Having a mouse in your house might sound like the beginning of a nice children’s book, but in reality, it can be a less than ideal situation. Mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These illnesses can be spread to humans by coming into contact with mice feces, urine or saliva. Mice can also cause structural damage to buildings and furniture. When you first see a mouse or evidence of a rodent in your home, you might be horrified and immediately start looking for solutions to this problem. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide of what to do if a mouse finds its way into your house.
1. Confirm That You Are Dealing With A Mouse
Upon finding droppings in their home, many people assume they are dealing with a mouse, but this isn’t always the case. While mice are the most common, other critters can find their way into your home. It’s important to make sure you know what kind of rodent has moved in so can you decide how to proceed. There are common signs to help you discover if you’re dealing with a mouse or not, including droppings that look like chocolate sprinkles and chewed up food packages in your cupboard.
Once you confirm there are mice in your home, start making your house mouse proof. First, inspect the outside of your house for any possible places of entry. Check stairs, the foundation, corners and any place that might have a small hole that a mouse could potentially crawl through. If you find holes, close them up with wire mesh. If you have an entry point in your home, you can use steel wool and caulk to plug up the hole.
3. Set Some Traps
The next step is setting up traps. These can be found at many hardware stores or even on Amazon. Once you have the traps, decide what to use as mouse bait and where to put them. Many people have success with:
– slices of hot dogs
– maple syrup
– bacon bits
– peanut butter
– soft cheese
– pet food
Once you have the bait, lay the traps where you think there’s a lot of mouse activity, such as behind large furniture or in dark places.
4. Call a Professional
If you aren’t having much luck capturing these small critters or if you’ve realized you have an infestation, it’s time to call a professional. Contact us at K & C Pest Control by calling (920) 582-9000 to schedule an appointment and put your pest problem in the past!