Understanding Mice Behavior and Using it to Your Advantage

Mice are Common Household Pests

Mice are Common Household Pests

Mice can be found on every continent, except Antarctica, and they can cause significant damage and destruction. They can damage homes and farms, and they carry a number of diseases. Mice are typically three to four inches long not including their tails, and they often weigh less than an ounce. It’s hard to believe something so small can be so destructive. Because mice can chew on wires, spoil food, and spread disease, it’s important to deal with infestations as soon as they occur. Understanding their behavior can help you combat these tiny terrors.

 Recognizing the Signs of an Infestation

Mice Scat

Mice are nocturnal, which means that they are most active at night. Typically, mice will spend the majority of their days sleeping. This means that you might not actually see the mice that are in your house or business, and you will need to look for the signs of mice instead. In some cases you might hear them moving and squeaking in your walls, especially at night. One of the most obvious signs, however, is mouse droppings. These small dark pellets, usually 1/8 to 1/2 inches in length, are a sure sign of mice. When cleaning up these droppings, you should wear gloves and a dust mask, especially if there are a lot of droppings.

 Foraging for Food

 What many people do not know is that mice do not forage very far from their nests, and they generally will not go any farther than 25 feet from their nest. This distance might be even shorter if the food supply is good. Because their range is so small, mice are generally located close to a food source such as your kitchen or pantry or where you store animal feed. They will also be located close to the place where you see the most droppings.

 Reproductive Behavior

Mice reproduce very quickly, and they become sexually active around six to eight weeks old (males and females differ slightly in this regard). Mice only gestate for about three weeks, and they can have up to ten litters a year. They can have anywhere from three to 14 babies, and this means that you can end up with a great deal of mice in a very short period of time.

Mice Repellent Strategies

rodentWhen it comes to getting rid of mice in your home or business, you have a number of options. You can the mice with chemicals or traps. However, those options mean that you either have to handle chemicals and/or dead bodies, which are things that many people do not want to do. Shake-Away Mouse Repellent saves you from these dirty and potentially dangerous activities.

 It’s 100% organic, so there are no harmful chemicals, and it simply repels the mice using natural oils. Mice find the smell from these oils repulsive and avoid the protected area entirely. This does not actually harm the mice so you don’t have to deal with any dead bodies! So, take advantage of the mouse’s sensitive nose and use Shake-Away mouse Repellent to keep mice away from your home or business!

 Reference Links

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_mouse

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef617.asp

 

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