Mice Pest Control & Mouse Exclusion Services in Massachusetts & New Hampshire
When domesticated rats or mice are purchased from a pet store, they can be cute, intelligent and fun pets. But when wild rodents enter homes, warehouses or businesses in search of food or shelter, they become pests and you have to implement mouse control measures to remove mice and prevent their return. Mice pest control and mouse exclusion services are Colonial Pest Control’s specialties.
Mouse Problems: Diseases & Damage
Mice and rats are highly destructive. They consume 1/5 of the world’s grain supply and contaminate much more. They cause millions of dollars of damage each year to buildings, books, documents, stored foods, and clothing. Other common complaints are holes in siding, foundation disruption, and soil erosion from tunneling.
Mice pest control in Massachusetts and mice pest control in New Hampshire are important to ensure the health and safety of humans. It is estimated that as many as 80% of house fires of unknown origin are caused by rodents chewing through wiring in walls or other electrical equipment. Rats and mice have been implicated in transmitting over 50 diseases (viral, bacterial, parasitic) such as food poisoning, rat-bite fever, hantavirus, and intestinal worms. And both rats and mice can and do bite people.
Rodent prevention at home means practicing good sanitation inside your home, garage or barn. Even so, most homeowners will have a mouse infestation sooner or later. Once mice enter human living spaces, removal and control become necessary.
Rely on Colonial for Mouse Control and Removal
Do you have a Mouse in the House? If rodents do find their way into your home, a certified rodent control and removal service should be called to eliminate the problem before it gets out of hand! You can rely on Colonial Pest Control Company to provide expert mouse control in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
How to get rid of House Mice & Rodents
Mice are not easy to eliminate. Successful Mice control requires a good working knowledge of mouse habits and a keen eye in identifying the “hot spots” in a home. Our treatment begins with a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the problem and to identify entry points. We can then customize a treatment program to match your specific needs. Colonial Pest Control uses modern, effective, and low-impact treatment methods for getting rid of mice or rats. Our knowledge lets us choose the best methods for your situation and needs whether it’s mice extermination or removal and relocation.
Let Us Mouse-Proof Your Home
Get rid of mice for good by mouse-proofing your home. Once the mice are removed, you need to keep them out. Mice proofing, or mouse exclusion, means taking steps to seal and close all openings that mice can use to get inside, making the need for further mice extermination less likely. A mouse can enter through a very small opening. If you can stick a wooden pencil into an opening around a pipe, for example, a mouse can probably squeeze through. If the opening is too small, but a mouse can find an edge to gnaw on, he will make that opening bigger. It only takes one or two small openings for mice to find their way in. If you don’t eliminate or seal up entry points, the mice will be back!
As part of our mouse-proofing service, we will do a thorough inspection of your home, inside and out, to locate potential rodent entry points. We then select from a variety of products and methods to mouse-proof your home and keep it rodent-free, such as installing door sweeps, thresholds, and sheet metal barriers, and caulking and screening gaps and openings. Whether you’ve had a mouse problem before or you just want to make sure you don’t have one in the future, give Colonial a call and ask about our mouse exclusion service in Massachusetts and our mouse exclusion service in New Hampshire.
Read more about mouse exclusion services and extermination on our blog:
- Mice in Apartment Buildings
- Mice in Offices
- Getting Rid of Mice – Advice From the Pros
- The Winter Mouse Invasion
- Could This Be A Mouse Nest
- 25 Diseases Rodents Can Cause – NEW
At Colonial Pest Control, we get frequent calls to help nearby residents and business owners rid their properties of rodents. The more you know about the life cycle of rodents, the better you will understand how quickly a couple of these small animals can soon turn into a swarm of pests. Rodents carry diseases, damage property, and can cause embarrassment, but we can offer a quick solution.
Understanding the Life Cycle of Rodents
While there are many different kinds of rodents, our customers usually call us to deal with these two very common types:
- Mice: Typically, you’ll find the common house mouse inside of a dwelling. However, sometimes field mice (deer mice) will look for shelter inside too.
- Rats: The main difference between rats and mice is that rats are larger. The most common rats found inside are black rats and brown (Norway) rats.
Typical rats only live a few years; however, a pair of them could produce 2,000 offspring if left to breed unchecked. For an example of the life cycle of rodents, consider some facts about rat reproduction from Discover Magazine:
- Rats are able to reproduce at about three months of age.
- Female rats are receptive to males up to 15 times each year.
- Typically, rats live up to about three years.
The article estimated that the United States has a population of rats just about as large as the total population of people.
Mouse populations also boom very fast. Litters could contain up to 13 baby mice, and one female can produce up to 10 litters in her lifetime. Not only can one female mouse give birth to almost one hundred descendants every year, her descendants will also begin to give birth very quickly. While male mice usually must be about eight weeks old to reproduce, the females only need to be about six weeks old. In no time at all, a pair of mice could have thousands of descendants.
What Else Should You Know About Rodents?
Most rodents don’t enjoy a very long natural lifespan; however, they reproduce so quickly that they replace themselves many times over before they die of natural causes. For such small animals, they are also very difficult to kill. For instance, rats often survive getting flushed down a toilet. In some cases, they will crawl right back up the pipe that they were flushed down to return to their nests. They also eat just about anything, which includes food that you eat, pet food, and even your pet’s poop.
Both rats and mice can carry diseases, and some of these can even be fatal. In some cases, breathing dust that has mixed with rodent droppings or urine can be hazardous. While these small animals may come inside to look for food, they will also chew on your walls, wires, and just about anything else that they can find. Rodents breed rapidly, are hard to get rid of, and can cause serious illnesses and damage. Some folks enjoy keeping a pet mouse or other rodent in a cage, but you do not want to share your home with hundreds of wild rodents.
Contact Colonial Pest
Some of our customers call us after they try other means to get rid of mice and rats. Mouse traps and other solutions that are found at the local home improvement store just cannot keep up with the problem as fast as the rodents can reproduce. Your family cat cannot handle all those mice and rats alone, either.
You don’t have time to waste using ineffective methods to eliminate rodent infestations. You can easily end up wasting money on DIY pest control, watch your problem get worse, and then end up needing professional help regardless. If your home or business has a rodent problem, you need to contact us for professional pest control as quickly as possible.
At Colonial Pest Control, we place a high priority upon your family’s health and safety, including that of your pets. We will only use rodent control methods that will effectively get rid of your pests and won’t harm you, your children, or your pets. If you have unwanted rodents who have taken up residence inside your home, we will evict them. Just call 1.800.525.8084 for a free quote.