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Mouse in the House? Here's Some Answers to Common Infestation Questions

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Mice entering the home is not only unsanitary but frustrating when you have to clean up after them. You have the choice to trap them and kill them or call an exterminator, but either way, if you don't seal up entryways, mice will return.

The method to rid your home of these pests and keep them out depends on the number of mice in the home and the prevention tips you use.

How Long Does It Take to Exterminate Mice?

The time it takes to create a mouse-free home depends on the number of mice in your home. It's often difficult for a homeowner to know how many mice are in the home.

Just keep in mind that all it takes to create an infestation is one mouse of each sex. Mice breed often and can produce new litters quickly.

A full-scale infestation means a more difficult and long process for extermination. In most cases, you can expect your home to be mouse free in anywhere from 1 to 3 months.

Why Do Mice Come Back After Extermination?

Mice come back to your home if you fail to take steps to keep them away. Mice enter the home looking for food and shelter. The cleanliness of your home doesn't either, as long as you have what these pests want.

  • Leaving food out around the home, even just overnight.
  • Leaving pet food out in open containers in garage or home
  • Leaving entryways for them to squeeze into
  • Leaving clutter that makes good nesting material

Mice are crafty and sneaky, so if they smell food, they'll find any entry point left open for them. Close up any opening and make sure food is covered or put away at night.

Do Mice Ever Leave on Their Own?

It's very unlikely that mice leave an area that provides food and shelter for them on their own. They stay and continue to have babies until you're dealing with a full-scale infestation.

Don't ever wait for mice to leave on their own. If you suspect mice, call professional mice extermination services to get rid of them.

How Do You Find a Mouse Nest in Your Home?

If there are mice in your home, they have a nest somewhere in the house. Some nice live in walls and other small spaces in the home.

Outdoors, mice make nests in grassy areas or places with thick shrubs, so they like to hide. In the home you'll have to check enclosed, undisturbed areas like closets and unused drawers or cabinets.

Mice multiply quickly, so if you suspect mice in your home, act quickly. The sooner you take action, the easier it'll be to exterminate them.