How IPM can help you get rid of mice
IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management, and it is a pest control method that uses all the information about a pest species in order to find the safest and most effective treatment option. With IPM, the first methods of control used include prevention, exclusion and nonchemical options, and if these are not enough to tackle the infestation, you then move to stronger pesticides. Here however, the least harmful options are chosen first, in order to avoid harming humans or the environment.
The benefits of using IPM against mice
There are several benefits to using the IPM system for pest control against mice. First, it is more likely to have longer lasting results. Since the process begins with eliminating the causes of an infestation, once eliminated, the infestation is not as likely to reoccur. IPM is also less hazardous to the health of both residents and pets, only affecting the targeted organisms. It can be a more cost effective control option, and it is more likely to be a good fit for a particular site.
Mouse pest control under IPM
The IPM process starts with the identification of the species of the pest. Using control methods designed for rats is not as effective as when you are dealing with mice. The next step is prevention. The holes and passageways which provide an entry into the home for pests are sealed. You then want to make sure that there are no food sources for the mice, such as open food containers, or easily accessible garbage bins, and that there are also no water sources, which means fixing any leaky pipes or faucets.
The process then moves to control, starting with the safest options, such as snap traps. Glue traps, while they are non-toxic and do not have a direct impact on the environment, are less preferred, because it is a painful way to die for the mice, and once a mouse is trapped, you will have to remove the trap from the home with a panicked mouse on it. If the infestation is large enough, you then move on to pesticides. The most recommended option is to use pesticides that come in large, solid blocks that are placed in a secured bait station that is only accessible to the mouse. Always make sure that you use products that have an EPA registration number on the package. You also want to avoid rodenticide options that allow the mouse to walk free afterwards, because it might die in the walls or other hard to reach places.
While homeowners can use IPM when implementing DIY pest control, it’s best used by professionals, who have practiced it for some time. This ensures that the traps are used effectively and that the prevention methods are properly set in place. If you would like more information about controlling house mouse populations, contact us today.