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Mice

What Do They Look Like?

These are small slender rodents with a slightly pointed nose, small black slightly protruding eyes, sparsely haired large ears with almost hairless scaly ringed tail. The brown House mouse is the most commonly found species found in our homes but you could also find Deer mice, white footed mice and jumping mice. The House mouse is gray brown with a gray belly. The Deer mice, White-footed and Jumping mice have white bellies contrasting their brown dorsal fur. Adult mice are between 3 to 4 inches long, a tail length of 2 to 4 inches long and weigh 0.4 to 0.9 ounces.

Are They Dangerous?

Mice are incontinent and thus leave a urine, dust and body oil trail (sebum) wherever they go, yes, even on your kitchen counters and silverware. They will bite to defend themselves but the main danger to humans is the health concerns they present when sharing occupancy with you. Mice and their parasites transmit Salmonellosis (food poisoning), Rickettsial pox, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis. Leptospirosis, tapeworms, ringworm organism and their urine can be an asthmatic trigger to some people.

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Signs?

A mixture of their urine, dust and body oils (sebum) will be smudged or painted along their familiar track to and from their nesting site via a food source. Feces and dry urine puddles evident where they nest and feed. Noises that seem to be louder than expected for their little bodies as they are scratching drum beats on the sheetrock ceiling and walls.

Why Are They In My Home?

Mice have a really good sense of smell and want to eat the cookies left on the counter, food that your pets eat or find the old crisps that fell under your fridge. They are also very small and many die in the harsh winter months so if they sense heat escaping your home through holes and gaps as they scurrying alongside it, they will enter and find refuge along with you. Problem is that they will not leave once winter is done as they would've found no reason to leave unless you have Critterex on speed dial. They will however enter and exit several times per week once it warms up in Spring, summer and fall but their Sebum track will be alerting its natural predators of their new home. Don't be alarmed if you find a snake skin in your house, so rather not ignore the mouse sebum and activity.

How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

We offer FME (Full Mouse Exclusion). Our policy is strictly NO POISON. To my knowledge we are the only Pest control company that truly does this FME (Full Mouse Exclusion). Other similar pest control companies will offer what we offer but at a lower cost because they will non-diligently seal up your home and then offer to leave rodent bait stations around the structures once mice activity regenerates and you call to complain. If that solution suits you that fine but we at Critterex seek out every active rodent entrance, potential entrance and weak zones where they could come in. We don't have any "plan B", either the holes/gaps are closed or they are not and we will return until total satisfaction is achieved.

If you are hearing scratchy noises in the walls and ceiling it very likely is mice. All external work. We close off every hole and gap from foundation to siding, siding to soffit and soffit to roof edge. If roof ridge also needs our added care we can assist with that as well but is an additional fee.