Help! Mice Are Taking Over My Bay Area Home!

February 11, 2024

If you have a mouse infestation in the Bay Area, you probably feel anxious, overwhelmed, or confused. You may not know why these pests decided to infest or aren't sure where they're hiding in your home.

That's why Bay Pest wrote this guide to mouse control in the Bay Area. Here, we're discussing everything you need to know about their identification, treatment, and long-term prevention.

We also explore how the team at Bay Pest can help you get rid of infestations quickly. Since we outline our process from start to finish, you can get a better idea of what to expect.

house mice in pantry

Identifying The Common Mouse: Differentiating Mice From Other Rodents

House mice are by far some of the most common pests in the Bay Area. More than 21 million homes in the US see infestations every year, while 9.2% of homes in the San Francisco metro reported mouse activity in 2021.

But how can you tell the difference between a mouse infestation and a different type of rodent? Let's look at their signs and symptoms, so you have a better idea of what to expect:

  • Physically, house mice grow to be three to four inches long with light gray-brown fur and white bellies. They have large ears, pointed snouts, and fur-covered tails.
  • Mice leave tiny tooth marks in food packaging, plastics, and paper. You may see tiny pointed droppings around the house as well.
  • Most house mice build nests near refrigerators, ovens, and water heaters (unlike rats, which tend to focus on attics and basements).

If you think you've spotted a mouse infestation, you need to contact professionals for immediate solutions. Waiting for a problem to 'go away' simply allows the problem to get worse.

What Makes Mice So Dangerous?

House mice may not carry venom like spiders or eat through wood like termites. They do, however, pose significant risks to people, pets, and your property. 

For starters, house mice can spread serious diseases by running across surfaces or sampling human food. This can lead to leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, or even typhus.

House mice can also chew through walls to access heat and food. If you try to stop them directly or back them into a corner, you may be bitten or scratched in self-defense.

If you don't want to put your loved ones at risk, you need to start with adequate mouse treatments. But traps alone aren't enough to keep these pests at bay.

Let's look at the reasons why.

Why Aren't Traps Enough To Keep Mice Out Of My House?

Snap traps are perhaps the most common treatment for a house mouse infestation. However, not only are they less-than-effective solutions, but they could also give current infestations a chance to spiral out of control. 

For example:

  • House mice are clever pests and may learn to avoid snap traps.
  • If snap traps are effective, you must dispose of them yourself, which could potentially be dangerous and expose you to pathogens.
  • Most house mice infestations have dozens of individual pests, meaning two or three snap traps aren't enough to control their numbers.

The best way to get rid of mice is to contact Bay Pest – the area's favorite provider of effective mouse control.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Mice In Your Home For Good

Mouse control from the team at Bay Pest is simple, efficient, and affordable. We make it easy to access the solutions you need and achieve the outcomes you deserve.

Rather than relying on snap traps alone, we use specialized tools, bait stations, and glue boards. We also implement one-way doors to remove pest activity quickly.

Ready to get started with mouse removal in your Bay Area home? Just contact us today to schedule an inspection.


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