Bergen County Mouse Control
More than just gnawing through your food and property, mice can pose serious health risks, contaminating up to 10 times as much food as they eat. A mouse can enter your home through an opening as small as a dime, and once they’re inside, getting them out can be difficult without professional help.
Here’s what homeowners should know about Bergen County mouse control and where to turn for help.
The Problem with Mice
Mice have been pests for millions of years… and throughout all of those years, billions of dollars per year have been lost due to contamination of food by rodent droppings, urine and hair. Household mice are a major pest problem for many homes in New Jersey because mice can have between thirty to eighty offspring every year.
The reason that these household mice has been surviving all these centuries is that they are extremely versatile. Household mice can survive on foods inedible to us, they can fall 20 floors with no injury, tread water for 3 days, and even survive an atomic bomb test.
How to Know If You Have Mice
There are a few telltale signs that should alert homeowners to a mice infestation in the home. A mouse can enter even the tiniest opening in your house that leads to the outdoors. Mice commonly come inside to homes to seek shelter when the weather starts to turn cold.
Mice nests are typically made of household scraps and fibrous material that rodents find on your property. This can include food wrappers, pieces of string, scraps of cloth, shredded paper, and stuffing from pillows. Mice compile these items into small balls and live inside them for warmth and protection. You’ll know that a ball of trash is a mouse nest if you find mouse droppings around it.
Mice nests are most commonly found in warm places like behind the refrigerator, behind the stove, and inside kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are particularly attractive for mice because of the food inside. You may hear squeaking or gnawing sounds if you have house mice in your home.
Different Types of Mice
Deer mice, field mice, and harvest mice are all common types of mice, but the most common type that’s found in the home is simply called the house mouse. This type of mouse is typically brown or gray with a long thin tail, large ears, a pointed nose, and small eyes.
They will eat anything found in the home, especially food items left unsecured in your pantry. House mice are usually about one or two inches long excluding the tail and weigh about a half ounce to one ounce. Their droppings are rod-shaped and about 1/8 to 1/4-inch long.
Diseases Carried by Mice
One of the most concerning aspects of a mice infestation is the spread of disease. Mice are known to carry diseases, which they can spread to people and pets inside of your home.
According to the CDC, mice and rats cause over 35 diseases, which can be spread directly through handling of rodents, their feces/urine/saliva, or by being bit by mice. Some of these diseases include salmonella, hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. Mice can also transmit disease indirectly through mosquitos, fleas, mites, and other parasites that have fed on mice that are infected.
Damage Caused by Mice
Mice pose serious risks to the structure of a home and to human health, which is why it’s so important to take control of a mice situation as quickly as possible to minimize the harm done. The first signs of physical damage are often from mice gnawing and chewing on the corners of objects in the home in order to create new passageways. Homeowners often find mice damage in their walls, floors, and furniture.
It’s also common to find holes in the walls in the back of closets or through the bottom of dressers. But one of the biggest risks that mice cause is damage to a home’s electrical wiring, which is a major fire hazard.
Repairs Needed for Mice Damage
When mice take over a home, costly and time-consuming repairs often result. These repairs include fixing electrical wiring, holes in roofing and walls, external siding, foundation vents, and exhaust ductwork.
These repairs can be very costly and may have been preventable if the mouse problem was handled in a timely manner. The cost of mice damage home repairs can range anywhere in the thousands of dollars, which is far more than the cost of professional extermination services to address the infestation before it gets out of hand.
Preventing Mice Infestations
Of course, the best way to prevent the spread of disease and costly home repairs is to prevent mice from entering your home in the first place. The best preventative measure to keep mice away is to keep your home neat and clean. A cluttered home with food crumbs is an open invitation for mice, so pick up trash, use sealed containers for food, and vacuum carpet regularly.
It’s also a smart idea to check the outside of your home for holes or cracks that mice may be able to squeeze through. Other areas to look at include spaces around windows and doors, vents, and gaps around pipes. Caulk, concrete, and metal can be used to seal up these spaces.
However, prevention strategies like these are not effective if a home is already infested with mice. In this circumstance, it is necessary to pursue extermination methods with the help of a trained professional.
DIY Trapping Strategies
Many homeowners attempt to trap mice and rid their houses of them on their own first, and there are a few different strategies for giving this a try. Snap traps and glue boards can be purchased at hardware and home goods stores.
Bait can also be placed close to the area of suspected mouse activity to lure mice into a bait station. Poison baits called rodenticides can also be used. But these often only cause mice to die after a few days of feeding and are less effective if alternative sources of food are available to mice.
Professional Mice Control
If DIY trapping strategies don’t solve your mice problem, it is time to call the professionals. Professional exterminators are specially trained to handle mice infestations safely, quickly, humanely, and effectively. Depending on the rodent situation you are dealing with, we may use a combination of lethal and non-lethal techniques, such as trapping, poison, exclusion, and habitat modification.
Extermination techniques can be dangerous to people and pets if they are not executed properly, which is why it is advisable to leave mouse extermination to a trained pest control professional. Not only does calling an exterminator reduce your risk of contracting disease from a mouse and avoiding potential bites, but it solves the mouse problem much quicker and more effectively.
Professional exterminators are also properly trained in the disposal of dead mice. It’s important to always wear rubber or plastic gloves when removing rodents and cleaning items that they contaminated. Dead rodents are typically placed in tightly sealed plastic bags and disposed of in trash containers with tightly fitting lids. All traps and surfaces that mice have come in contact with must be thoroughly and immediately washed and disinfected.
New Jersey Mice Exterminator
At Precise Termite and Pest Control, we are a full-service exterminator specializing in rodent and mouse control, and we are committed to providing best-in-class service and results. With an arsenal of state-of-the-art equipment and an expert team dedicated to your peace of mind, we have the tools to tackle any pest problem, big or small.
We provide same-day mice removal services and will respond fast to all mouse removal calls we receive because mice are very violent when protecting their young or feel endangered. When encountering a mouse trapped in your house, please call us immediately for your safety. The first thing we’ll do is identify the type of mouse you’re dealing with and devise an effective treatment plan for your specific situation.
Contact Precise Pest Control for mouse removal services
With over 25 years of experience in the New Jersey mouse control industry, we are dependable, professional, and qualified when it comes to mouse removal. Our licensed technicians understand the costly repercussions should our services not be performed to your satisfaction. That is why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
We can come to your home or business and perform a free, complete evaluation of all your access points. We will rid you of all mice, and then we can work with you to prevent future invasion with the installation of animal control devices, traps, and seals. We specialize in mouse control services for New Jersey and know how important it is to take care of pest problems quickly, so we pride ourselves on our fast response time! For emergency treatments and simple call-backs alike, we’ll be in touch soon!
If you are having issues regarding mice, don’t hesitate to call us at 866-971-2847 anytime you need mouse removal in Bergen County and other parts of New Jersey.