The Internet has been both a blessing and a curse to our modern-day society. One of the downsides of having access to so much information is that there is a lot of “wrong” information spread online. These days, everybody’s an expert, and everybody can easily post their expert ideas online. The trouble with that notion is that not everybody really is an expert, and it’s easy to get bad advice on just about any topic, even mice. We’ve decided to take a look at the worst advice you can hear about mouse control for your Charlotte home.
There are many different types of mice. A lot of people consider them cute, and while that may be the case, they can carry and transmit a variety of diseases, germs, and bacteria. The most common type of mouse is the house mouse. They have a pointed nose, little black or pink eyes, small round ears, and a fairly long and hairless tail. Colors can be brown, black, tan, gray, or white. Deer mice are typically brown or tan with a white underbelly and white feet. Their tails are shorter than the tails of a typical house mouse.
Myths About Mice
Here are just a few of the many myths you will hear about mice:
Mice only like dirty places: Though mice may be attracted to clutter to find nesting materials, they are just as likely to invade a clean home as a messy one.
Mice are only active at night: Mice may be more active at night because a house is quiet allowing them to scavenge for food without interruption. However, if there is little activity during the day, they will emerge to look for food, water, and nesting materials.
Mice don’t climb: Mice are resourceful and will find a way to get to where they want to go. Mice can jump up to a foot and can easily climb up even relatively smooth walls.
Mice can’t swim: Though they prefer to run, mice can swim. However, if they can't get out of a body of water, they will eventually tire and drown.
Mice prefer to be alone: While mice may claim a territory for themselves of up to ten feet in diameter, there can be many mice in a single home.
We could go on. The truth is, there are many things you can read about mice that aren’t true. Though these myths may not all deter you from having a mouse infestation, they help inform you about what to expect with these unwanted pests.
DIY Methods For Getting Rid Of Mice That Don’t Work
There are a few methods for getting rid of mice that should be avoided. Mothballs are a good example. Mothballs are often suggested as a way to get rid of pests, but mothballs do not deter mice, and they contain harmful carcinogens you don’t want in your home. Peppermint is another suggested deterrent for mice. It doesn’t work. In fact, peppermint will attract mice.
Mouse poisons purchased over the counter and snap traps are two of the most frequently deployed methods for getting rid of mice. The poisons can be harmful to children or pets who may inadvertently come into contact with them. Snap traps can be dangerous for children and pets as well. They are also ineffective and only catch the occasional mouse, leaving the rest of the population at large. They can be a headache to constantly bait and set with minimal results.
Machines that emit a high-frequency pitch are available, but eventually, mice will get used to the noise and the machine will be rendered useless.
Forget About Bad Mice Advice
You can reduce your chance of getting mice by sealing any holes, cracks, or gaps in your home and by not leaving food, water, and nesting materials in and around your home. If you notice signs of a mouse infestation such as droppings, the odor of urine, gnaw marks, or even strange pet behavior, call a pest professional for help.
ProForce Pest Control in Charlotte, NC is ready to help you dispel myths about mice and evict them from your home. Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly pest control experts. We offer fast, friendly service and a mouse-free guarantee.