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.

Is A Mouse In The House? Signs Of A Mice Infestation

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The last thing a person wants to see is a small mouse scurrying around his or her home. However, what happens when the mice in your house are very good at hiding? How do you know you have a mice infestation if you've never seen them? As a homeowner, it is in your best interest to know how to recognize signs of a mice infestation.

1. Mouse Droppings

The most obvious sign is finding mouse droppings. As mice scurry through your home, they empty their bladder and bowels. When you look around your baseboards, you will see small black pellets, often grouped in scattered piles. The average house mouse can produce anywhere from 50 to 75 pellets per day. The pellets are about a quarter of an inch long and are often pinched at one end or on both ends.

In addition to checking around your baseboards, you will want to check areas you use for food storage, under the sinks where they will go for water, any space by large appliances or furniture especially by the stove where bits of food can accumulate. Seeing the small black pellets will confirm that you have at least one mouse that has taken up residence in your home.

2. You Hear The Mouse

Another more disconcerting sign that might have mice in your home is hearing the scurrying of mouse feet in the evening. Mice are nocturnal creatures, and they primarily forage for food during the nighttime. This does not mean that you will not see a mouse during the day. It is just less likely that they will be out in the open while the sun is out. Mice love to find newspaper and bits of cotton or soft material to make their nests. So if you have large stores of paper, perhaps newspapers or books that are stored on shelves that are connected to the ground, you may hear rustling noises in the evening as mice collect paper and carry it back to their nests.

3. Sensitive Sinuses

Finally, if you have sensitive sinuses, mice in your home may trigger a severe allergic reaction: sneezing, puffy red eyes, and excessive mucous. A lot of the allergens from mouse fur and bodily waste are spread as air circulates through your home.

Mice are very vigilant at staying out of sight from large threats, like humans and animals. If you suspect that you do have mice living in your home, consult a professional to discuss the best course of action. Mice carry diseases and even cleaning their urine and feces could expose you or your loved ones to many unsavory illnesses. 

For mice extermination, contact a company such as Garrie Pest Control.

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29 February 2016