At Thrive Pest Control, we have the tools necessary to detect and eliminate these threats. We do not just mean the physical tools in our toolboxes. We also mean our vast experience in this industry. Our team members often see infestation signs that other pest control technicians miss. And, we know how to apply products and other treatments in such a way that destroys mice but does not endanger pets or people.
Evidence of an Infestation
Like many pests, mice crave darkness and shelter. As a result, if you see a mouse scurry across the floor, there is almost certainly a nest of these rodents somewhere in your home. A fleeting glimpse of a mouse is only the most visible sign of a possible infestation. Other indications include:
- Urine: As mentioned, mice urinate on floors for the same reason Ripley dropped flares in the closing moments of Aliens. Urine trails are hard to see, unless you know exactly what you are looking for. Brown smears, which are a nasty mixture of feces and urine, are easier to spot.
- Droppings: Considering these pests are so tiny, they leave lots of droppings, mostly in hiding places like behind bookcases or in closet corners. Mouse droppings are almost as unhealthy as the mice themselves, as the droppings are breeding grounds for all manner of bacteria.
- Dirty Walls: Mice do not see well, so they usually hug the walls when they venture from their nests. As a result, the filth these pests carry often ends up as grease marks on the wall. Frequently, there are tiny bits of mouse hair in these smears as well.
- Chew Marks: Sometimes, mice chew through cardboard, paper, and even furniture to use these materials for their nests. Other times, they chew through these things to reach food. Regardless of the purpose, mice chew through almost anything.
Thrive Pest Control team members can spot other infestation signs as well. Additionally, they use this evidence to determine the type of mouse. That determination significantly affects infestation control treatments.
Mouse Infestation Control
Plugging entryways is usually the first step in mouse control. We will point these out to the home owner so they can get the plugged up. Unless these entrances are blocked, more mice will simply replace the dead ones inside your home. A mouse can easily slip through an opening the size of a dime.
Traps and chemical gels are often the most effective treatments. Our sophisticated mousetraps use irresistible bait, at least to a mouse, and they are largely tamper-proof.
Follow-up treatments are essential as well. To keep mouse from finding a way into your house, as they almost inevitably will, we usually recommend monthly or quarterly re-treatments.
Count on us to get rid of all manner of household pests.