Why Do Mice Keep Returning After the Exterminator Visited?
You keep a clean home, so why do you have a recurring mouse problem? You may have relocated a trapped mouse humanely to a barn or detached garage, or perhaps to a nearby field. It, or its twin, came back, and now you want to know how to get rid of it forever. Here’s how to help the exterminators rid your home of mice.
Seeing One Mouse Means Many Live Nearby
First, know that instead of a mouse, your home probably hosts a family of mice. When a female mouse lives indoors, she breeds year-round, giving birth to about 180 pups (baby mice). That explains one reason why you keep seeing “that” mouse even though you trapped it.
Mice Return to Ideal Living Conditions
Even if you exterminate every mouse currently residing in your house, by using professional pest control in Las Vegas, another family of them will move in to replace them unless you change what attracts the mice to your home. It’s not your taste in cheese, although leaving Gouda or cheddar sitting on the counter won’t do you any good.
When you mouse-proof your home, then exterminate the rodents, your work will result in a mice-free home. So, what do mice like? Similar to humans, they look for food and shelter.
You Inadvertently Offer Mice Easy Food Access
That bread bin with a bag of bagels in it looks tasty to mice, too. They eat almost anything, from cat and dog food to raisin bagels. It’s not just the gouda they want.
Mice need to dine 12 times per day, so they stay hungry. Always on the hunt for a snack, they look for the following items:
- Food left on the countertop for more than a few minutes,
- Cereals and other food in cardboard containers, on the counter on in the pantry,
- Dry food kept in plastic bags or textile bags on the counter or in the pantry,
- Open-topped trash bins.
Solution: Keep all items you must store in the pantry in rodent-proof containers made of glass, metal, or thick plastic that feature airtight lids. Only use trash cans made of hearty plastic or metal with tight lids. Clean the counters and wipe them clean of crumbs.
Areas of Your House Offer Ideal Nest Locations
Examine your home’s basement, attic, mudroom, garage, and crawl space for potential nesting areas and food sources for mice. Also, check wall voids and the home’s false ceiling. Mice will eat cardboard, which contains tons of cellulose, so while you think your attic might offer no potential homes, it even offers yummy food.
The typical mouse loves any dark and cluttered space. This type of environment lets them hide and thrive. A local Las Vegas exterminating company can help you determine the nest areas.
Solution: Add natural light to the attic with dormer windows and skylights. Add natural light to the basement with crawlspace windows. Declutter all areas of your home and clean it thoroughly. Purchase lidded plastic bins, such as those made by Sterilite. Re-pack the items you have in cardboard boxes into these plastic bins and seal the lids tightly. Avoid piling clothes outside the closet or laundry hamper.
You Don’t Know Where They Nest
You saw a mouse dart through a room, but did not see where it came from or where it went. Confounded, you don’t know where to plant traps. They don’t like bright areas or open areas, so your traps will go in the darkest areas of your home. You can find where they nest by looking for the signs of mice in your residence.
Solution: Clean your home from top to bottom, looking for signs of mice in your residence. As you sweep and dust, look for mice droppings. Their tiny poop looks a bit like chocolate sprinkles, as gross as that may seem. Note anywhere you notice a urine smell or gnaw or claw marks. Move furniture, freestanding cabinets, the refrigerator and the stove to check behind them and under them for signs of mice. Plant traps wherever you spot signs of mice.
Your Yard Offers the Perfect Nest Building Attractions
Without realizing it, you may offer the mice population of your town the ideal environment for living. Mice like many of the same things that birds do, so if you ever find yourself looking for “pigeon removal near me,” know that cleaning up your yard to not attract pigeons also helps clean up what attracts mice. Here’s what a female mouse looks for when home shopping:
- Hiding spots in the yard, especially those that would help mice stay warm
- A ready food source like open-top trash cans
- Nesting material, such as leaves or a wood pile.
That pile of boards you keep or a cord of firewood kept adjacent to the home, attracts mice.
Solution: Keep as little material as possible outdoors. Relocate your woodpile to the furthest area from your home. Keep your storage shed clean and well-organized.
Contact a Professional Exterminator
Contact Buddies Exterminating for help with your mice infestation, pigeon removal, or when you need a bee exterminator. Consulting with a professional exterminator helps you identify the mice’s entry points, along with setting baited traps to get rid of the current infestation. To solve the problem, you must reorganize your home and repair any entry points, such as missing siding, foundation cracks, plumbing openings, etc. Let Buddies help.