A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Rid of Mice

Many feel tempted to delay taking action to eliminate a rodent problem, not realizing that “time is not on your side.” Mice populations can soar within only a few weeks and then they can do extensive damage.

Therefore, it is critical to contact a local pest control company with rodent control services as soon as possible after a mouse sighting.

If you wish to tackle them on your own, Here are five steps to ridding your home/business of mice:

1. Spotting/Detecting the Mice

Anywhere there is a source of food and a warm, sheltered nesting location, mice are liable to make themselves at home. Mice are quick, elusive nocturnal foragers, however, so you may not even spot one for some time. If you do, it will likely be at night.

Signs that mice (or rats) are living in your home, short of seeing one, include: squeaking, scratching noises, an unpleasant odor caused by mouse defecation, droppings and urine pillars, mouse tracks, damaged food products, and anxious pet behavior.

2. Contacting a Pest Control Company

Once you suspect a mouse is present on your property, waste no time in contacting a local pest control company that can render your building mouse-free within a matter of days.

You should be able to get a free estimate, a reasonable rate, and fast, effective service, so do some comparison shopping. Make sure the company has extensive training/experience in eradicating rodents, good references from past clients, and uses only safe, legal methods.

3. The Initial Inspection

The inspection will cover all rooms of the house where mice may routinely forage or where they may be entering the building. Once entry points, nesting sites, and “mouse paths” have been located, an effective strategy can be formed.

Mice can squeeze in through small cracks/holes as small as a quarter-inch wide, so all potential routes into the building must be sealed off. Inspectors will also look for grease marks where mouse hair rubbed against walls, fresh tracks, and for mouse nests, often hidden in wall cavities.

4. Treatment Methods

Various techniques will be used by your pest control company, including poisoned baits, snap traps, glue traps, live traps, physical repellents, and electronic repellents.

Traps should be set along mouse paths, but also in hidden/hard-to-reach areas since traps out in the open will catch fewer mice and be a danger to children/pets.

Captured/killed mice must be disposed of quickly to prevent decomposition and the spread of bacteria. All traps should be checked at least twice a day.

5. Results and Future Prevention

Your pest control company should do a follow-up inspection, but if there are no new droppings, tracks, scratching sounds, or sightings within a few days, all mice are likely eliminated.

To keep it that way, keep up high sanitation, seal foods in tight-lidded containers, and seal trash cans as well. With entry points blocked and no food readily available, mice are not likely to get in.

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30 Responses to “A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Rid of Mice”

  1. Dawn Beauregard

    Aug 12. 2016

    Huh.. Get a cat…

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  2. Greg Flater

    Aug 12. 2016

    Or get a snake. Lol

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  3. Shawn Pankratz

    Aug 12. 2016

    Have both of them. Plus I raise them to feed my snakes….lol

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  4. Choua Yang

    Aug 13. 2016

    Karen Yaj

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  5. Kim Riggs Henson

    Aug 13. 2016

    I have an exterminator!!

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  6. Irene Snyder

    Aug 13. 2016

    Tiffani Snyder

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  7. Deena McCutchen Fischer

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  8. Kathy Thackston

    Aug 14. 2016

    Teresa Baker

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  9. Casey Duhwayne

    Aug 14. 2016

    Melissa Philpott, share this with your friend! They were having a rodent issue weren’t they?!

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  10. Natalie Shanks

    Aug 14. 2016

    Get chickens.. The mice never make it to your House

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  11. Jessica Phelps

    Aug 15. 2016

    Carol Musselman Watson

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  12. Maureen Wittling

    Aug 15. 2016

    Ashley Schneeberger-Budreau for Stuart and his family. Lol

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  13. Nice!!

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  14. Wayne Stevenson

    Oct 05. 2016

    Her mousiest mouse!!!!

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  15. Cathy Mitchell

    Oct 06. 2016

    Tanisha Lynn Troutt

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  16. Nicole Vaglienti

    Oct 06. 2016

    One step, get a cat

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  17. Michael Janssen

    Oct 07. 2016

    So your home diy first step is to call pest control?

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  18. Heather Frazier

    Oct 07. 2016

    Karen Barnes…diy tips.

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  19. Deena McCutchen Fischer, just in case….

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  20. Patricia Schurman

    Oct 08. 2016

    Mickey!

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  21. Tristan Nolan

    Oct 08. 2016

    First thing get rid of their food source. Next set traps. There’s usually 6-12 in a family of mice. Cut off their entry and check the traps daily lol

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  22. Vicki Hill

    Oct 09. 2016

    Jaycee Hill Herzberg

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  23. Diana Heston Vise

    Oct 10. 2016

    Mice hate peppermint oil. Put it on a cotton ball where ever you see signs. .. under kitchen cabinets exc. Be careful it can be a strong oil. Available at Walmart Target and many health food /vitamin shops.

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  24. Vickie Lea Everett

    Oct 10. 2016

    Bring it! Chester-3, mice-0, this is just since the flood!

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  25. Julie 'Aubry' LaPrise

    Oct 12. 2016

    Right? I’m looking for DIY advice here.

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  26. Julie Arnold

    Oct 12. 2016

    Get a cat!! Mices gone! Plus u get a cool pet!

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  27. Julie Arnold

    Oct 13. 2016

    Love u too!

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  28. Lora Howser- Atwell

    Nov 15. 2016

    Michelle Harmon Green

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  29. Ryan Licsauer

    Dec 19. 2016

    Bill Castles Shannon Netterville

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  30. Paul Gerhart Sr.

    Feb 18. 2017

    Eric Bell

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