How to deal with mice

As the weather gets cooler, small mammals such as mice and rats look for warmth, sometimes in your home. The Pennsylvania IPM Program has a great fact sheet on how you can tell if you have mice in your house, along with the best ways to get rid of them. Below is information from the fact sheet, but go to their website if you want a printable copy.

Why Use IPM to Control Mice?

  • More likely to give long-term control
  • Less hazardous to human health
  • Less risk to nontarget organisms
  • More cost effective
  • More site appropriate

Steps to Managing Mice

Step 1: Pest Identification
Find out what kind of pest you have to make sure it is a mouse or a rat, if possible. Mice that infest houses are typically 5–8 inches long, including a long, hairless tail. They have large ears and their droppings are pointed, about the size of a grain of rice. Rats are much larger, 13–18 inches in length, including a short tail. Their droppings are blunt, about the size of a small raisin. Continue reading