Rodent infestations are one of the biggest struggles for many homeowners. Dealing with any kind of rodent problems can be stressful, challenging, and upsetting. However, many homeowners don't know how to recognize an infestation, let alone deal with it. There are so many things that people don't understand about mice and what it's like to have mice in the house. Here are some of the things that you should know.
Mice Eat a Lot
While the amount that mice eat may not seem like much from a general perspective, when you compare their food intake related to the size of their bodies, mice eat a lot. They are fairly active little creatures and have to eat frequently to keep up their energy. A mouse will scavenge for food as many as fifteen or twenty times a day to continue to fuel their activity level.
Mice Are Intelligent
Many people underestimate the sheer intelligence of mice and rodents in general. They are smart enough to recognize when something changes in their environment. If they've had free roam of your house up to now and you set some traps, they'll recognize these new things and, in many cases, avoid them for quite a while due to concerns about their safety. Not to mention, if you bait a trap with your bare hands, your smell on the trap is enough to deter the mouse from trying to get to the bait that's on it. Also, the mouse has such a refined sense of smell that should you try to re-use a trap after catching a mouse, the scent of the dead mouse from the last catch will often deter them as well.
Mice Aren't Fans of Cheese
Although mice are synonymous with cheese in modern culture, the truth is that mice aren't fans of cheese. Using cheese in a mousetrap can work, but only if there are no other food sources around. If you want to bait a trap with something that mice can't resist, opt for peanut butter or peanut butter mixed with birdseed. These things are far more likely to attract a mouse than cheese. With peanut butter, it's harder to remove the bait from the trap without springing it, which is a potential issue when you bait it with a piece of cheese.
The best thing you can do if you suspect a rodent infestation in your house is to reach out to a pest control company. Rodent control services are the most effective and efficient way to rid your home of these nuisances.