Although rats are more common in San Diego, the truth is, mice can be equally as problematic if not more so.
Because they are so much smaller than rats, mice can be harder to detect, thus they can do a lot of damage before they’re ever noticed. Adult house mice are slender and small. They are around 1 to 2 inches long, not including their tails, with the tail being as long as the head and body combined. An adult weighs from 1/2 to 1 ounce. Mice are attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food, water, and shelter. Bird feeders, unsecured garbage cans, woodpiles, gardens, and compost piles can all attract mice to your property.
While mice can enter homes, garages, sheds, and other buildings any time of the year, they are especially problematic in the late fall when they are trying to secure a place to overwinter. Mice can enter buildings by squeezing their bodies through very small spaces. Mice are able to fit through holes and cracks that are around 1/4 inch in size, which is approximately the size of a dime. Once inside, they are typically found hiding in places that are close to food sources including behind walls, in crawl spaces, behind large appliances, in attics, and in the back corners of cabinets.
Like rats, mice are nocturnal. They have very keen senses of touch, taste, smell and hearing, but poor vision. These heightened senses are used to constantly learn and explore their surrounding as they are memorizing food sources and their pathways. To make up for their poor vision, these rodents have a tendency to avoid new objects and quickly detect them, even when in an environment that is familiar to them. That is why traps and baits are avoided for a couple of days after they have been placed.
The average life span of a house mouse is 9 to 12 months. Forty days after being born they can reproduce, and mate all year round. Usually young are born 19 to 21 days after they have mated and in around 6 weeks are mature. The average litter size of a mother mouse is 10 to 12. When they are born, mice have closed ears and eyelids and are hairless
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Whether you need to get rid of mice or rats, the best trap is to call Nixtermite and our Professional Pest Solutions. Our experienced technicians will first investigate your home and/or property to determine where the rats are currently living and how they are gaining access to your home or office.
In most cases, we find them living in attics and/or subareas. The most effective rodent control requires an integrated approach. Rodenticide alone is often not enough. Additionally, rodent control may require rodent proofing, harborage reduction, trapping and increased attention to sanitation.
Our complete home exclusion service will seal up all potential access points around your home or office to ensure that you have no further problems in the future.