You may think the hot summer season is the only time pest control is necessary - but not all pests become inactive during the cold months. In fact, you may be more likely to have a mouse infestation when it’s cold, rather than hot. The house mouse is the most common home-invading pest in Washington and can cause considerable damage. Some people think these critters are cute, but you wouldn’t want to cuddle up to one.
History of Mouse Control
House Mice are originally native to Asia, northern India, and spread through Europe by 1000 BC. Mice can thrive anywhere there is human activity - they are smart enough to leave when a habitat becomes unsuitable. From 1838 to 1996 more than 4,400 mouse-trap patents have been awarded - which is more than any other patented device according to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
These little devils can chew through wire, metal, sheetrock, steel wool, wood, and will also infest your food pantries, freezer, fridges, and many other places. Not only are mice annoying, they also pose a huge health risk. Mice communicate through their urine and feces… (not the most appetizing thought). It is estimated that a mouse can leave up to 50-75 droppings a day and are constantly urinating to communicate. There are many infections and diseases transferred directly from mice to humans. Also, mites and other unwanted insects live on mice, which can be hazardous to people. Diseases directly transmitted from mice include leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, ray fungus, ringworm, tapeworms, salmonella, meningitis, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. If you think a few mice in your house are not a big deal, think again! A mouse has a gestation period of only three weeks - meaning they can have babies every three weeks. Each litter can have 3 -14 young and this can happen up to ten times a year. A single mouse can produce a 140 member family in one year. A newly born mouse will be mature enough to mate at 4 weeks. You can see how a small rodent problem can exponentially grow into something unmanageable in a short period of time. For those with pets and children - keeping a mouse free home should be even more important.
Benefits of Mice
Outdoor: Mice provide food to owls, hawks, and other predatory birds and animals.
Indoor: Provide NO benefit.
There are multiple ways to control a mouse infestation and usually a combination of techniques is the best approach.
Removal of food, water, and hiding sites
Having a cat or dog
Spearmint oil/Cedar oil
Here at Affordable Pest and Weed Control, we guarantee all our mouse control services. We use an advanced Integrated Pest Management system to provide the best mouse control service in Spokane and surrounding areas. Our goal is to eliminate any mice already inside your residence and provide a barrier around it for potential mouse re-entry. We suggest using our pet and children friendly traps to control any mice that have infiltrated your house. We then place devices on the outside which provide a force field for your residence. We use the phrase “force field” because we surround your home with protective boxes that provide a long lasting rodent barrier around the house. We use completely tamper proof products that are safe for use around pets and people.
If you, a friend, or family member believe you may have an infestation - do not ignore the problem. Call us for a free inspection and estimate!
Fun fact: A family of mice is also known as a “mischief”