Cobra Pest Control is Rhode Island's best choice for education and experience in the control of mice. Rhode Island Mouse Control comes in many forms of treatment. But rest assured that Cobra Pest Control always takes treatment one and two steps further than other lesser companies.
The Importance of Rodent Proofing or Screening
Rodent Proofing is the art of sealing off all Exterior holes that a mouse or other rodent uses to enter a structure.
Mice can enter your home through an opening as small as a 1/4 inch. Most Mouse control companies will not seal off these holes. In my opinion that is a great way that they insure ongoing business. Cobra Pest Control will always inspect the building to find these openings that rodents use.
Some times it is not possible to find all openings. This is especially true here in Rhode Island where you can find some very old buildings where the foundation is not a solid cement border but a rock foundation. In this case Cobra Pest Control will use tamper resistant bait stations full of a rodenticide. These are a hard plastic or a metal box that is mounted to the ground around the exterior perimeter. The goal of these boxes is to kill the mouse or other rodent before it has a chance to enter the structure.
Biology and Behavior
The adult house mouse is small and slender and about 1-2 inches long, not including the tail. The house mouse has large ears, a pointed nose and small eyes. The tail is as long as the head and body combined.
The fur color varies, but it is usually a light grey or brown, but could be darker shades.
If there are good living conditions(food, water, and shelter), they can multiply rapidly. They sexually mature in two months, producing about 8 litters in a year. Each litter has 4-7 pups(Do the math and wow!).
The greatest economic loss from mice is not due to how much they eat, but what must be thrown out because of damage or contamination. Food, clothing, furniture, books and many other household items are contaminated by their droppings and urine, or damaged by their gnawing. House mice gnaw through electrical wiring, causing fires and failure of freezers, clothes dryers and other appliances.
They survive well on weeds, seeds, or insects, but when their food supply is shortened by the colder months they move inside nesting closer to a food supply. They make their nest from soft material like paper, insulation, or furniture stuffing. These nest are found in many places including in walls, ceiling voids, storage boxes, drawers, under major appliances, or within the upholstery of furniture. Outside the nests are found in debris or in ground burrows.
Mice forage only short distances from their nest, usually not more than 10-25 feet. When food and shelter are adequate, their foraging range may be only a few feet.
Mice are nibblers meaning they eat many times at different places, they do have two main meal times, just before dawn and at dusk, they only snack at other times at intervals or every 1-2 hours. Mice can eat about 10 to 15% of their body weight every day, the adults weigh about 1 oz. Mice also cache food as supply permits. They get much of there water from food products.
Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during daylight hours.
A house mouse is an excellent climber and can run up any rough vertical surface. It will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface.
Their droppings are about 1/8-1/2 inches long, dark and pointed at both ends, similar to a grain of rice. They gnaw small, clean holes about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Many times in kitchens you will find gnawing damage on the corner of boxes and paper, shredded for their nest.
A house mouse can squeeze through openings slightly larger than 1/4 inch across.
Disease's That Mice Carry
Mice can carry a wide variety of diseases transmissible to humans. A very real problem with the infestation of mice is the Hantavirus which has been a threat in the arid southwestern part of the country. While the house mouse has not been found to be a carrier of hantavirus, other mice( white-footed and deer mice)have been noted carriers.
The house mouse has a overall gray color. The white footed mouse and deer mouse both have a white underside.
The house mouse tail is very little fur on it, the tails of the deer mouse and the white-footed mouse are moderately to well furred and are light underneath and dark on top.
Another major concern is salmonellosis which is transmitted by mice and is a concern in food storage and preparation areas.
Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.
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