One of the best ways to control mice, is to do so before there is a problem. Mice reproduce rapidly - so it is critical to prepare in advance.
Sanitation - Store food in rodent-proof containers and keep food in one area of the home. Mice are nibblers and consume about 1/2 teaspoon of food each day.
Habitat Modification - Control weeds, leaves, and keep wood piles away from your home. These items provide shelter from natural predators.
Trapping - Use snap traps as indicators of mice activity or to control a single mouse. Once populations get large, it is difficult to trap quickly enough to control the population. Disadvantages of trapping mice.
Pesticide - Rodenticides play an important role in controlling populations. Care must be taken to ensure that they are applied according to the label. Applications to attics can be a good way to prevent future population booms. Additionally, bait stations can be placed in basements or under decks.
Always ensure that your wildlife control company is licensed by the Department of Agriculture. All businesses applying pesticides are required to have a license - even for unrestricted pesticides. Licensing ensures that qualified professionals with proper insurance service your home - it's the law.
People generally ask about odors from mice, after rodenticide applications. Since mice only live for approximately 1 year, people certainly have mice expiring inside their home on a continual basis. We are not sure where mice go when they perish, but we generally do not find them in attics. We have treated THOUSANDS of homes, and most people do not notice an odor. Mice weigh less than 1 ounce, and this very small size probably contributes to a sucessful outcome in most cases.
All of the mice in a home will eventually expire - so it is best to control the population numbers as soon as possible.
Rodenticides are regularly used with success in many homes & businesses around SE Michigan and beyond.