Winter is just about here, and those of us who have dealt with mouse infestations in the past know that they are not something to be lax about. When the temperatures outside start to drop to degrees that no longer suit the mouse breeding process, mice head into our homes to stay warm, find food, and proliferate. Due to the speed with which they are able to breed, mouse populations inside your home can grow exponentially until they become too large not to notice. To learn how to prevent this from happening to your home in Lubbock TX, read on for advice from the D’s Pest Control technicians!
How Quickly Do Mice Reproduce?
Mice reproduction rates dwarf those of many other animal species’ in our area, even other rodents’. Here is some information about mouse breeding rates that will surely hammer home the significance of a mouse infestation:
- Female mice can deliver up to 10 litters per year and up to 14 pups per litter. The average, though, is a comparably modest 40-50 pups per year.
- Mouse mothers have a 25 day gestation period and are ready to mate again as soon as they deliver their litter.
- Newborn mice only need 4-6 weeks to reach sexual maturity.
These numbers show that smaller mouse infestations starting in the late fall can lead to walls and attics teeming with mice by the early spring.
Stopping Mice from Breeding Indoors
So, what can we do about this? The best way to avoid a mouse infestation, of course, is to stop them from getting into your house to begin with. That being said, we know that very few people have professional experience with mice prevention. Mice are sneaky and smarter than we give them credit for. That’s why we have advice for both preventative measures and for those of you already dealing with mice:
- Mouse prevention: The most important way to prevent mice is to close off any gaps in your walls, plumbing, roofing, foundation, or elsewhere with a silicone based caulk or steel wool where applicable. You should also clear out yard waste, trim plants away from your house, seal your trash bins, and take any other measures to eliminate food sources and hiding places around your home’s exterior.
- Mouse control: If you know that mice are already in your home, spraying their nests or active areas with diluted peppermint oil or apple cider vinegar can drive them away. Mouse traps also work, but they come in many different forms and with varying bait strategies. Ask your local rodent exterminators about which model is best for your home.
Professional Mice Extermination in Lubbock TX
If your at-home mouse control isn’t working, let your local pest control company know sooner than later. At D’s Pest Control, we train our technicians to find all active mouse nests, along with the vulnerabilities that attracted them, and remove mice from your home safely and efficiently. Contact us today for a free quote or to learn more about our mouse removal services!