Rodent Control in Ridgefield, CT

Surge in rodent carried Lyme disease

What you need to know about mice

Mice and rats are a problem when they find their way into your home. They like to be near humans so that they have a ready supply of food. This has earned them the term "commensal rodents," which means "to share one's table."

Between the two, mice are the most prolific. One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year. Each litter can have six to eight pups, so the mouse population can increase extremely fast.

Want a lot of mice as fast as possible?

Feed mice, provide shelter or harbourage and provide a water source. Of course you don’t want a mouse in the house or even worse, hundreds of mice. A mouse population will grow in direct accordance to how much food, water and shelter you provide. Shelter would be your home. Harbourage could be weeds and plantings around the foundation of your house or clutter in your attic, basement or living areas. Food could be any edible item. Mice mostly like grain such as bird seed, grass seed, dog or cat food and cereal. A bumper crop of acorns means a bumper crop of mice.

How to eliminate mice

Reduce or eliminate as many of these items as possible. At the least, place these food items in sealed containers. Cereal can be put in Tupperware. Grass seed and other seeds can be placed in small garbage cans.

Are mice dangerous?

Rodents can carry up to thirty-five diseases including hantivirus that humans are susceptible to, which is another reason to eliminate them as soon as possible. Cleaning up after a rodent infestation also requires a great deal of caution. This is necessary because of the possibility of fleas, which may transmit their own diseases to you, your children and pets. There is also risk involved if you inadvertently stir up the dust of their nests; it can be hazardous to breathe in the bacteria contained within.

Rodents can also do physical damage to your home or business. They easily chew through some types of siding and other building materials. They are also known to chew on electrical lines, thereby increasing the possibility of fire. They damage other materials as well, creating holes and gnawing on numerous objects, especially food or food containers.

Mice and your car’s airbags

Did you know most newer cars (2000 and newer) have wiring that is coated in soy based bioplastics? It’s not uncommon for mice to be attracted to cars for shelter (a warm engine in your driveway or garage is nice in fall or winter) and now for food. I have personal experience with this. Shortly after leaving for work one day, my wife called in a mild panic. All her airbags went off and the electronics were going on and off. Long story short, the dealer said the wires were gnawed and there was mouse nesting material around the engine.

Amtech Personalized Pest Management specializes in rodent elimination.

From elimination to sanitation, we do it all.

Removing rodents can be difficult. A professional pest management company will identify nesting areas, access points and food sources to come up with a comprehensive rodent elimination plan.