Only a few pests can make your skin crawl like when you discover a mouse in your home. They are very crafty; they can get into your house through the smallest and most unusual spots.
Seeing one of them is bad enough, not to talk of an infestation. This is why you should get the issue sorted immediately you discover a mouse infestation in your house.
They are very destructive, mostly because they can literally eat and chew through almost anything including electrical wires and pipes, which can cause water damage and so many other things. They can make your life worse in a spectacular way. The first step in getting rid of them is identifying the infestation in the first place.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A MOUSE INFESTATION
Here are easy things to look out for when you are trying to identify if you have a mice infestation:
Appearance – Mice are classified as rodents, they are usually between 10 and 20 centimeters long. They are covered with fur, which may be greyish or brown depending on the type of mouse. Mice also have hair on their tails, but it is shorter and finer than the hair on their bodies.
Behavior – One of the first signs that you have a mouse infestation could be mouse droppings or a urine smell. Mouse droppings are around the size of a grain of rice and black in color.
Nesting materials- Items in your pantry eaten inside cabinets, chewed paper, and other mangled paper products potentially used for mouse nests can be a sign of a mouse problem.
Chewed holes- If you find entry points throughout the house in the form of holes with chewed, ragged edges, you might have a mouse problem.
Smells- When a large population of mice is gathered in the same space, they give off a stale, musty smell. If you can detect this smell coming from hidden and dark places, you should start considering calling an exterminator.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE MICE
You might be wondering why you suddenly have a mouse infestation on your hands, here are some reasons why:
– Depending on the weather or the season, mice will find a way into your home to keep warm, seek shelter, or find a suitable place to start a very large family. Yes, mice can make several babies two to four times a year.
– Homes and their foundations are attractive to mice because they offer things mice need like food, items to create a nest or shelter, and simply a place where they won’t be disturbed. So, if your house has holes all over, then you may be inviting mice to come to take shelter and reproduce, and of course, quickly develop a mice infestation problem.
– If you are in the habit of leaving food out and not properly covering or sealing your garbage and foodstuff, you could be inadvertently inviting mice into your home.
– If there are leaky pipes or clogged drains in your house that is constantly making it wet, you are creating perfect breeding grounds for mice.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR MICE PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Now that you have discovered that you have a mice infestation, why do you need to get them out of your house as soon as you can?
– First of all, mice can reproduce pretty quickly. Just having two mice in the walls of your home can spawn 40 other rats in a year. Now try and multiply that by each new offspring, and watch a massive headache develop in your head.
– Mouse droppings can carry nasty bacteria and viruses. Exposure to those mouse droppings can lead to salmonella and a host of other diseases, ticks carried by mice can transmit Lymes disease, and fleas carried by mice can cause allergic reactions and rashes. Basically, mice are one of the leading pests when it comes to the transmission of diseases, some of them potentially fatal.
– Property damage can become a possible issue with mice infestation. They chew up almost anything they can find in your home including your furniture, clothes, food, documents, and papers, and even the wiring in your home- which can lead to costly electrical repairs.
HOW TO HANDLE MOUSE INFESTATION
You may figure that a quick fix is putting poison down all over the house, but that is not a particularly effective or permanent fix and it can be risky, especially if you have small kids or pets in the house. Your best option is calling a professional mouse control company like us that can ensure the mouse problem is dealt with effectively and decisively.
We will also make sure to do it safely without any health implications to you, your family, or your pets. Give us a call today to talk to one of our experts and to explore your options.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER MOUSE INFESTATION
Now that you have taken care of your mouse issue, how can you make sure you keep them away? Here are a few key points:
– Make sure you block and seal openings and cracks around the exterior of your home especially areas where utility pipes enter (these are favorite entry points for mice). You can make use of steel wool, or caulk, or a combination of both. If they can’t get in, they can’t infest your house.
– Mice are attracted to carelessly stored food items or opened containers in your pantry. Make sure to seal food in airtight containers and dispose of uneaten food properly.
– Try to keep crawl spaces, basements, attics well ventilated and dry.
– Properly inspect boxed items that enter into your home. They might have stowed away mice especially if the boxes are coming from dank and wet warehouses.
– You should also clean up your yard, eliminate debris, garbage, and any form of clutter from around your house. Additionally, store firewood a minimum of 20 feet away from your home.
– If you are a cat person, you might want to pick up a furry friend from the pet store. Cats are natural enemies of mice, they can help you keep them out of your house.