How Fast Can Mice Reproduce In Your Home?
In our cold Vancouver BC winters, the last thing we want to deal with is a mouse infestation. Once the temperatures drop below a temperature suitable for breeding, mice come running towards our houses in hopes of finding a warm place to take shelter, find food, and continue their rapid reproductive cycles. Mice are more than happy to breed all year long if they are comfortable enough, and their quick turnaround times cause minor infestations to grow into full-home takeovers in a heartbeat. If you’re interested in learning more about mice breeding habits and how you can avoid an infestation this year, read on for advice from the technicians at Rentokil, formerly Onsite Pest Control!
How Rapidly Do Mice Breed Indoors?
When mice find a comfortable place to nest indoors, their numbers can skyrocket, even in the winter. Here are some alarming statistics about the reproductive rates of mice:
- Female mice can have litters with anywhere between 3 and 14 pups. The average female mouse has 40-50 pups per litter.
- Mouse mothers have a 25 day gestation period and are able to breed again very soon after giving birth to a litter of pups.
- Mouse pups are ready to breed just 4-6 weeks after being born.
These numbers clearly show that a small mouse problem can very quickly turn into a large infestation if not attended to quickly and properly.
Stopping Mice from Reproducing in your House
The most important way to prevent mice from breeding in your home is to find and remedy any access points that they might find. Once they get inside, it’s easy for them to find pockets in your walls or attic to safely nest. We know that it can be very difficult to prevent mice from invading your home, so we’ve laid out advice both for people trying to be preventative and for people looking to take quick actions to remove mice from their home:
- How to prevent mice: The most important thing to do to keep mice out is to close off gaps that could provide mice with entry points into your home. This means using a silicone-based caulk or steel wool to close up gaps in walls, foundation, roofing, plumbing fixtures, and more. You should also keep your lawn cut short, trim your plants so they aren’t touching your home, and keep your garbage cans far away from your home.
- How to get rid of mice: You can use a diluted spray of either peppermint oil or apple cider vinegar to drive mice out of your house. Kitty litter and fabric softener sheets can also be used for spot treatments as a supplemental measure. If you want to try traps for larger infestations, ask your local rodent exterminator about what kind of trap will be best for your situation.
Best Mice Exterminators in Vancouver BC
When your attempts to control mouse populations in your home fall short, your best bet is to contact your local pest control company before the problem gets out of hand. At Rentokil, formerly Onsite Pest Control, we take pride in our technicians’ ability to assess homes for vulnerabilities, clear out entire mouse populations, and conduct lasting preventative work to keep our customers’ homes mouse-free. Receive a free quote by reaching out today!
How Fast Can Mice Reproduce In Your Home? in Vancouver BC
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