Mice are moving in with a vengeance and there is nothing that will stand in their way. The cold weather snap is the exodus from outside to in when it comes to mice, so you have to start thinking about keeping them out.

So what happens, though, if they have already infested your house?

Well there is nothing magical about mouse control, and there are two kinds of people out there when it comes to mouse elimination. The ones who try to do it themselves or the ones who don’t want to be bothered and just call a professional.

Professional pest control companies like Grove Pest Control will start with an inspection of your property. Target areas are under the stove, behind the fridge, under the sink and dishwasher, and inside closets. We take the stove bottom drawer out, often times we will unscrew the bottom of the dishwasher kick plate and check under there, move the fridge, etc. Exterminators are looking for droppings. If there are droppings then mice are visiting those areas, the more dropping the more frequent the visit. These are areas we pay attention to. Basement wall ledges is another area they like to travel. Traps up there are useful. Think like a mouse.

What’s in the pest control professional’s arsenal? Some of the standard products you can buy at your local hardware store, just a lot more of it. Snap traps, glue traps, and poison bait. The level of infestation will determine what we decide to use. The idea is to knock down the population as much as possible.

Choosing attractants for the snap traps is also a consideration. I walk into so many customer’s homes and find snap traps with globs of peanut butter on the trigger of a snap trap and they are wondering why they are not catching anything. Your feeding the mouse nightly. They sneak up and lick that peanut butter until they get their fill. You need to smear just a little bit to make that mouse work at getting his food.

They are not in the mood for peanut butter you say! Then switch it up. Bacon grease, slim jim pieces, chocolate, cat food, really anything. Their sense of smell is amazing and if they are hungry they will eat.

Another thing to think about along the lines of attractants. Are the mice eating into your chocolate bars every night? Are they eating your bird seed every night? Well you just found your attractant. Give them what they want. Take all the food out of the area and just put what they’ve been eating on the trigger.

These are just a few of the tips and tricks pest control companies use. If you are unwilling to handle your mouse problem, or just too jumpy when it comes to mice, then consider giving Grove Pest Control in Willow Grove a call. We would be happy to help.

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