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.
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 Can I Tell If It's A Mouse?
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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