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Mouse & Rat Control

Mice and rats often enter homes in search of food and shelter. They are drawn to warm, dry spaces and can easily sneak in through small openings or cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they may establish nests and breed, quickly becoming a nuisance. Additionally, they can also damage property and spread disease.

Reproduction

  • Female mice can have litters of up to 12 young every three weeks, and can begin reproducing at just six weeks of age. This means that a single pair of mice can produce hundreds of offspring in a year.
  • Female rats can have litters of up to 14 young every three weeks, and can begin reproducing at three months of age. Similarly, a single pair of rats can produce hundreds of offspring in a year.

 

This is one of the reasons why they can quickly become a problem if they are able to establish themselves inside a home, office or any other building.

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Controlling Method

1. Prevention

  • sealing entry points, such as cracks and holes in walls, foundations, and roofs
  • storing food in sealed containers
  • keeping garbage in tightly sealed containers
  • cleaning up food and spills immediately
  • trimming back trees and bushes that may provide shelter or access to the roof

2. Exclusion

  • installing door sweeps and weatherstripping
  • using metal or cement to seal gaps around utility lines or pipes
  • using screens on windows and vents

3. Sanitation

  • removing garbage and debris
  • cleaning up spills and crumbs
  • keeping the property clean and tidy
  • cleaning and sanitizing the areas where mice or rats have been seen or found.

It’s important to keep in mind that these methods are most effective when used in combination, and it’s also important to know that these methods are not an instant solution, it takes time to control the infestation.

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