December 17, 2021
If your garage has become a sanctuary for mice trying to escape the cold Maine winter, or if your attic has become a nursery for female mice and their many, many offspring, or if you’ve found mice eating out of your pantry, please know you are not alone. Many Maine homeowners are dealing with the same situation as you and also wondering how to get rid of mice that have infested.
How do mice get inside in the first place?
You might think your home is built like Fort Knox and nothing’s getting in but we’re hear to tell you otherwise-unfortunately. Mice and other pests are opportunistic and really don’t have to put a lot of effort into finding their way into a house. In fact, all they have to do is locate a small gap on the exterior as small as the diameter of a dime and they are in! A gap between the garage door and concrete or an opening by the bulkhead door are two prime examples of how mice can easily get inside a house or camp.
Why mice are attracted to homes
Simply put, homes are warm and mice like to be warm while winter rages. If your home is safe and protects them from the cold, they’ll come in.
Food is another attractant for rodents and while the kitchen might be the first place you think of, it’s not the only place for mice to find food. The garage or basement may also contain items that taste good to these hungry critters. Potential food sources other than the ones stored in your kitchen cupboards or pantry include bird seed, grass seed, and trash.
Nesting material is yet another attractant for mice and while we go all out to decorate our babies’ rooms, mice pilfer items to create their nests. Newspapers and cardboard, attic insulation, cloths and cleaning rags as well as furniture stuffing are the type of items mice will commandeer for their reproduction efforts and which homes usually have an abundance of.
Get rid of mice with help from Pine State
To successfully get rid of mice that have infested your garage, basement, attic or other part of your home, contact Pine State Pest Solutions. Offering effective rodent control in Portland, Saco, and Auburn as well as throughout our multi-county service area, our services include:
- An initial clean-out to remove mice (or rats) already active inside the house.
- Minor exclusion work to plug or seal obvious entry points.
- Installation of bait boxes on the exterior of the house.
- Installation of bait boxes in the garage, attic, basement, crawl space, or other area where rodents have been detected.
- Follow-up rodent control service as needed and to be determined by your pest control pro.
If you’re looking for a pest control service that protects your home from rodents AND other pests common to Maine, we highly recommend our Home Protection Plan. With pricing starting as low as $35/month, you can count on our team to eliminate and prevent mice and other house-infesting pests from taking over your home.
Starting as low as $35/month*
Pine State’s Home Protection is an affordable pest control plan that is ideal for homeowners who want general pest control services that target common house-infesting insects and rodents.
When you sign up for this ongoing service, you’ll receive an initial service visit to treat the existing pest problem and then seasonal service visits spread out over the year to ensure pests stay out. That’s a total of four services annually.
Pests covered under Pine State’s Home Protection plan include carpenter ants, cornfield ants, crazy ants, field ants, little black ants, pavement ants, Asian lady beetles, carpet beetles, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, flour beetles, ground beetles, hide beetles, larder beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, warehouse beetles, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, centipedes, clover mites, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, wood cockroaches, field crickets, house crickets, European earwigs, cat fleas, dog fleas, firebrats, cluster flies, fruit flies, bald-faced hornets, European hornets, deer mice, house mice, millipedes, Angoumois grain moths, drain moths, Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, mud daubers, Norway rats, paper wasps, pill bugs, rice weevils, silverfish, sow bugs, springtails, cellar spiders, daddy longlegs spiders, house spiders, jumping spiders, sac spiders, wolf spiders, Western conifer seed bugs, and yellow jackets.
*Some exclusions apply- please see your agreement