Unlike rats, mice are more of a rural pest, but can be found just about anywhere in the Portland Metro and Vancouver, Washington area. They search for places that can provide food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, this can often be inside your home, which they are particularly adept in getting inside. Because of their size, they can easily slip in underneath a garage door or any opening larger than about dime-sized hole.
Once a mouse gets access to the inside of you r home or crawl space, they begin to spread contamination. A mouse cannot control its bowels and will leave feces and urine everywhere they go, creating unhealthy spaces over time. Considering that a female mouse can have over 70 pups a year (with only a 20 day gestation period), you can see how a mice infestation can quickly get out of hand.
In the wild, mice build an intricate tunneling system where they live. If they are lucky enough to find themselves in your nice, warm crawl space, they do this same burrowing in your subfloor insulation, which can contaminate and ruin the insulation in a fairly short amount of time. Severe damages result in the need for a crawl space restoration, which can be quite costly.
Mice are social pests. If you are seeing a mouse in your home, it is very unlikely that this is the only one. Finding out how bad an infestation really is can be a simple process of inspecting the crawl space and checking for rodent feces.
What You Can Do:
Mice prefer places where they can keep hidden. If your home has a lot of overgrown shrubs and/or longer grass, it is providing a perfect environment for rodents to remain unseen. Trim these areas back and be on the lookout for mice entry points or burrow holes. Also, look for potential food sources. Mice love bird feeders, so if you have one of these in your yard, it would be a good idea to remove it.
What We Can Do:
We look at the property as a whole and come up with a custom solution for your home that will give you long lasting control. We use products that are effective in reducing rodent population and take great care in trying to identify the ways in which the rodents are getting in. Once we have treated your home and have our rodent bait stations securely in place, we discuss with you the different conducive conditions around your home and help you come up with a plan to mitigate them.
If you are having issues with mice control and would like to have some help, we offer a free, no-obligation inspection. Please call us today if we can help!