To the misfortune of many people, they have the unpleasant surprise of welcoming an unexpected tenant to their home: a rodent. The presence of these animals can cause many problems, ranging from damage to infrastructure to injury to the health of their owners.
And the signs of an invasion are not long in coming: contaminated food, eaten plants, droppings, theft and strange sounds. But in particular, one of the most troublesome rodent species that can disrupt the tranquility of your home is the field mouse.
These little creatures threaten your well-being and your property. They are very slippery and pernicious, as they can ruin your crops, your gardens and even your furniture. What a headache! And the worst part is that these rodents have reproduced and formed a family in your own home. Without your consent!
Fortunately, there are many methods and tricks to eliminate this scourge, and the truth is that they are very similar to those used against common or city mice and rats. To traps, baits and more.
If you are dealing with this plague and want to eradicate it to restore order and tranquility to your home, but don’t know how, or want to get information and professional help, then you have come to the right place!
As AKL Exterminator, experts in extermination and pest control of all kinds, we will provide you here with all the help and knowledge you need, so that you can get rid of field mice in your home. In addition, we will provide you with useful tips and preventive measures.
Don’t wait for the infestation to spread, let’s get started!
Know your enemy: the field mouse
The field mouse is a jumping rodent mammal. It is very small (it can measure up to 10 cm), but very agile and fast. It is an excellent swimmer and is characterized by its large ears and long tail, which can measure up to 9 cm. Its coat is reddish brown, with a white belly.
This species usually lives in burrows that it digs. It is a nocturnal rodent and has a great capacity of reproduction. Females can give birth to several litters of up to 6 young per year. However, its life expectancy is very short (on average 1 year).
Its diet is composed of everything it can eat, from plants to insects. However, these rodents prefer vegetables, legumes, roots and fruits. They can even dig tunnels to eat the roots. This makes them the ultimate destroyers of gardens, orchards and greenhouses.
How do field mice invade my home?
Field mice are more numerous outdoors than indoors, seeking food sources, water and shelter to breed and survive. However, they can also invade the interior of your property, and because of their size and build, they can sneak in and settle anywhere.
These rodents can get into holes in walls, between cracks, in gutters, on roofs, in windows, in the attic, in the basement, in old furniture or in sheds. And when night falls, they go for a long walk, poking around in your garden or orchard.
Signs of infestation
There are several signs that indicate the presence of these invaders. In your garden, you will find the most visible signs such as: wilted or chewed vegetables, spoiled vegetables, injured plants, holes and small digging systems in the soil, deformation of grass, destruction in flowers and leaves, etc.
Also, if you hear nighttime noises (such as biting or scratching) and notice droppings watering your property, these are obvious manifestations of this type of rodent intrusion.
Methods for Getting Rid of Field Mice
If you’ve identified these signs of infestation, you can be sure that your furry little tenant has made its mark on your home. But don’t worry! To get rid of field mice, we’ll give you some recommendations and ways to eliminate this pest. Let’s see!
Use natural repellents
A simple and practical solution, to scare these rodents, is to place natural repellents to disrupt their olfactory sensitivity. Garlic cloves, castor oil paste, elderberry manure or mothballs will be enough to keep them away. This way, you won’t have to kill them.
But be careful, because some of these products are very toxic to humans, so handle them with care. Wear gloves at all times.
Setting conventional traps
If you want to capture your intruders, then traps are your thing. Rodent traps are available for purchase and purchase. The key is to introduce a tasty, eye-catching mouse bait, and place the trap in a busy area or near their burrow.
Finding a natural predator
A good way to keep this pest at bay and under control is to get a natural predator of rodents. And what better predators than cats! You can also get birds of prey, but that would be more complicated. In any case, these animals will reduce the infestation in a few weeks.
Buy rodent control products
If you want to get rid of field mice, you can buy rodenticides, such as bait stations or poisoned pastes, so that the mice will die by eating these products. You should place these pesticides in strategic locations and constantly monitor the progress of the infestation.
Also, take precautions for the sake of your loved ones. Remember that the toxicity of these products can cause harm. Keep these pesticides away from your children or pets.
Hire professional services
If the invasion is beyond your control and the reproduction of these rodents has progressed too far, don’t hesitate to call an exterminator or a pest control company. These professionals will assess your case and effectively get rid of the field mice.
Good health and hygiene are key factors in avoiding rodent infestations, especially the intrepid field mice. These small invaders can survive on small crumbs and a few drops of water. That’s why we recommend a few prevention tips here:
- Vacuum floors, rugs and carpets regularly.
- Clean up all residues, crumbs and food waste.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Pick up garbage daily and put it in mouse-bite resistant containers.
- Mow grass and weeds often in your gardens and orchards.
- Eliminate water leaks.
- Fill holes, cracks, gaps and repair broken pipes.
- Place traps on your plants and gardens.
With this information and advice, you can get rid of field mice in your home. So don’t hesitate to apply these preventive measures to avoid this plague! Don’t forget to watch for any signs of invasion, especially in your garden or orchard.
And if you are already suffering from the ravages of field mice, you cannot eliminate these insects by yourself and you urgently need the help of a specialized company to eradicate the infestation, so don’t hesitate to contact us! At AKL Exterminator, we are professionals in the extermination and control of all types of pests.
We will help you without saying a word! In addition, we offer different services and products that you can find in our amazing online store, to control all kinds of invaders, from spiders to rodents. We offer our services in the different provinces of Quebec.
You can find us at 5333 Boul. Laurier, suite 128 Terrebonne, J7M 1W1. We guarantee the quality and the warranty of our products and services, against any invading pest. Do not hesitate to contact us by clicking on the image below! We take calls at any time!