When it comes to household pest infestations, mice are usually not the first to come to mind. But considering the fact that 82% of U.S. homes were found to contain mouse allergens in a national study, mice problems are far more common than most homeowners might think. Combating a mice infestation requires more than just traps and chemicals — it requires diligence and specialized knowledge.
Here are just a few common myths about mice infestations to understand in order to help you find the right services for pest control in Boca Raton.
“Just because there is one mouse in my home doesn’t mean there’s an infestation.”
First, this myth is important to address in order to help homeowners realize when they do have an actual rodent problem. Even if you do find just one mouse in your home, it could mean serious trouble, considering the fact that in just one year, a female mouse may have five to 10 litters of usually five or six young each. If you find a mouse, more are likely to be lurking nearby unless you take the appropriate preventative measures.
“Cheese is always the best food to put in a mousetrap.”
Of all the rodent control methods, mousetraps are probably the most common. It’s not quite clear where the association between mice and cheese comes from, but Sunday morning cartoons are a likely culprit. But although mice do eat cheese, a mouse will also eat almost anything — including their own waste. Instead of using cheese as a default for trap bait, look for any food that has recently gone missing in your home. If you think a mouse got into your pantry, choose an item that they’ve already targeted. Peanut butter is also a popular choice.
“Mice have flexible bones.”
This myth is a bit more understandable, but it’s quite misleading. Mice are known for being able to fit between gaps as small as one quarter of an inch wide. But it’s not because they have flexible bones — it’s because of their skull. A mouse’s skull is just one quarter of an inch long, and in addition, mice have no collarbones. This is what allows them to squeeze through tiny openings that seem to defy the laws of physics.
Ultimately, it’s important to be aware of these common myths in order to know which rodent control options may or may not be effective. Stay tuned for the next post, where we’ll debunk even more misleading mouse myths, and for more information about pest control in Boca Raton, contact Pest Control IPM.