Delaware Mice Control Services
While some people love mice, most would prefer they stay as far away as they can, and for good reason: a mouse invasion in or around your home or business in Delaware can pose a real problem. Mice not only cause damage to your property, but also pose a sanitation hazard to the environment and the people who frequent the area. Mice can ruin your dry food storage and harm water and gas pipes, electric cables, packaging, and even woodwork. The damage that results could be so severe that it can cause electrical fires and floods. To protect your Delaware home or business from mice, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Are Mice?
Exterminators explain mice are small rodents with pointy noses and tails that are about as long as their bodies. These pests have small, round ears and are capable of reproducing very quickly, thanks to a short gestation period during pregnancy. Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the house mouse is one of the most common rodent species in the Delaware area. This species has the ability to reproduce rapidly and adjust easily to any environment in Delaware homes or businesses, depending on the weather. With their ability to jump, climb, and swim, a great number could quickly invade a structure with ease. Once inside, mice search for warmth and food anywhere. This is especially true during colder weather. Since mice are considered “vector pests,” they can be carriers of many disease-infested ectoparasites, such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Many homeowners and business owners in Delaware spend money on traps, poisons, or other pest treatments, but the mice may still return. The best solution for a mice infestation is getting help and recommendations from the professional mice exterminators at Viking Pest who are trained to control and prevent mice.
How to Identify Mice
Mice usually make their nests in areas that are mostly undisturbed and enclosed. Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the insulation of attics, floor voids, in stoves, behind refrigerators, and even unused sliding drawers filled with old papers can make for perfect nesting spots for mice in your Delaware office space or home. A mouse mainly eats the food products found in and around your home or business and chews or gnaws cardboard, insulation, and sheetrock to build nests.
In Delaware, in addition to the house mouse, you’re also likely to find deer mice. The biggest differences between house mice and deer mice are in the color of their fur, their shape, and the relative size of their eyes. House mice have grayish-brown fur that suddenly turns a much lighter gray at the belly. Deer mice, on the other hand, have fur that’s more brown, and it gradually fades into a white shade at the belly. House mice are slender while deer mice are more stout. Deer mice have larger eyes in comparison to the rest of their head, but house mice have small, beady eyes.
Since a mouse tends to stay close to where its nest is, there are signs you can keep an eye—or ear—out for to help find an infestation. Listen for scratching, shrill squeaking, or scampering sounds. You can look closely to locate droppings in and around the kitchen or where there may be a surplus of food they could munch on. If there are dusty areas, look for tracks they may have left. Lastly, there may be gnawing marks on walls, boxes, and even furniture. The mice pest control experts in Delaware at Viking Pest will inspect your DE home or business and recommend effective mice control treatment options if a mice infestation is discovered.
When Are Mice Most Active in Delaware?
Mice are most active in Delaware when temperatures start to get colder, going into the winter months. Because these little rodents are looking for a place to stay warm and for a consistent food supply, mice begin to build their nests in any cozy place they can—well into the spring months. This can pose a real problem if an infestation occurs, because it’s not healthy to live or work in an area that has been infested. While they’re rummaging through your food and eating away at different structures, mice are leaving behind a trail of urine. This can possibly lead to breakouts of salmonella, bubonic plague, murine typhus, or rickettsialpox if humans are exposed to the urine. It’s very important to get on top of a mouse infestation as soon as you see the signs by calling the pest control professionals at Viking Pest. If you’re proactive, the problem is less likely to get out of hand.
How to Control Mice in Delaware
There are some practical steps that you can take to help control a mice problem in your Delaware business or home. Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend storing all food in airtight containers, especially ones stored inside cabinets. Be sure to dispose of garbage regularly and keep lids of garbage cans tightly closed. Whenever there’s a spill, clean it up and vacuum the area immediately, so mice won’t see it as a place to come and feed. Regularly check your home or office space for any cracks, gaps, or openings in walls, floors, and ceilings. Pay special attention to areas around plumbing pipes and utility lines that enter into the property. Yet, the best and most efficient way to deal with mice and treat the problem properly is hiring the Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest.
How to Prevent Rodents During a Renovation
According to statistics, mice and other rodents invade approximately 21 million homes during the winter in the US. Besides causing extensive damage, mice can also carry a variety of diseases, including salmonella and hantavirus.
If you are renovating a home, this can open even more opportunities for rodents to get in, especially if it is left unoccupied for certain periods without rat and mice control.
To protect your home and renovating projects from mice, our mice exterminators state how to deter and eradicate them.
Clear up the Yard
During renovations, it’s easy for the yard to get cluttered. Piles of building debris and materials can mount up, as well any garbage from the remodeling/renovation process.
Unfortunately, this can create a paradise for mice. Mice love piles of wood, unraked leaves, garbage heaps, etc., explain the rodent control experts at Viking.
This gives mice cover to hide in before they make an entry into your home. To discourage this, our pest control experts recommend clearing any unnecessary heaps of building refuse. Stack materials neatly, rake up dead leaves and dispose of woodpiles.
Get Rid of Garbage and Food
Do you have any full trash cans standing about? Maybe with food containers in them? If so, you want to empty these as soon as possible.
Garbage cans can act as both a food source and a place of shelter for incoming mice.
Seal the House
If you are renovating an older house, chances are there’re some chinks and cracks here and there that mice could get through. Mice and rats and can squeeze through very small holes and crevices and find their way into your home.
To stop this from happening, and prevent mice from invading your home and its renovations, Viking’s pest management professionals recommend making it a priority to seal up your eaves, windows, doors, and vents as soon as you can in the renovation process.
How to Properly Clean After a Mice Infestation
You might think that once the mice have cleared out of your home, the problem is solved; however, if you want to keep mice out for good, it’s vital to clean the area properly as well.
The rodents will have left behind nests and rodent waste, which invites other mice back to the area. Knowing how to clean rodent waste properly requires some level of expertise, as you need to thoroughly sanitize the space and remove any trace of mice infestation.
What’s more, an unclean space also leaves behind any germs or diseases that the rodents might have brought with them. Professional and in-depth sanitation is the only way to protect yourself and your family from potential infection.
Luckily, the Viking Pest Control team offers Pro-Clean, a Disinfection, and Sanitization service to avoid this situation entirely. Viking’s Disinfection and Sanitization Treatments use a combination of several indoor disinfectant cleaning methods to reach and disinfect common and complex to reach areas in your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business. Viking Pest Control professionals will wipe down, mist, and use aerosol devices to fog your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home or business from floor to ceiling with our disinfectant solution during each sanitization treatment.
Protecting Your Delaware Home or Business From Mice With Viking Pest Control
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent mice from invading your home or business in Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling mice from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!