The Best Way To Get Rid of Mice In Your Oahu Home

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Some people find mice cute. But when they're living in your home uninvited, they can go from adorable to dangerous very quickly. If you're struggling to get mice out of your home for good, read on to learn why you should waste no time calling Oahu pest control for help.

Spotting One Mouse In Your Home Usually Means Many More

There's rarely just a single mouse inside your home. While one mouse may find its way into your house alone to avoid a predator or ride out harsh weather, more often than not, that lone culprit has made a nest in your home and brought some company. Even if there is only one mouse, it likely won't stay that way for long: mice can have ten litters in a year. 

Keep in mind that mice are most active at night. You may catch sight of one during the day if it's desperate for food or shelter but listen closely at night when the lights are out, and you may hear mice scratching in walls, the sound of scurrying across the floor, or other audio clues that you have multiple unwanted guests. So don't just rely on your eyes when seeking out rodents.

It's Very Dangerous To Have Mice In Your Home

Waiting until you can confirm multiple mice are inside is a huge mistake. Mice are destructive and will cause harm throughout your home. For example, they are known for gnawing wood, boring holes in walls, and chewing through electrical wires, creating fire hazards. 

Of course, mice pose a severe threat to the health of everyone in your home. They are notorious for spreading diseases to humans. Bites and direct contact can be an inflection point, but mice pose a serious risk even if they remain unseen.

Mice droppings and bodily fluids can cause illness and contaminate the air. The parasites they carry, such as fleas and ticks, are also significant sources of disease in humans. These factors only increase as the mice multiply. 

To complicate matters further, mice can carry diseases that infect humans but don't affect their species. So a "normal" looking mouse could still be a carrier. That's one reason it's vital to deal with an infestation quickly. 

Why Mouse Traps Aren't Enough To Get Rid of An Infestation

There's no shortage of mice traps on the market. But no matter what method or design they utilize, traps are not an effective way to eliminate mice infestations. Here's why:

  • Mice are intelligent creatures: They're also extremely cautious, especially in new environments or around objects they don't recognize. Mice avoiding traps, or snatching the bait without triggering the trap, is a common occurrence.

  • Mice learn from each other's mistakes: Mice learn to avoid traps if they observe one of their own fall prey to them. Their survival instincts make them incredibly adaptable to evolving threats.

  • Mice multiply too fast for traps to control: Female mice can give birth up to 10 times a year, with each litter having between 3 and 10 baby mice. A quick gestation period means their numbers will quickly explode, and traps won't keep up with the growing population.

While mouse traps can be a good start, they're not enough alone to eliminate a mouse infestation and all the problems that come with it. For that, you need the help only a professional rodent removal expert can provide. 

Call The Pros At The First Sign of Mice In Your Home

Once you suspect mice are in your home, there's no time to lose. Instead of tackling the problem alone, you should contact the pros at Pest Tech Hawaii as soon as possible. Reach out to us today to learn how we can work with you to help keep you and your family safe from these and other invasive pests.

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