Putting an End to Mouse Problems in Spring, TX

11/15/2019

Have any of these things ever happened to you?

You’re watching TV, and out of the corner of your eye, you could swear you saw something scamper across your home or office floor.
You hear scratching in your walls or ceiling at night.
You pick up a bag of rice in preparation for supper, and suddenly its contents are spilled all over your countertops and floor.
You own a cat, and one day you are the recipient of a furry gift dropped at your feet.
 
You’ve got yourself a house mouse problem, but there are ways to prevent and remove them from your property in the Spring, TX area.

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What does a house mouse look like?

The house mouse has large black eyes, prominent ears, and short hair that’s a light brown, gray, or black color with a lighter colored belly. Adult mice weigh between .5 to 1.5 ounces and can grow up to nearly 9 inches from the tip of their pointed nose to the tip of the tail. Their droppings are small and black, resembling small grains of rice.

How often do mice reproduce?

House mice have a gestation period of 19 to 21 days and can mate immediately after giving birth to a litter of pups. A female mouse can get pregnant at around six weeks and about 5 to 10 times a year to litters of 3 to 14 pups, although the average is 5 to 7 at a time. Count if you have female mice from one single female—you can end up with several thousand infesting your home or business in a short time, and that can lead to some serious mouse problems.

Are house mice dangerous?

While house mice are cute and cuddly to look at, they’re far from that. Their ever-growing front teeth mean they continually gnaw to wear them down and to build nests. Cardboard boxes, wood, paper, books, plastic bags, clothing, wallboard, insulation, and electrical wiring are all fair game.
 
House mice also carry dangerous diseases through their dropping, urine, and hair. These include:

  • Hantavirus
  • Salmonella
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)
  • Lyme disease
  • Typhus
  • Rickettsial pox
  • Plague
  • Rat-bite fever

How can I put an end to mice invading my property?

Below are some steps you can take to help prevent mouse problems:

  • Transfer foods stored initially in cardboard or plastic bags into solid plastic containers, including cereals, bread, potato chips, popcorn, rice, flour, and dog food.
  • Keep all messes cleaned up immediately.
  • Remove trash promptly.
  • Securely close any outdoor garbage bins.
  • Eliminate entry points—mice can enter in a space the size of a dime.
  • Address the mice both inside—and out.
  • Set multiple mouse traps, especially in areas around known droppings, using food like peanut butter, soft cheese, tiny pieces of cooked bacon, or anything with an aroma and add bits of dental floss or scrap of paper for nesting materials.
  • Get a cat (if you don’t already have one).

How do I prevent mouse problems in the future?

Using traps can help reduce mice populations on your Spring, TX property, but the safest and most effective way to get rid of them is to call in the professionals at Kingston Pest Control.

Guaranteed, Long-Lasting Results for a Mouse-Free Home

Seeing a single house mouse in your home or business is worrying. Your first thought is—are there more? When you partner with Kingston Pest Control for a year-round plan, you’re guaranteed a mouse-free environment. To schedule a free inspection, contact one of our friendly experts today!

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