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Mouse Infestation

Summary: When you find evidence of a mouse infestation it's time to take action. Here's some information that will help you catch these rodent pests in no time.

It's fairly natural to think your entire house has a mouse infrestation when you discover your first mouse hiding in your pantry. When that little fellow jumps off the shelf and runs across your foot you feel totally violated. What nerve that mouse has fouling your fresh, clean shelves. Sort of makes you want to clear out the entire house and start over fresh.

Before you back up the dump truck to your back door however, let's understand how a mouse is likely to


operate should one gain entry to your fortress. We know mice have poor eyesight and are somewhat timid in new surroundings.

First, check the outside for possible entry points. Seal up all the holes including the tiny ones where you think "No way can a mouse get in there!" Just so happens, a mouse can negotiate a hole no larger than a dime. I like sealing holes with a product called Xcluder. It's cheap and easy to use.

'So, let's assume it has not gained the confidence to travel much more than fifteen to twenty-five feet from its nest. That small radius is about all that mouse really needs to satisfy its need to explore during its entire lifetime.

Armed with that information you need to discover where that mouse might be nesting. So, what does a mouse nest look like? Look for a tight little pile of torn up paper and cellophane, string, cotton and other miscellaneous bits and pieces of stuff. It should also have lots of little mouse droppings mixed in, a sure sign of a mouse home. Once you locate the nesting materials you will know exactly where to lay out your mouse traps and how many traps to put out.

We suggest purchasing a couple dozen small mouse snap traps or a multi-catch trap and placing the traps out all along the walls of the entire room where the nest or fresh droppings were found. Be sure to place the traps directly flush against the baseboards. Mice normally like to travel along walls to “feel” their way around a room.

There is no reason to place traps in every room when you understand the size of the roaming territory of the average mouse. This little bit of information will most like result in a fast catch and problem resolution.


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