Many types of mice exist but the most common are the House Mouse and the Deer Mouse. House Mice tend to be more commonly found in urban and suburban developed areas and Deer Mice are more common in the rural areas. Deer Mice are the species most frequently associated with Hantavirus.
As with rats they have versatile feeding preferences and obtain much of their moisture requirements from the food they eat. Some of the differences between Rats and Mice are the facts that Mice are known for their “nibbling” of many different foods and they are naturally curious about new items placed in their environment.
These factors help in determining the most effective control measures. All rodents have poor eyesight and excellent hearing, touching, and smelling senses. We take all these factors into account when developing our control strategy.
Mice In Attic?
Why do mice like to live in the attic? It’s warm and dry and safe, that’s why! They breed up there, they build mouse nests in the insulation, they poop, they pee, they store food. They make little tunnels and runways in the insulation.
Steps To Get Rid Of Mice In Your Attic:
- Find out how the mice are getting inside your house. There are holes outside, leading into the building. Vents, gaps in siding, areas where wires and pipes go into the house, roof lines, etc. Mice enter in these areas, then crawl up the walls and into the attic, which is an ideal nesting and hiding place. You will never get rid of all the mice permanently until you find out how they are getting inside.
- Seal every last entry point shut – anything larger than 1/4 inch. Use steel mesh or metal flashing, because these little rodents can chew though lesser repairs, such as mere caulking.
- Trap and remove the mice. Set snap traps, at least ten of them, wherever you see mouse trails or droppings. I usually do this in the attic, where mice have left ample evidence with trails and mouse poop in the insulation.
- Clean the attic space, if necessary, to get rid of germs, pathogens, and mouse odor that attracts new mice. This also helps prevent the growth of mold, which can happen with mouse urine and feces.