Mickey Mouse is lucky. He’s one of the only mice the world truly loves. In reality, although some people make them their pets, mice can be quite harmful to you and your family.
With winter settling in and the frost building up on our windows, these little rodents feel the urgent need to take refuge in your home so they can spend the cold season in a cozy area.
Faced with this reality, how do you manage a mouse intrusion in your home? Let’s have a look.
Are mouse infestations really harmful?
The word “infestation” is frightening on its own. When you add the word “mouse” to it, you get a nasty combination that can threaten the health of the people in your home. Rodents, such as mice and rats, are the main source of hantavirus transmission. Without going into too much detail, hantavirus, which is found in rodent saliva, urine and droppings, is a type of virus that attacks the lungs and causes haemorrhagic fever that can lead to death. In short, nothing very desirable.
How to detect a mouse intrusion in your home
It is rather easy to find out when you have a problem with a mouse infestation. The most striking signs are scratching noises in the walls, the presence of urine and feces and chewed or gnawed objects.
What can you do?
If you want to thwart the onslaught of a mouse infestation in your home, you can always use a professional exterminator. An exterminator will quickly defeat the rodent invasion. But if you want to try your luck on your own, use spring or electronic traps. An effective strategy is to place 1 trap per meter along the wall or between 5 and 10 traps per visible mouse hole.
Place them perpendicular to the wall and use appetizing bait such as peanut butter, raisins or bacon fat mixed with oatmeal.
Move the traps around if you find that the bait doesn’t disappear quickly enough and re-set them 2 to 3 weeks after the last catch to trap rodents that have reached maturity.
Prevention is always better
Of course, the best way to get rid of a rodent infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Mice are small and stealthy. They can easily enter through an access point as small as a 10-cent coin. Install metal weather stripping under doors and seal house windows to keep them away. Inspect all cracks in the foundation and seal them, while also making sure to fill the holes around pipes with steel wool before caulking them. Also pay special attention to your dryer vent and air conditioning inlet. If you identify a hole, seal it immediately.
Overcome a mouse intrusion in your home
If only all mice were like Mickey Mouse and all rats like Ratatouille, we wouldn’t need to get rid of them. We would even welcome them with open arms. But since the reality is quite the opposite, follow these few tips to avoid mouse intrusions into your home as the cold weather approaches.