Gray, white, brown or even green running in the grass … A mouse is cute! Except when they are very numerous and not domesticated as a pet. Today we share how to get rid of mice.
Know the mouse well
Far from the white farmed mouse, the domestic or common mouse (Mus musculus) is gray to brownish in color, it is a diurnal mammal. Its size varies from 10 to 20 cm from head to tail and the tail is exactly the length of the head and body added, for an adult weight not exceeding 20g.
Despite his large eyes, the little beast has very poor eyesight and suddenly his sense of smell, his hearing and his sense of touch are very developed.
A female, in optimal conditions, can father 40 babies a year!
The mouse is one of the oldest mammals on Earth, it has been there for over 65 million years. And for good reason, its mode of adaptation but also of reproduction is very effective. Indeed, a female, in optimal conditions, can father 40 babies a year!
It must be said that she only wears them for around twenty days, that she can reproduce again 4 days after childbirth, that she can give birth all year round and that she is able to become a ‘mom’ at the age of 45 days!
Babies are active from their 3rd week of life and are therefore ready to become ‘parents’ only 3 weeks later!
The nests of mice are generally 13 cm in diameter and are made of flexible materials in hidden and preferably isolated places.
Her food tastes are, of course, easy on cereals, but the creature remains omnivorous all the same because she likes to work with food of animal origin.
How to Get Rid of Mice
Like all living things on our planet, the mouse is part of the great food chain. And therefore also plays an important role in ecosystems.
In this food chain, the mouse is a very popular dish for many carnivorous predators such as reptiles, raptors, foxes, wolves … The mouse, on the other hand, will eat insects and snails, thus naturally regulating the balance of biodiversity.
Otherwise, from its natural habitat, this small mammal also helps to aerate the soil by searching it tirelessly to find its daily food.
Are you there or are you not there? We want to recognize its usefulness outside … But having it at home is never unanimous.
HOW TO BE SURE OF ITS PRESENCE?
Admittedly, the mouse ingests the only 3g of food and a small amount of water per day but its excrement is numerous because it produces 50 to 100 droppings daily! Her urine is fluorescent when ultraviolet lit. Her little screeches are quite audible to the human ear, they say that she ‘snags’ or ‘whines’.
Its range is 3 to 9 meters from its nest, it is able to climb and jump more than 30 cm from its position … But it will still prefer to get closer to its favorite foods, those to available in our homes like bread, flour, rice, chocolate, cakes, fruits, cereals, seeds and also the food of our pets!
HEALTH AND OTHER RISKS …
The small concern, which is not the least, is that the animal if it came to stain our foodstuffs with its urine or its excrement, could transmit serious diseases and different pathogens to us.
There is also its bite, or ticks, fleas and other mites that mice carry.
But that’s not all, because this little rodent can help start fires by damaging the electrical wires in our homes.
In short, cohabitation is not desirable and not desired!
So, your mission … if you accept it, is to do everything in your power not to facilitate access to these unwanted items from your home.
Initially, an outside inspection is essential and it mainly consists of filling in the smallest openings of more than 0.6 cm in diameter in your home.
A cat … It is a cat … It is an effective weapon! This is one of the tips for how to get rid of mice.
Otherwise, at home, place your food in sturdy boxes, practice good waste management to reduce food sources and do not leave containers that could serve as their nest.
If you notice their presence, do not hesitate to use pest traps or mouse bait to eradicate them definitively. To help you choose the means to fight against mice, find our rodent diagnosis.
Musophobia is the panic fear of mice, and finally. It’s good because it is really better to do everything to avoid having Mus musculus at home!