When the temperatures drop, mice often infest homes looking for a warm place with access to food to spend the cold winter months. While mice may seem small and harmless, they can actually bring parasites, germs, and bacteria inside with them. The more mice you have, the more mice droppings your home will have, and the higher your risk for E.coli, salmonella, hantavirus, and more. Even more disturbing, mice often run across counter tops, and bacteria can be transferred to your food.
Not only do mice put you and your family at risk for disease and bacteria, they also destroy your home and property with their need for constant gnawing and chewing. Rodent teeth never stop growing, so mice are constantly gnawing to keep their teeth from getting too big for their mouths. They'll chew through wood, electrical wires, insulation, bedding, and anything else they get their greasy little paws on to find materials to build their nests. Once their nests are built inside the comfort of your home – they'll begin to reproduce. Before you know it, you'll have a mice infestation in your home that's extremely difficult to control.
Mouse traps are an easy do-it-yourself method and will catch mice that are running around your home in search of food, but traps alone won't always eliminate your infestation. Mice have a tremendous reproduction rate, and given the time to settle in, you could be facing a population that can keep up with or even outpaces the ability of your traps. Not only this but if your traps do work now to stop these mice, what's to stop more from showing up later? Exclusion is the process of sealing potential access points to your home so that pests cannot get inside, and it is a necessary component of your mice control program. Since mice can get in through an opening the size of a pencil eraser, a careful inspection of the home is required to find and seal all possible openings.
Keeping mice out of your home may be easier than trying to kick them out after they've moved in. Here are some tips to try for preventing mice from coming inside:
Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place in kitchen cabinets, entryways, and suspected entry points
Plant mint around the foundation of your home
Store your food and pet food in sealed glass or plastic containers
Place steel wool into cracks and crevices, such as those around the pipes that enter your foundation, or where cable, internet, or electrical wires come into the home
Professional pest control technicians will not only trap and eliminate your existing mice infestation, but they'll help you prevent additional mice from getting into your home through exclusion. If you have mice, give us a call to learn more about our residential pest control plans.