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Mouse Control 101: A Helpful Guide For Homeowners

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The old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover," certainly applies to mice. If you were to spot one of these small rodents in your home, you likely would never guess how hazardous they can be. But mice endanger your family's health and the structure of your home and can be very challenging to get rid of.

Welcome to Mouse Control 101, where we will explain how to determine if mice are the rodents in your house. We'll also explore why ignoring a mouse invasion is risky and can lead to costly damage. Learn more about mouse control, including tips on how to prevent them from getting inside, with the pros from Orange Mouse.

Identifying The Common Mouse: Differentiating Mice From Other Rodents

House mice have round, dusty gray bodies with cream-colored undersides, large ears, and a pointed muzzle. But these nocturnal pests tend to avoid people, and the signs they leave around your house can easily be mistaken for other rodents. Here are some tips to help you confirm you have a mouse infestation:

  • If you see an actual rodent, mice are under 4 inches long, compared to rats, which can be up to 9 inches long.

  • Mouse droppings are less than 1/4 inch long, rod-shaped, and pointed on the ends, while rats have larger, capsule-shaped droppings.

  • Gnaw marks from mice look like scratches, but rats create more prominent teeth marks around 1/8 of an inch long.

  • Sounds from mice in the walls are high-pitched squeaks, while rats have a lower pitch and make chattering and hissing sounds.

  • Mice footprints are less than 1/2 an inch long, and rat footprints are closer to 1 inch long.

If you struggle to identify the type of rodent in your home or need assistance removing them, the pros at Orange Mouse are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our mouse control services or to request a service.

The Cost Of Delayed Mouse Removal: Health Risks and Property Damage

We understand the temptation to wait and see if mice will leave without intervention, but this rarely happens. The longer they are inside, the more damage they can do, including gnawing on wires in the walls, creating a fire hazard, destroying insulation, and damaging your belongings with their constant gnawing.

Additionally, mouse droppings in the kitchen contaminate your food and surfaces, and mice carry several diseases that can make your family very sick. Contact us today at Orange Mouse to learn how our services can help eradicate these pests from your home and protect your family from their risks.

The Importance Of Prompt Mouse Removal: Call Us Right Away!

Mice breed rapidly, and infestations can quickly become severe. The pros at Orange Mouse are here to help you get rid of mice and keep your family safe. Our experts also specialize in exclusion methods to ensure they won't become a problem again.

Preventative Measures For Mice: Keep Them Out Before They Get In

After we eliminate the mice from your house, it is time to ensure they won't be able to get inside again. Here are some of our best mouse prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks and gaps on the exterior of your home.

  • Check that weatherstripping around windows and doors is intact.

  • Replace loose mortar in the foundation.

  • Keep shrubs and branches cut back from the house.

The pros at Orange Mouse are here to help with mouse removal and prevention. Call now to request a service or to learn more about our exclusion techniques.