Maryland Mouse Control & Exterminator Services
Mice are a common pest that invade homes and businesses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, making mice prevention a must. These tiny rodents can be extremely frustrating as they enter your inside space without your knowledge. Despite their minute size, their presence poses serious risks to human health, as they can spread diseases like hantavirus or leptospirosis through their urine and droppings. To protect your Eastern Shore of Maryland 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?
Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains mice are tiny rodents with large ears relative to their smaller-sized heads. Mice have pointed noses and thin tails. Typically, they grow no larger than 7 or 8 inches. The smallest species in Maryland is also the most common—the house mouse, which ranges in size from 5 to 7 inches. Mice are burrowers, which means they like to nest in soft, quiet places where they can raise their young and store their food explain the Eastern Shore of Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest. Often, mice are drawn to homes or office buildings because of the warmth and steady food supply. Common nesting places include inside insulated walls, attics, air ducts, neglected storage boxes, or even old furniture.
How to Identify Mice
Since mice are so small and quick, it can be difficult to tell if you have an infestation. Mice are nocturnal, and won’t usually emerge during the day, so their small black droppings are often the first sign of trouble. Local Eastern Shore of Maryland exterminators at Viking Pest explain you may also notice gnaw marks on food or holes in cardboard boxes or plastic bags in your pantry or break room. Mice love to make their burrows as snug as possible, so you may also notice tears or holes in soft furnishings or clothing where they’ve ripped away cloth to use for their nest. If the mice have nested in your walls or attic, you may hear soft scratching noises at night.
When Are Mice Active in Maryland?
The life span of a mouse is roughly 9 to 18 months, but they breed quickly, producing broods of up to five young after only 22 days of gestation. Mice are active throughout the year, but tend to be problematic in Eastern Shore of Maryland homes and businesses once cooler weather hits in the winter explain Eastern Shore of Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest. That’s when mice start to look for food and shelter indoors. Once they’re inside, they can breed rapidly, nesting in walls and other out-of-the-way spots. This is when you should seek the help and recommendations of the pest control experts at Viking Pest Control.
What Problems Can Mice Cause for Eastern Shore of Maryland Homes or Businesses?
Mice may look small and harmless, but the truth is they’re capable of both damaging your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business and endangering human health. In order to keep their growing teeth the right length, mice constantly gnaw on different surfaces, including wooden structural elements and electric wires. This can cause electrical outages or even start fires, explain the pest control experts at Viking Pest. In addition to damaging your building or home, mice can ruin food and endanger your health with their droppings and urine. There are several serious diseases that spread through contact with mouse fecal matter, including hantavirus, tularemia, and leptospirosis.
How to Prevent Mice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Wondering how to prevent mice in your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business? It all starts with prevention. Extermination experts at Viking Pest suggest that you avoid leaving food outdoors, which could attract mice. This includes not leaving birdseed, fallen fruit, or even compost on the ground. Clear away brush and piles of debris that lean against your exterior, which would provide shelter for mice as they seek a way inside. The local MD exterminators at Viking Pest state mice can squeeze their bodies into holes less than 3/4 of an inch around, so make sure there are no holes, cracks, or open vents on your exterior where they can enter. The best extermination option and prevention method is to enlist the help of pest control experts. Viking Pest knows the behavior of these pests and our pest management professionals use an Integrated Pest Management system that eliminates mice at the source and keeps them from returning.
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 Maryland 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 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 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!