Griffin Pest Solutions provides professional pest control for mice in Michigan’s lower peninsula, Indiana, and Ohio. Our certified experts utilize integrated pest management solutions to remove your current infestation and to keep all different kinds of mice from getting in again.
Here’s a quick summary of our services as well as information on the types of mice in Michigan you might encounter. If you suspect you have a mouse problem, contact Griffin today for swift and thorough rodent removal. We’re the mouse control Michigan can always count on – no ifs, ants, or bugs!
How Does Griffin’s Mice Control Work?
Griffin’s experts specialize in integrated pest control for mice. We don’t just work on getting rid of mice in your home right now. We focus on figuring out where mice come from, why you have mice and how we can make sure you don’t get them again.
Griffin’s integrated pest management solutions are far more effective than traditional pest control. We go beyond the “symptoms” – your current mouse problem – to find the cure. Griffin mice control gives you everything you need to ensure you never have to deal with a mouse infestation again. We accomplish this by combining multiple strategies:
- Trapping: We identify pathways mice use to move through your home. We place traps along them to intercept moving mice as reliably as possible.
- Baiting: We utilize bait to draw mice to strategically chosen areas of your infested site. This helps us reliably control and remove them.
- Site cleaning & nest removal: We clean key areas by removing clutter, picking up droppings, washing away pheromones, and even making minor repairs. We also locate and remove nests.
- Vector control: We identify the routes mice are using to enter your home. Then, we use caulk, steel wool, or other repair material to seal them off.
- Restricting access to food: We determine how your mice are accessing food and shelter inside. Then we strategically cut off their access using minor repairs, traps, and other mechanical deterrents.
Griffin’s integrated mice control results in a comprehensive control strategy. We systematically locate your mice, trap and remove them, and make sure they can’t re-enter your home again. The result is pest control Michigan can count on to keep mice away long after our technicians have gone.
What are the types of mice in Michigan?
There are many species of mice in Michigan’s lower peninsula and the surrounding area. We’ll help you identify the most popular so you can tell the difference between a deer mouse vs a house mouse vs a field mouse.
- Appearance: A little brown mouse with a white belly and white feet. Fur can sometimes be reddish brown also. They only grow to around 3 to 4 inches long, but their tails add another 3 to 4 inches to their total length. Deer mice have large facial features including a long snout, big, beady black eyes and tall, erect ears. Their tails are hairless vs hairy tail of house mice.
- Behavior: Deer mice are adept climbers and may sneak into homes by climbing up insulation, siding, shelving, wallpaper, or furniture. They construct small nests out of any material they can chew through and carry. Deer mice are omnivorous and subsist primarily on seeds, fruits, and insects.
- Prevention tips: Deer mice have access to more entrance vectors than other mice or rats. Keep firewood and other stacks of equipment at least six feet away from your home. Clean birdseed, fallen fruits, and other possible foods out of your yard frequently. Look for damaged insulation in unfinished areas of your home frequently and replace it regularly.
- Facts: Deer mice are the same as field mice. Field mouse can refer to several different species of mice but deer is the most common. Deer mice can spread hantavirus pulmonary syndrome while house mice cannot. Deer mice tend to gather and store food.
- Appearance: House mice tend to be lighter than deer mice. Adults have uniform brown or grey fur without the white underbelly. They look smaller and rounder than deer mice but also grow to 3 to 4 inches. Their facial features are smaller and less elongated, and their tails have hair.
- Behavior: House mice build nests out of debris then stick to small home ranges centered around those nests. They enter and exit shelters repeatedly to search for food or mates. Like other mice, house mice are nocturnal and mostly active at night. They are also averse to bright lights and avoid well-lit areas.
- Prevention tips: Sealing house mice access vectors is an important way to end infestations. Look for small openings around baseboards, utility lines, window and door frames, foundation, and insulation. Perform weatherproofing and other maintenance on vector areas every summer. Store food in rodent-proof containers and empty garbage often.
- Facts: A female house mouse can have up to a dozen babies every three weeks. They are opportunistic feeders and eat anything from grains to meat to cheese. They’re voracious and may eat 15-20 times in a single day.
Are mice infestations dangerous?
Unfortunately, they can be. Though mice are not aggressive and would not never attack humans, infestations can expose you to other kinds of health and safety risks, including:
- Hantaviruses: Deer mice are one of the primary transmitters of hantaviruses to humans. The viruses deer mice can transmit to humans includes the virus that may cause the very serious Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
- Other diseases: In addition to hantaviruses, all species of mice are capable of transmitting various disease pathogens to humans. Mice can transmit salmonella. rickettsial pox, meningitis, ringworm, dermatitis, and more via their bodily fluids, fur, and parasites.
- Electrical fires: Mice teethe on any soft materials they can get their little paws on throughout their lives. This can include cardboard, wood or cloth furniture, paper, insulation, or, especially unfortunately, electrical wiring.
When mice chew through electrical wire they could expose current, causing sparks that could lead to dangerous fires. This is a significant and common problem. The National Fire Protection Agency estimates that up to 25% of fires created by “unknown causes” are caused by rodents.
In addition to these dangers, having mice live inside your home is just plain unsanitary. Mice tend to make a mess wherever they go. They chew through paper, plastic, and wood, leave droppings, smudge the walls and floors, and generally stink up your home. Griffin can help make sure rodents in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio stay out of your home.
Why should I use professional mouse control?
Unfortunately, mice are notoriously difficult to remove on your own. House mice and deer mice can fit through any opening the width of a dime. Once inside, mice reproduce very quickly, which means even minor infestations never stay minor for very long. Worst of all, even if you manage to remove your current infestation it’s difficult to keep mice out for good. Most homeowners who rely on DIY mouse control find that their mouse problem never seems to improve, no matter how many mice they catch.
Griffin’s integrated mice control management program removes mice and make sure they can’t creep back inside after we’re gone. The result is mouse control that actually helps solve the problem for good.
If you have a mouse problem you want taken care of for good, a professional service is the best way to go. And Griffin Pest Solutions is the best professional solution anywhere in Michigan’s lower peninsula. We’ll solve your mouse problem for good – no ifs, ants, or bugs!
Mouse Control Michigan FAQ
Mice can squeeze through any opening as large as the width of a dime. They find these openings by following smells and drafts of heat expelled through them. Mice commonly find these gaps around door and window frames, exterior utility lines, baseboards and foundations, and roofing. Mice are Olympic level jumpers and climbers.
Look for each of the following telltale signs:
- Droppings and urine
- Damaged wiring
- Gnaw marks
- Damaged food packaging
- Dirty wall markings
- Rustling and squeaking in walls
Mice infestations are most common in dark, warm, naturally quiet parts of your home. Look for them in your basement, crawl spaces, storage areas, and closets.
If you’ve heard scratching and squeaking in your walls, found droppings or noticed other signs of mice, chances are there are baby mice in your home too. Mice are prolific breeders capable of producing litters quickly once they’ve found a safe place to nest in your home.
How did mice get in your walls? And how do you get them out? By recognizing the signs of mice in your home, implementing a pest control plan and sealing against future infestation, you can keep mice out of your walls – hopefully before they cause damage or die trapped within.