Mice can be very problematic when they invade a home. Not only do they chew and damage wood, plastic and other surfaces, they often contaminate food items and spread disease. If you see any evidence of mice, such as droppings, urine or the mice themselves, you need to act quickly to prevent an infestation.
Mice are small, weighing about an ounce. Adults way an ounce if we are discussing house mice They are light-brown to grey in color and are about 5 to 7 inches long, including their tail. They are fast and agile, capable of climbing vertical surfaces and jumping straight into the air. Needless to say, this makes them difficult to catch. In addition, they breed rapidly and produce large numbers of off spring, so one or two mice can become many quickly.
Preventing mice from entering your home is the most efficient means for avoiding and invasion. Sealing up cracks and holes a dime size or larger is critical to prevent their entry. Mice can squeeze through very tiny openings, so you need to close any openings, using metal materialand/or and caulking material. Mice do not like chewing through steel wool.
Trapping is also a very effective method in keeping mouse populations under control. Place the traps baited with peanut butter oatmeal, a honey-soaked cotton ball Orkin does recommend peanut butter. Oatmeal with honey works as a cotton ballor fruit along pathways that mice travel. They usually will run along the base of walls, so make sure the spring devices are facing towards the walls. Mice will attempt to eat the bait and trigger the spring, which will snap down quickly, breaking their necks and killing them instantly.
Other trapping methods, such as glue traps, work well. Glue traps will capture the mice when they run across sticky boards. They will be held in place and will die there of hypothermia. Whatever technique you choose, make sure you dispose of the mice safely, so as not to spread contamination or disease.