What To Do When Mouse Traps In Your Memphis Home Just Aren't Enough

August 14, 2020

Given that mice are one of the most common home-invading pests out there, you’ve probably encountered one—if not a few—in your life. If so, your first inclination was probably to set out some traps and hope the problem solves itself. But, did you know that mouse traps are not the most effective method of mouse control? In fact, when it comes to dealing with mice infestations, mouse traps are not all that effective. Therefore, if you are dealing with an infestation, you’re going to need to know some other methods for eliminating it.

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Identifying Mice

Mice are rodents that grow anywhere from 2 ½ to 3 ¾ inches in length. They are usually gray in color and feature cream-colored bellies. They have four legs, fur-covered ears and tails, and two front incisors that grow endlessly throughout their lives. Because of this, mice need to constantly be chewing on stuff or else their teeth will grow too long.

Mice are intelligent animals and prolific breeders which means eliminating infestations can be quite tricky. They will usually enter homes if there is access to food or water sources, and once inside, are likely to make a home there.

If mice do invade your home, they can contaminate food, dishes, countertops, and any other surface they touch with their urine, feces, and saliva. Moreover, mice carry diseases that can be detrimental to humans. These include hantavirus, dysentery, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. Mice can also cause damage by chewing on your furniture or other structures within your home. Ultimately, if you are dealing with a mouse infestation, you should act with urgency to eliminate it.

The Pros And Cons Of Mousetraps

Mousetraps are the most common solution to which people turn when they are facing a mouse infestation. And while they may catch a mouse or two, there are number drawbacks to traps which render them, more or less, ineffective when it comes to eliminating infestations.

For instance, mice are quite intelligent creatures and will avoid the traps if they see them. Moreover, mice are nimble enough that they can often remove the bait from traps without setting off the mechanisms. Also, given that mice are prolific breeders, mouse traps, if effective, only nip away at the problem and do not eliminate whole infestations. Not to mention, if you do catch a mouse, getting rid of it can be a dirty business.

Overall, though mouse traps might be popular, they are not all that effective when it comes to eliminating infestations which is the goal.

Mouse Prevention Techniques

As with most pest control, when it comes to mice, the best offense is a good defense. This means taking the proper precautions to prevent mouse infestations from ever occurring. As previously stated, mice will often enter a home because there is easy access to food or water so eliminating these is crucial to mouse prevention.

Some great ways to reduce the likelihood of a mouse infestation include:

  • Store food in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
  • Wipe up any spills from counters or floors immediately.
  • Refrain from stacking dirty dishes in the sink for extended periods.
  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Store trash in well-sealed containers.
  • Eliminate entry points.

If you can accomplish these techniques you should greatly reduce your odds of having a mouse infestation.

For Surefire Mouse Control, Call The Professionals

Given the relative ineffectiveness of mouse traps, if you are dealing with a mouse infestation, don’t delay and give us a call here at Mid-South Pest & Termite. We have the experience and the expertise required to wholly eliminate mouse infestations from your Memphis home. We will also work with you to prevent any future infestations.

Don’t let mice threaten the safety of you and your family. Give us a call today, and get started with effective rodent control for your Memphis home.

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