas, so you should keep as clean & tidy of a home as possible in order to reduce the chance of them nesting in your home. You can do this by not leaving food out overnight, keeping your garbage cans covered at all times, and keeping storage boxes and containers elevated off of the floor.

Tidy Up Your Yard

Mice love to build their nests in places where they can hide, such as in piles of wood, weeds, tall grass, or piles of leaves. You should make sure to regularly cut your lawn and remove any weeds from your yard or garden to prevent mice from making a home there. It is also best to avoid keeping piles of leaves in your yard and to avoid keeping piles of wood directly on the ground.

A Preventative Rodent Control Program

The quickest and most efficient way to remove mice from your yard, of course, is to call a professional pest control company. At Miche Pest Control, we recommend continuous bimonthly rodent control services even after mice have been eradicated from your home to ensure that they do not return. Continuous, preventative rodent control is going to be the best way to make sure that mice and rats do not make their way back to your yard or into your home.

Miche Pest Control offers customized, effective treatment plans in Washington DC that are specifically designed to target, remove, and prevent mice and rats from returning to your home. Give us a call today at (844) 211-7378 to schedule your initial rodent control service and get those mice and rats under control!

Washington DC

Washington DC, formally known as the District of Columbia, more commonly known as DC, is the official capital of the United States of America. It is located on east side of the Potomac River, bordering Maryland and Virginia. The United States Congress held its first session there in 1800. The city was named after George Washington,  a Founding Father and the first president of the United States. The federal district was named after Columbia, a female personification of our nation. As the seat of the US federal government and several international organizations, DC is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the US, with over 24 million visitors in 2019.

The District of Columbia is not a part of any U.S. state. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River near the country's Atlantic Coast. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the national capital. In 1801, the land, formerly part of Maryland and Virginia (at the time including the settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria), officially became recognized as the federal district. In 1846, Congress returned to Virginia the portion of Washington DC that had been originally ceded by Virginia, including the cities of Alexandria and Arlington; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the district.

DC is divided into quadrants (NW, NE, SE, and SW), centered on the United States Capitol (aka the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill), with 8 wards, 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and 127 named neighborhoods. It is the 20th-most populous city in the US. Commuters from the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia raise the city's daytime population to more than one million during the workweek. Washington DC's metropolitan area is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, and includes portions of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Nearby Cities:

Arlington VA (3 miles), Bethesda MD (6 miles), Hyattsville MD (6 miles), Silver Spring MD (6 miles), Alexandria VA (7 miles), Falls Church VA (7 miles), Springfield VA (11 miles), Rockville MD (14 miles), Bowie MD (15 miles), Fairfax VA (15 miles), Laurel MD (17 miles), Upper Marlboro MD (17 miles), Gaithersburg MD (19 miles), Herndon VA (19 miles), Woodbridge VA (21 miles), Columbia MD (23 miles), Ashburn VA (26 miles), Manassas VA (26 miles), Ellicott City MD (28 miles), Annapolis MD (30 miles), Leesburg VA (32 miles), Baltimore MD (35 miles), Frederick MD (40 miles), Fredericksburg VA (48 miles)

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