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What To Do If You See A Mouse Inside Your Del Rio Kitchen?

It is disturbing to see a mouse in your kitchen. If you want immediate and effective control of mice in your home, you can contact Gold Star Exterminators for effective rodent pest control in Del Rio. If you want to do it yourself, you'll need to know some critical facts about mice. Join us as we look at mouse control in a way you may have never considered.  

It is important to know what mice eat because controlling food sources can have a big impact on mouse activity. Why? Because a little mouse eats several meals in a day, sometimes as many as twenty tiny meals. For this reason, a mouse wants to establish itself as close to food as possible. As you work to eliminate mice in your kitchen, use these facts to help.

Protect grains and rice. If you grew up watching cartoon mice eat blocks of cheese, you need to get that image out of your mind. These are small animals that prefer small food sources. They're going to get into your kitchen to eat bread, cereal, and rice mostly. Protect these food sources by putting them in protective containers. 

Clean up food debris. Mice eat crumbs that fall to the floor and grease on the sides of your oven. Deep cleaning can help drive mice out of your home.

Clean dishes as you go or store dishes in your dishwasher. Mice eat condiments and food debris left on your plates, cups, and silverware.

Pick up pet food before you go to bed. Mice eat cat and dog food. If you pick food up before nighttime, you'll prevent mice from getting a meal during the night.

Protect your trash. Mice are surprisingly good climbers. Don't underestimate their ability to get into uncovered trash receptacles to find a meal. They'll eat many food items you throw away, not just grains, rice, and condiments. They are omnivores. 

Remove bird feeders or move them far from your exterior walls. Seeds are a primary food source for mice and seeds scattered on the ground beneath bird feeders are a strong attractant for mice. 

Pick up nuts and fruit. Mice are drawn to yards that have nut- or fruit-producing trees. It is essential to stay on top of your clean-up efforts. Squirrels aren't the only pests that eat these food sources.

Protect certain vegetation. There are many plants that mice will eat. They're not limited to vegetables and fruits. They'll eat some ornamental plants as well.

Protect exterior trash. Make sure your exterior trash receptacles are covered. It is also important to clean your receptacles periodically so that smells don't attract mice from a distance. 

When you see a mouse in your kitchen, use these tips to drive them out of your home and keep them away from your exterior. When you combine these tips with exclusion work, you can stop your mouse problem. But mice are often mysterious. They can continue to infest Del Rio homes for no apparent reason at all. If you're wondering what mice are up to or why you're having trouble controlling them, you likely have questions.

Twelve Common Questions And Answers About Mice In The House

If you have questions about mice inside your home, it is likely to be one of the following. Check out these common questions about mice. Our answers will provide you with helpful insights about these tiny rodents.

  1. How do mice get into homes? Mice typically use small gaps to enter homes. If a gap is too small, mice may make the entry points larger by chewing on building materials. A few common entry points are gaps around doors, windows, and utilities. They also find ways to access roofs and get in through vulnerabilities up there.
  2. Do mice have bones? We're often asked this question in association with the question above. An adult mouse can fit through a gap the size of a dime, which may make you wonder if they have bones. Yes. They have bones. But their ribs are flexible and they are able to fit through any gap or hole they can fit their head through. 
  3. How long do mice live? Most mice live between one and two years. That might not seem like long, but it is long enough for them to have several litters of pups inside your home.
  4. How fast do mice make babies? Rabbits don't have anything on mice. A female mouse can get pregnant almost immediately after having a litter of pups, and she can produce up to ten litters in a year. If food sources permit, mice can grow a significant population.  
  5. How do you get rid of mice in walls? There are only two effective ways to address mice in your walls. You have to drive them out or lure them out. The most common method is to lure them out. There are many ways to do this. A common solution is to apply baited traps. Unfortunately, catching mice isn't easy. They have skills and behavior patterns that help them avoid traps. 
  6. Are mice nocturnal? Mice prefer nighttime activity but may become active in the day if needed.
  7. Are mice blind? Since mice move around in dim lighting and complete darkness, it causes some people to wonder if they're blind, or if they can see in the dark. Both are not true. While mice have terrible vision, they are not completely blind, but a mouse doesn't rely on its ability to see. It uses its whiskers to feel, its nose to map out smells, and its hearing as sonar.  
  8. Do mothballs work to drive mice out? Mothballs contain naphthalene, but not in large enough quantities for efficacy. If you use enough mothballs to control mice, you'll likely create a hazard for children and pets in your home.
  9. Do cats control mice? Some cats are mousers. They live to catch mice, and they're really good at it. Other cats don't harm mice at all. They'll just watch them crawl along a wall and do nothing to stop them. But even if you have a cat that is a mouser, it can't get into wall voids, behind the cabinets in your kitchen, and in other spaces where mice hide and forage for food. 
  10. Can mice make me sick? Mice pick up harmful organisms in trash, sewers, and other dirty places. They are also a risk for Hantavirus. It is not good to have mice in your home. They are considered a health hazard.
  11. Do mice damage my stuff? Yes. Mice chew on lots of things. They also damage items with their waste. But there is one way a mouse can damage all the stuff in your home at once. Mice are known to chew on wires and cause structural fires.
  12. How do I get rid of mice? The best way to get rid of mice is with a treatment plan that includes inspections, exclusion work, bait boxes, glue boards, snap traps, evaluations, and modifications. We recommend having a licensed pest management professional develop and apply a rodent control plan.

We hope these answers have helped you put things into perspective. The main issue with mice is that Del Rio residents lack the knowledge needed to effectively address mouse problems. Mice are sneaky, clever, and resourceful pests. They're also prolific breeders. When you see a mouse in your kitchen, it is best to get professional mouse control. However, you're not without options if you hope to deal with mice on your own.  

Eek! I Saw A Mouse In My Kitchen!

When you see a mouse, that little mouse is telling you something. It is saying, "Your home has lots of mice." The reason you see mice is that the population has grown beyond the food resources inside your home and mice must become more daring, or active during the day, to get a meal. Since they're struggling to get food, you can use that against them. Use the tips provided above, and you may drive mice out. Once you've given them a few days to get out, seal your exterior as best you can. After sealing your exterior, perform routine inspections around and inside your home. Look for droppings, gnaw marks, holes, shed hairs, and grease marks on baseboards. When you find signs, clean the area. Doing so will allow you to check back and see if more signs appear.

Total Rodent Control For Homes In Del Rio

When you want the most effective mouse control, it pays to select a company that has a strong track record. If you're in Del Rio, contact Gold Star Exterminators. Our trained and certified technicians know how to develop and apply effective rodent control plans. We can guide you through the process and help you get the level of control you want. You don't have to let mice have free reign of your home. Get help today. 

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