mice are tricky: be carefull!

Coldness settles outside and small rodents, attracted by the heat of your home, turn into unwanted roommates. After the scratches heard during the night and the droppings found on the floor, you have to get up to the idea: you are overwhelmed by mice.

“From October onwards, it’s the infiltration period,” and “They are going to put themselves in the attic”. As it is a nocturnal animal; at night, they explore and seek food sources. “If not controlled, this small invader can damage your home. The rodent has no choice, to teeth, to grind, especially the electric wires that become bare. The mouse destroys the mineral wool with its excrements and its urine. It creates isolation that will become inefficient … and it ends up feeling. The mice also transmit diseases, “there is always a risk of contamination,” says Jean-Philippe Morond.

The damage increases as the population multiply. A female mouse gives birth to a litter of about four to eight babies more than seven times a year. Each of its young will reach maturity in the next two months and will, in turn, be able to reproduce. “The risk is to have a resident population,” says Marco. “Babies who are born in houses have the smell of humans, they fearless,” says Sam.

To prevent them from turning into a real wound, you will have to eradicate the population. Opinions differ, however, on the way forward. At Mayo INC, traps are used to defeat the community. Jean Edouard suggests, before consulting an exterminator, to put “traps, with a bait, in the infested areas”. As a bait, the latter favors peanut butter or pea butter.

At ”Aboot Extermination”, a combination of attractants and repellents is recommended to attract mice out of the house, which will then be caulked to avoid a relapse. “With traps, only the weak elements of the colony are killed, the forts remain in the den. it does not solve the problem. You have to go with commercial products, says Olivier Giroud.

Certain signs leave no doubt. In order to be able to identify the seriousness of the situation, it is necessary to make a careful inspection in the house and also around:

Mouse droppings – Mouse droppings are the best evidence for mouse infestation. Mice make an average of 50 to 80 droppings per day. There are a lot of them everywhere because mice move constantly and feed in different places. The excrement is small (3 to 8 mm) and resembles large chocolate granules. To know if you are in the presence of an active infestation, check the brightness of the excrements and the hardness: if the droppings are bright and soft then the infestation is in progress. Another way of knowing if it is an active infestation is to rid the excrement and check the next day if there are new ones. If the feces are of different sizes it means that the mice are breeding. The excrement allows to define the passage, life and food places of the mice (along the walls, above the cabinets, behind the appliances.

Traces of teeth – After the excrements, eating damage is the most important sign to recognize an infestation of mice. The mice literally get everything under their toes. In fact, as a rodent, they must make sure to shorten their teeth constantly. The trace usually consists of two furrows parallel to 1 to 2 mm of distance. In a home, mice are more likely to attack furniture, baseboards and plastic, but also electrical cables, which damage electrical appliances and at worst can be the cause of a fire.
Scratching noises – Mice often start tracking just before sunrise or just after sunset. They are very curious animals, and as they do not have a very good view, they are dependent on their sense of smell, touch and hearing. The sounds you can hear over your head morning and evening, are therefore small mice looking for food. Mice are also good climbers. They pass without any problem from one floor to another via the hollow walls. It is for this reason that scratching sounds are heard in the walls and the attic.

Mouse Nest – Mice live in groups, you will rarely find them alone. As they climb easily and they need only a tiny gap to get in somewhere, they can nest everywhere. Their preference goes to a quiet place sheltered from the light with a food source nearby (attics, hollow walls …). But also spaces behind the fridges, kitchen cabinets and ovens are potential places to host a family of mice. Mice do not need water as such: the water in the food is enough for them to survive. If they are in the presence of a source of water they drink 3ml per day. The brown rat, on the other hand, builds his nest always next to a source of water. Mice use everything they find to build their nests: branches, cardboard, paper or insulation material. They use their own hair to make it a cozy nest. Mice have ranges of 4 to 8 mice and give birth 6 to 10 times a year. Under favorable conditions, over a year of time, 2000 mice can be born.
Trace Fat – In a house the mouse footprint often the same route. During his walk, the mouse rubs his coat against the wall or the ground. In this way he ends up depositing traces of fat from their coat and dirt on the walls and floors. In the case of a serious infestation, a heap of fat, dust and mouse urine can form.

Footprints – The presence of mice is often betrayed by the footprints of their paws visible on dusty soils of granaries and cellars. Traces in the dust do not give any indication whether it is a current infestation or not. To do this, clean the surface and sprinkle with flour or talcum powder. The next day, in case of new traces you have proof that the mice are in the house.

Characteristic odor – Mice have a strong, unpleasant smell that is most noticeable in enclosed spaces such as closets or closed attics. This odor comes from the urine of mice. The mice are oriented by this odor and also delimit their territory. Each family of mice has its characteristic odor and are thus recognized among themselves. When the smell is really preponderant you are in the presence of a large infestation.
Dead and living mice – An irrefutable proof, in addition to the excrement of mice, is to be face to face with a mouse in the