It doesn't take very long for a few mice to become a huge infestation. This is because they breed very quickly and produce large litters in a surprisingly short amount of time. As long as there is adequate food and shelter, and there are no predators or competing species, mice populations will continue to expand in a building, school, or home unabated.
In addition to the fact that they are just unpleasant to have around, mice are also known to carry diseases and can be quite damaging to properties. These little pests will quickly damage everything from homes to automobiles thanks to their constant chewing. In fact, mice can destroy everything from upholstery to fuel lines and even the insulation in a home or car in their search for food and the perfect nest. Their feces and urine can permanently stain and the amount of food that they consume can actually cause problems for farmers and ranchers.
Identifying the average mouse is not difficult, but they are occasionally mistaken for rats. Generally, mice are only between two and 4 inches long, have very prominent ears, and have tales that are as long as their body and head. They are generally a grey or brown color and they can easily be identified by their feces which is shaped like a rod and is about 1/4 inch long.
The real trick to dealing with mice is finding the most effective way of getting rid of them once they have managed to become firmly established in a building. Although snap traps may be the first thing that comes to mind, they are actually not as effective as some of the newer options that are available. The benefit of snap traps, however, is that they are non-toxic if they are cleaned out as soon as they catch a mouse. Another method is the use of glue traps, but again they need to be dealt with as soon as mice are caught. The old tried-and-true method of getting a house cat is only effective if a cat is a good hunter and even the most ravenous cat can only do so much when facing an invasion of rodents. Ultrasonic pest repellers may be a popular option among individuals that are looking to prevent mice from showing up without actually killing them, but they have not been proven to be effective in real world use.
The best way to deal with mice is to prevent them from ever showing up in the first place. This means eliminating the areas were mice are likely to build their nests and keeping the home, business, or school as clean and free of debris and poorly stored food as possible. Good sanitation practices will go a long way toward not only preventing mice, but also other pests like cockroaches which thrive in buildings where food is stored poorly or where sanitation is not a priority.
If traps and baits are not getting the job done, it may be necessary for a property owner to consult a professional. Professional Nassau County pest control companies not only have the right tools for the job, but they are expertly trained in being able to locate the areas where mice are likely to build a home and can provide property owners with excellent advice when it comes to preventing them from showing up again once they have been removed.