“When the cat’s away the mice will play” is an idiom we have all heard. This time of year you need to be careful, or the mice will be playing inside of your home. As the weather turns chillier, rodent control and rodent removal become unpleasant realities for many homeowners. You have come to the right place for expert advice from the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions! We are mice exterminators-we provide successful mice and rodent control, and mice and rodent removal.
Identifying Your Pests
There are three primary types of rodents you will see this time of year in the St. Louis area. The first one is a house mouse. The house mouse has fur that is grayish brown, and a tail equal to the length of its body. From nose to tip of the tail, a house mouse is five to seven inches in length. People usually first know that they have rodents when they find droppings, so it is important to know what to look for. The house mouse droppings are roughly 3/8 inch long, black, and very hard.
The second rodent that is common right now is the whitefooted deer mouse. This mouse has brown fur with a white belly, as well as white feet. An adult whitefooted deer mouse has a body length of 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches, not including the tail. The tail will add another 2.5 inches to 3.8 inches to the overall length. The droppings are very similar to a house mouse, but since these mice are associated with Hantavirus, sweeping up their droppings on your own could be deadly.
The final rodent that is seen moving indoors at this time of the year is the Norway rat. This rat’s fur is brown or gray, with a coat that is very shaggy. A Norway rat’s ears and tail are covered in scales. The total body and tail length will average 8 inches to 10 inches, but the tail itself makes up less than half that length. Norway rat droppings are about 3/4 inch long, black, have a “hook” on one end, and usually are found in piles in a corner.
How Did I Get Mice in My Home?
Rodents seek the warmth and food sources inside your home when the weather outside starts to cool. Rodents are looking for small openings to gain access into your home. Mice need only to find an opening as small as a dime to gain access; for rats it is the size of a quarter. Common entry points are: gaps where the gutter line meets the roof; cracks in the foundation; warped siding; and garages. They also gain entry where utility lines enter the home. Rats will also make their way into your home through sewer lines, entering through floor drains or the toilet.
When a mouse first makes its way into your house, it leaves a trail of urine droplets (up to 3,000 droplets a day!) that creates a path for other mice to follow into your home. Rats follow scent trails (not just urine) left behind by themselves or other rats.
Preventative Measures To Take
If you want to avoid needing rodent control or rodent removal, there are steps you can take to deter their entry:
- Professionally installed exclusion measures (e.g. sealing visible foundation holes)
- Replace garage door seals
- Keep indoor food areas clean of crumbs, wrappers, and dirty dishes
- Contain trash in metal receptacles (plastic can be chewed)
- Cover utility entry points
- Do not use foam insulation to seal home, as rodents can chew through this.
Why You Need Professional Mice and Rat Control
Whether it is for preventative measures or whether you are in need of mice control or rat control, it is important to use the services of a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Before a problem begins, a trained professional from Holper’s can come survey your home and yard to give you an assessment of where potential entry points are for rodents, as well as all pests and creatures. If you find yourself with a rodent infestation and need our expertise as mice exterminators, there are many reasons to call Holper’s right away to take care of you. Our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Techniques and materials used always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited rodent stations, monitored rodent stations, rodent traps, and repairs to entry points.
It is important to note that all rodent droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by a professional using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of whitefooted deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.
We at Holper’s look forward to providing you with successful rodent control and rodent extermination. Please call 314-732-1413 to set up your appointment today.