Mice are able to enter homes and buildings and they will do some damage. If mice are in your homes, it is really a headache. Before choosing some methods to get rid of them, you need to know their characteristics and habits. The following Mice FAQ can help you know quickly about them.
1.How to Know if I have mice?
Actually, there are many signs that can tell you that you have mice in your home. These signs include:
- Active mice or dead mice are found.
- Mice nests are discovered, so are the nesting materials.
- Gnawed holes in piled papers, stored foods, insulation, electric wires, fruits, etc.
- Food wrappings or scraps are found and left.
- Droppings are found. Mice droppings are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long and 2 ends are pointed.
- Mice hairs are found.
- Runways are found, including grease marks, urine trails, narrow pathways where dirt and dust has been swept clean, etc.
- You may smell bad odor of a large infestation and you may hear a mouse skittering on laminated floors or hard wood floors.
2. How to distinguish between a mouse and a rat?
A. This is very important. If you don’t know whether the rodents are rats or mice, you cannot choose the right tools to get rid of them. Generally, mice are smaller than rats. Mice are 2 to 3.5 inches long and the length of their droppings is 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. The 2 ends are pointed.
3. What do mice prefer to eat?
A. Mice are not picky and they can eat anything that is eatable. Mice especially prefer plants and cereal grains.
4. How long is the life of a mouse?
A. Generally, the average lifespan is about 9 months to 1 year. If the condition is good, they can live longer..
5. Black rice-like things and shredded paper are found in the basement. Does this mean I have mice in my basement?
A. Yes, it is probable that you have mice in the basement and a mouse nest has been found. Generally, A mouse can use shredded paper and soft materials to build a nest. And the black rice is probably their droppings.
6. Where is the best place to put mouse traps?
A. First, you need to know where is the most active area for mice and mouse traps should be placed in these activity areas. If any sign of mice is found, traps can be placed in those areas.
7. The rodents in my home are mice, but my trap never catches a mouse. Why?
A. Mice tend to be clever and cautious. If a new trap is placed, they will fee l curious and investigate it. If you trap has been placed for several days and never capture a mouse, this means your traps were placed in the wrong areas and you’d better move them.
8. What is the best bait, cheese or other foods?
A. Well, rats love eating cheese but it is not the best bait which is placed on mouse traps. Actually, you can use peanut butter as bait. However, if it becomes dry or hard, you’d better replace a new one. You also can try other foods, like nuts, bacon, sticky candies and dried foods.
9. I have mice in my home. However, I never find one. Why?
A. During the day, mice are sleeping and they are active at night. Therefore, it is hard to find one during the day. If you see a mouse during the day, this maybe means a large mouse infestation.
10. I have 1 or 2 mice in my home. Does it matter?
A. Of course, it really matters. A female mouse produces about 5 young every litter and it can have up to 10 litters per year. What’s worse, its offspring become sex mature after 6 weeks and also begin to produce their offspring. If you don’t get rid of, several months later, you can have more and more mice in your home.
11. How do mice enter my house?
A. There may be many gaps and holes through our walls and a mouse can pass through gaps and holes which are 1/4 or more inch wide. And they are also good jumpers. They can easily jump 13″ high. They are also good at balancing. They are capable of running along ropes, wires and cables. As good climbers, jumpers, and swimmers, mice can easily enter our house. They are hard to prevent.
12. How to get rid of mice in my home?
A. There are several ways to get rid of mice, including rodenticides (mouse poison), baits, traps, as well as professional control.