How does Braman control mice?
Mice are able to live their entire lives within a very small area when the essential conditions for survival are present. The 3 essentials are food, water and protected harborage. The mouse can often derive his moisture requirements directly from food sources so when there is adequate food and safe shelter there is no need to search or disperse elsewhere.
The key to successful mice control is to make certain that enough controls are used and placed within the area of their habitat. Mice are curious creatures and Braman will use that natural curiosity to our advantage in the deployment of traps. Braman uses a variety of traps — snap traps, multiple catch traps and glue traps. In fact, multiple catch traps are frequently called curiosity traps. In commercial settings trapping is an absolute necessity, but in residential settings many homeowners opt for using baits and tracking powders because required follow-up visits to check and reset traps add appreciably to the cost of service.
Braman will also utilize tracking powders, which are placed in inaccessible areas where only the mice travel. When mice walk through the tracking powder and then groom themselves, they ingest the active ingredient, which is combined in low levels with a talc powder base.
There are a number of rodenticide baits available for mice control. Baits are made by combining highly palatable food grade grains and oils with rodenticide. The mouse eats the bait (often times a single feeding is all that is necessary) and perishes. It is important that baits are placed in tamper-resistant containers and in hard to reach places for the protection of children and pets. In addition, many baits contain a strong bittering agent to render them unpalatable to humans and pets, but not mice.
Because mice can enter through a space about the size of a dime, exclusionary techniques as part of a Braman mice control program are also employed to help prevent future problems. If you think you have an infestation of mice, contact Braman immediately.
The mouse most commonly encountered indoors in New England is the house mouse. House mice are nocturnal, omnivorous and very curious little rodents, weighing only about an ounce and ranging from 2-3 ½ inches long. Their small size lets them get inside your home through holes or gaps smaller than a dime.
Mice are nocturnal by nature, making daytime sightings rare, except in cases of heavy infestation, which can happen fairly quickly because sexual maturity occurs at 2 months of age, the average litter has 8 pups and there can be 10 litters in a year.
Mice and other rodents are especially prevalent during the cooler months, when they seek shelter indoors. Due to the health and property risks associated with these pests, eliminating them is of key importance.
What are some signs of mice?
- Mouse droppings
- Evidence of gnawing such as the corner of food packaging
- Rub marks along baseboards
- Noise coming from ceilings and walls
How are they harmful?
Mice control is critical. Mice carry bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies; the common white-footed deer mouse is a primary carrier of the deer tick, which transmits Lyme disease and is also linked to potentially fatal Hantavirus. Once inside your home, mice get into stored food products where their urine, fecal droppings and hairs quickly contaminate your cabinets, counter tops and cooking surfaces. Mice contaminate 10 times more food than they eat! They can also cause real damage to your home with their gnawing, even causing fires by gnawing on wire insulation. Repairs of mouse damage can be expensive.