How Do You Build A Better Mousetrap?
Surely you've heard of or seen the game Mouse Trap. Perhaps you've even played it. It's a fun little game, and it certainly is amusing to watch once the trap has been built. But what can we learn from this game? One thing that seems obvious is that it is super easy to catch a mouse when it is made of plastic and stays where you put it. Real mice, however, are a little different.
Ineffective ways to clear your home of mice:
Real mice and real mouse traps are a little more challenging than the plastic-game kind. You see, in order for traps to be effective at all, you need to know how many to put down, where to put them, and what to bait them with. But even if you do everything right, you still will not know if all the mice are gone.
Here are some facts that will help you see the problem more clearly:
- For every mouse you actually see, there are approximately 15 to 20 others that you don't see hiding out in your wall voids or attic areas.
- A female mouse has the ability to reproduce every 21 days and can produce up to 50 offspring in one year. This can result in a major infestation if the problem isn't taken care of in a timely manner.
- Sometimes a trap will only startle a mouse. This only makes that particular mouse shy.
- A trap might only injure a mouse. If the injured mouse escapes and crawls back into the wall, it might die there. This will cause an awful smell that you can't get to, and it will attract insect pests.
Even if you manage to catch a lot of mice in traps, they will simply keep reproducing and coming in from the outside. You might also try using poisons. But again, this probably won't take care of your mouse problem completely.
Preventing a mouse infestation:
If you haven't seen any evidence of mice, such as droppings in the back of your drawers or chew holes in baseboards, there are a few things you can do to try to keep these little critters out.
- Inspect the outside of your home and seal all gaps and cracks using a caulking gun.
- Make sure all doors, door sweeps, windows, and screens are in good repair.
- Trim back trees and bushes from your home to eliminate bridges for mice to travel on.
- Look at all utility entry points and around pipes. Seal any gaps you find.
- Remove food and water sources inside and out.
- Keep all food stored in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
What if mice have already moved in?
If you know for sure you are dealing with mice, or you want to be certain that no mice can get into your home, it is time to contact the professionals. The technicians here at Schendel know how to monitor for mice, seal your home, and clean infected areas. Only a professional has the education and experience to take care of a mouse issue 100%. If want to know what a better mouse trap looks like, give us a call and find out.