Mice are worse than Rats in Portland
There are more of them. They invade more homes. They do more damage. They contaminate more food. They spread more diseases. And they are often harder to get rid of than Rats.
The common house mouse is usually the first pest invader of our homes. Openings as small as a peanut will be used by mice to gain entry. These small openings are caused by installing plumbing and utilities, remodeling, and flaws in the original construction of the building.
Garage door seal defects allow mice access to the garage, and poor workmanship around furnaces and plumbing in the garage allow them access to the crawl space and the rest of your house.
The Deer Mouse is a native to Portland and is found on the edges of the city where there is some green space or more wild areas. We have watched deer mice run right up a brick chimney to gain access to an attic space. The attic has lots of dead insects and wasp nests for their protein source, and deer mice feel right at home nesting in and destroying the insulation.
Poisoning mice can backfire on homeowners. If a mother mouse is nursing a litter in a nest, and gets poisoned, the resulting dead bio mass will really stink. These nests are usually deep in walls where they may have to be cut out, if they can be found.
Pet and chicken owners beware, there are several mouse poison baits that have no antidote. Animals, especially birds, can be poisoned by consuming the poisoned mice. This is a reason Raptor Shelters no longer accept live mice as donations for their hawks and other birds of prey.
If you catch mice to release, don’t just dump them outside because they will try to reenter. Take them at least a quarter of a mile away. These mice are quickly preyed upon if released in an environment that is unfamiliar to them.
Trapping mice can reduce a population, but you have to keep changing the methods to prevent the mice from becoming trap shy.
Mice Exterminators in Portland
Nature First Pest Control is the only company that will take the time and effort to find all of the mice entry points and seal them. Then, a trapping program is much more successful, and our clients can really be mouse free.
Ask about out Good Neighbor Mouse and Rat contraceptive program.