Do you have a mouse in your house?
Mice are a continual problem for rural and urban dwellers. If mice aren't ruining the trees and shrubs by gnawing on branches, they are indoors feeding on stored seed, pet food, breads, dried pastas, spices and food stuffs and gnawing into stored clothing and boxes. They invade your home seeking food, water and warmth. One pair of mice and their offspring can reproduce up to 200 mice in four months.
Mice are offensive for many reasons.
If mice are already in the building, keep boxes 12 to 18 inches above the floor and stored materials several inches away from the walls to keep them from finding suitable nesting sites.
Trapping is the most effective method of getting rid of small numbers of mice. Use peanut butter, doughnuts, gumdrops or other sweet substances as bait. Change your bait daily to keep it fresh and inviting.
Place snap traps next to the walls where mice droppings are seen. Place at right angles to the wall less than 10 feet apart. Mice will stay close to their food source.
When you catch a mouse in a trap, dispose of it carefully in a sealed plastic bag, using gloves. Disinfect the trap or use a new one. Disinfect your gloves.
Non-toxic glue boards or sticky traps should be placed in similar places as the traps. Many people see these traps as cruel since the mouse gets stuck to the trap, it may scream, dismember itself, often dies slowly and leaves a unsightly mess.
Poison baits are not recommended if you have any pets. Your pets might eat the poison or the mouse that has ingested the poison and also die or get seriously ill as a result. It is also possible the rodent may eat the poison and die in an inaccessible location - such as within the walls, creating a noticeable odor.
Tracking powders are used by professional pest control companies. The toxic powder is placed into the walls and inaccessible areas a mouse may be traveling and living. It picks up the poison on its fur and later ingests it when grooming itself. Again, you may have a problem with the mouse dying in a wall.
Recommendations include the following:
Sources: Texas A & M Ag Extension; Orkin Pest Control; Winnebago Co Extension Service. Connie Eccles, Assistant editor of RAA & CEO, researcher and writer for ComPortOne.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a rare but life-threatening disease which produces flu-like symptoms in a person 2 to 6 weeks after exposure. Exposure can be caused by breathing the dust that is contaminated with infected rodent feces, urine, saliva or through a rodent bite. House mice are not considered to be carriers, however deer mice may carry the disease. Deer mice are common in the upper Midwest, especially in the rural and wooded areas. Always take precautions when dealing with rodents or rodents droppings.
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