One of the most effective prevention measures is exclusion - performing structural maintenance to close potential entry points found during initial inspection. Treating for pest without considering prevention of the future issue is a waste of time. Repeated infestation must be prevented whenever possible.
Mice are by far the most common pest problem in the United States. The secret to the mouse's success is their fast reproductive rate. A female mouse can go from birth to giving birth in about 65 days.
If you live in an urban environment expect a visit from the common house mouse. Many people believe that these mice come in from the fields out side their house. The truth is these are communal rodents meaning your house is their habitat.
To successfully treat for mice you must do the following:
- find the entrance points and seal them
- use multiple bait placements (mice like to take a small meal here and a small meal there, so providing multiple feeding stations is important)
- use a variety of baits (mice are picky eaters)
- improve sanitation (one gram of food left out can feed a mouse for a day)