In the pest control business, we find that certain pests tend to be more of a problem during specific seasons. One of those pests are rodents. Even though we often see a spike in rodent issues in the cold winter months, they can still be a problem in the summer months. Many towns and cities in Oklahoma are building new homes and buildings that eliminate the habitats of these small creatures. In this article we’re going to explore mice, where they come from, their lifestyle and how to take care of them.
MICE AROUND THE WORLD
Mice are most often found out in fields and forests around the world. They are on six of the seven continents. Only Antarctica‘s not included in that list. These small rodents have made their way around the World by using shipping to stowaway and travel. They often find a way into the shipping containers and ships because of the food found in them. Because of this we find them around the world. Your Tulsa exterminator will have more information.
Mice are small mammals that raise their young. They reproduce very quickly in order to keep their population high. Mice are at the bottom of the food chain and are on the top of every predators menu. Because of this, they have to bolster their numbers in order to keep from going extinct. The female mouse can go through an entire pregnancy in about a months time, and then get pregnant immediately after giving birth. In most cases, these litters can be anywhere from 10 to 12 baby mice. This means that the average female mouse, if she survives, can have up to 150 babies in a years time.
MICE COMMUNICATION AND SENSES
Mice are actually fairly gifted communicators. They often use different squeaking noises and body language in order to communicate to other mice. In fact, after mating the male mouse will sing to the female. Yes I said sing. These small critters can communicate danger, attractiveness, food sources and all sorts of different things through their ability to communicate with one another. Mice are full of surprises. Call a Tulsa exterminator for more help with mice.
Mice my enjoy all five senses. But of these senses, their sight is actually their weakest sense. They rely much more heavily on the other four senses. Using their whiskers, they will trace the walls of a room by feeling the wall next to them as they run. Their sense of feeling is actually very acute. They can find food with their sense of smell even if the food is inside a plastic bag. In addition to this, mice are very fast. They can run quickly along walls and get away from predators very fast.
MICE NIGHT HABITS AND CONTROL
Many people believe that these rodents are nocturnal. But the truth is that they simply adjust their schedule to the activity around them. If they’re in a persons home and that person is active during the day, then they will sleep often during the day and then become active at night when no one‘s around. The same is true in the wilderness. They adapt to whatever predator that happens to be near them and try to be awake for a time that the predators are not awake and active. Of course in the wilderness there are so many predators that this can’t be completely effective. Owls hunt at night while wolves and dogs hunt during the day so there is really no rest for the mouse.
Controlling these pests can be very important. They are carriers of many different diseases including the black plague and others. Mice can bite if they’re threatened. But in most cases they prefer to flee from their adversaries. Many people believe that cheese is the best bait for mice. The truth is it depends. In most cases peanut butter is a good attractant for mice. In the winter months the fat in the peanut butter gives them the warmth and the calories that they need to survive the cold winter months. But in the hot summer months, they’re usually looking for more carbohydrates. Peanut butter can be summer affective but often other treats that are more sugary in nature can be affective. Cereals, sugars and flour are all things can attract a mouse in the summer months. Your reputable Broken Arrow pest control company can help you with this.
TWO FRONT TEETH
Mice have two large front teeth that never stop growing. These teeth, if aren’t they are not trimmed, will grow so large that the animal will no longer be able to eat and will starve to death. In order to trim them, the mouse has to chew on things. This is why they use their chewing ability on so many different things. They will chew a hole in the carpeting to come into the carpeted room, they will chew a hole in the wall or trim piece in order to get into a room, and they will chew straight through plastic, especially bags in order to get to food.
This also helps to keep their teeth at the proper length. Their front of their teeth are covered with an enamel but the rear of their teeth is not. This gives them the advantage of being able to wear with the backside of the teeth faster than in the front. This gives their teeth a sharpened edge that helps them to chew through things.
ELIMINATING MICE IN YOUR HOME
If you’re having a problem with mice or any other issues, it’s important that you get help from a professional Tulsa pest control company as soon as you can. Here at TermMax Pest Control we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with rodents, cockroaches and other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area including Claremore, Sapulpa, Coweta, Sand Springs, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Prattville, Turley, Sapulpa and much more. Call us today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!