Keep Mice from Invading Your Florida Property
Perhaps you’ve seen the signs – gnawed wires, chewed openings on dry goods, droppings on surfaces , or maybe a blur of something small running across the floor. There may even be an unusual and musky smell. No one wants to admit that they may have a mouse problem, but the longer you ignore it, the worse a mouse infestation becomes. Once you see one sign of a mouse, you can be sure there are more hiding in your attic, walls, and underneath your floorboards.
Traps and repellents that you find in home improvement stores are only temporary solutions . A licensed pest control technician knows how to control mice and other rodents and prevent them from returning using exclusion methods.
The Florida Mouse
Mice common to the area are brown to gray in appearance, with long thin tails. As a full-grown adult, they weigh about ½ ounce. Below are some facts about mice that that can help you understand more about them:
- House mice breed rapidly, especially since they have access to food and the security of living indoors.
- It takes between 19 and 21 days for a pregnant female mouse to give birth to a litter of five or six mouse pups. It is possible to see as many as 12 baby mice in a litter.
- Mice can give birth between five and ten times per year. She can become pregnant again right after giving birth.
- Mice usually live for about a year. Imagine this cycle continuing until death.
- The typical female house mouse is sexually mature and ready to start producing pups of her own at six weeks old.
Where Mice Live and Breed
Since your home offers mice shelter and security from predators, they will happily stay and destroy your property, eat your food, and breed.
Mice build their nests within open spaces between the drywall and frame, cabinets, attics and lofts, and storage spaces with your residential or commercial property. The open spaces within your walls are the ideal location for mice to live while staying hidden. They can stay out of sight from you and avoid capture. They are most active at night and rarely leave their nests during the daylight hours.
There are also plenty of opportunities for mice to chew the wires and travel via pipes throughout your home. If you don’t see mice making their way from ground level to the attic, their pattering feet, the gnawed wires, paper, and plastic are a surefire sign of a mouse problem.
Contaminating Your Property
Although, television and media will tell you that they live solely on cheese, mice will eat just about anything.
Although they do not have vivacious appetites, they have the nasty habit of contaminating food. If a health inspector spies a mouse during their inspection of your food establishment, it could mean an automatic shutdown until they deem the issue cleared.
It’s not preferable to have them in your home, either. If a mouse eats through your dry goods, you’ll have to throw the contaminated food away. Save your money, time, and reputation, and take immediate action the moment you spy items ripped open with tiny teeth marks.
Get Rid of the Home Invaders
Your Hometown Pest Control technician will thoroughly inspect your property’s crevices, spaces within walls, and other hidden spaces to find where the mice live. We’ll seal possible access areas where they entered your property, set traps, exterminate them, and take measures to prevent them from coming back to your home or business.
Stop the Mouse Infestation Once and for All
Even the cleverest mouse cannot evade the professionals. A Hometown Pest Control expert can detect where mice live and hide. We are licensed and frequently trained to protect your home from rodents. Schedule your consultation at the first signs of a mouse infestation.