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Does Curiosity Kill the Cat or the Mouse?

Updated on: November 1, 2019

There is an old saying that curiosity killed the cat. This may be true, but it definitely helps with controlling mice.

Mice travel next walls and basement sills regularly following the same trail. Mice do this because they have poor eyesight but an acute sense of smell. When mice follow the same trail they leave behind a scent. After following this trail over a period of time the mice will leave a brown stain. These stains are from the oils that mice have on their fur.

Mouse Traps

By placing mouse traps and mouse baits along these trails there, curiosity gets the better of them and they either get caught in a trap or eat the bait. Most of the time this treatment will eliminate a mouse problem. Sometimes when a mouse infestation is really serious, this curiosity is very helpful. If the mouse problem is still present after the normal treatment, moving stored items (in garages, attics, and basements) and furniture creates a new environment for mice to explore. At this stage traps and baits are rearranged. This exploration (caused by curiosity) will bring the mice out of there comfort zone (hiding areas) and into the new area where traps and mouse baits have been placed.

We place baits and mouse traps in areas where animals and children cannot reach them.

We hope you do not get a mouse problem, but if you do we can help. We offer a winter rodent program. This program will warranty your home for the winter. If mice reappear during the agreement we will retreat at no charge for the length of the warranty. We have customers who have this treatment every year so the mouse problem does not reoccur.


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