Living near a field or near woods can make your home more susceptible to the infiltration of field mice, among other rodents. When a mouse is in the house, it might cause a little ruckus when scratching the walls or running around, but when several mice are in the house and mating, a large colony of mice can quickly grow. Here's what you need to know if you've spotted a mouse in your house or think you hear one in the walls.
1 + 1 = Far More than 2
In just one year, a female mouse can have as many as 10 litters of mice, with as many as 6 baby mice in each litter. Young mice mature in just 6-10 weeks, at which time they are ready to conceive and add to the colony. Without just several months, there could literally be dozens of mice inside your house. Within a year, there could be hundreds! Because of this, it is extremely important to get a handle on the situation as soon as possible. Hire an exterminator to eliminate the mice.
Inspection & Prevention
However, since a mouse or two had figured out how to get into your house to begin with, you may be faced with the same problem in the future if you do not seal off the entry points that were used by those first mice. Hire a residential mice inspection service to find those entry points and seal them off so additional mice are not able to find their way in the same way. Also, the inspection service will inspect all areas of your home to pinpoint various other places where mice could try to enter your home, including places where mice could create their own openings to get inside, such as gnawing through water damaged wood or scratching through crumbling mortar.
In addition to finding and eliminating areas where mice can infiltrate, it is important that you and other family members who reside in your home reduce the chances and likelihood that other mice would also find your home attractive enough to call their own. And that means giving the mice no access to food or water in case they do find an entry point in the future. Store all food in mouse-proof containers, such as plastic, glass or metal containers, and make sure to repair any and all water leaks throughout the home.