Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Getting Rid Of Your Unwanted Rodent Houseguests

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Mice will see your house as a warm alternative to staying outside as the weather turns cooler. They can turn any dark corner into a nest for dozens of offspring. If you're not interested in sharing your home with these furry pests this winter, here is how to get rid of these rodent squatters.

Mice Populations Grow Quickly

One female mouse can give birth to six pups every three weeks and nearly three dozen in a year. Once a nest becomes established in your home, a large mouse population develops quickly. At the first sign of mice, call a rodent control company to help. They can locate any nests and begin getting rid of individuals. You can help by trapping the mice and making your home less hospitable to them.

Trapping Mice in Your Home

Simple inexpensive spring type mousetraps are sufficient for trapping mice. You'll need to trap the mice before they can get to any food sources to make it difficult for any colony to survive. Here are some ways to make sure your trapping effort is successful:

  • Identify the paths that the mice are taking through your house by looking for urine stains and dirty paw prints on the floor.
  • Set several traps throughout the house along any paths you find.
  • Peanut butter and soft cheese are good baits to use in your spring traps.
  • Stagger the traps along the paths with a few off to one side or the other to catch individuals who try to avoid traps right on their path.
  • If you find what you think are entry points into the house for the mice, place several traps around that area.
  • Mice will jump over traps, so set some close enough to catch a mouse when it comes down on the other side of a trap.
  • Before touching a new trap, wash your hands and don't allow pets to come into contact with the trap so as not to pass on scents that might warn the mice.
  • Remove any trapped mice quickly. Mice will learn to avoid that area as long as a dead mouse is present.
  • Always wear gloves when removing a dead mouse and wash your hands afterwards. Mice can carry parasites that will pass onto you on contact with the body.
  • Once you remove a dead mouse, set a new trap in the same place. The mice will learn which places to avoid on their search for new food sources.
  • You need to continue setting out traps until you no longer see signs of mouse activity.

A Team Effort

As the pest control company treats your house for rodent pests, the mice will be on the move looking for new places to nest. You need to keep putting traps out to prevent the mice from settling into new locations. Eventually all of the mice will be killed, or they will have moved out of your house because they can't find a safe place to live.

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21 October 2015