Mice have one true goal in life and it is to find food and shelter. They aren’t choosy about the accommodations as long as they can find a warm place to nest with their friends and family and they can have an ongoing source of food to pillage. Oftentimes, our homes and businesses become the ideal place for mice to set up housekeeping.
Do you have a mouse problem? Don’t waste time trying to solve it yourself. Call Genie Pest Control and talk with one of our expert technicians.
Two Simple Steps to Controlling Mice for Good
Because of the diseases they can carry, not to mention the mess and havoc they can wreak in a home or business, it is important to take every step necessary to solve a rodent problem at its first sign.
1. Identify the Pest
The first step toward solving a pest or mouse problem is to specifically identify what you are up against. Making sure it is a mouse and not a rat or some other kind of rodent is key to knowing how to address the problem.
Mice are the smaller of the two pests, usually measuring no more than 7.5 inches in length (including tail) and weigh less than ½ pound. They can be white, brown or grey in color and are distinguished by their triangular-shaped snout and long facial whiskers. Mice have large, floppy ears and thin, hairy, long tails.
The signs of a mouse problem are often not evident until there is a full-blown infestation. Bringing in a trained professional at this stage is always the best course of action.
Rats are larger and may grow up to 16 inches in length and weigh much more than their smaller mice relatives. They can be white, gray, brown or black and aren’t known for their personal hygiene. Oftentimes, rat infestations can be identified by the grease marks they leave behind on the surfaces they touch. Rats have snouts that are blunter and have long hairless (often scaly) tails.
Both mice and rats are nocturnal, social creatures. Both leave tell-tale signs behind such as droppings, signs of gnawing or chewing, the sound of scurrying inside of walls or in an attic and oftentimes leave behind a distinct odor from their urine and feces.
2. Choose your method
When it comes to getting rid of mice, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional. It is tempting to purchase a few traps or poisons and try to solve it on your own, but all too often it requires the type of expertise only a professional like Genie Pest Control can bring to identify the pest and solve the problem.
For the health of those around you, taking a “wait and see” or DIY approach to a rodent problem is never a good idea. Call Genie Pest Control today at (712) 325-0808 or (402) 346-7810 to talk about ways to solve your rodent problem once and for all.