If you’re a homeowner in the Pittsburgh area, there are a few common household pests you are very likely to deal with. Pests such as ants and flies are nearly impossible to avoid as are ants and mosquitoes. Insects pose some risks, but rodents are a whole different story. At some point, you will likely hear mice scampering in your walls, wake up to find mouse droppings on your countertop, or discover chew marks on food left on the counter.
While mice are one of the most common household pests, they are also a pest that many homeowners don’t know what to do with. Because they are mammals, they are harder to remove than insects, and some people even find them rather adorable. However, while they might look harmless, mice and other rodents are dangerous because they can spread many diseases and, if left unchecked, they will cause significant property damage.
While rats can also cause similar issues, mice are a more common problem, and it’s very rare to deal with both species at the same time. However, they can look alike. Here in Pittsburgh, you're most likely to deal with the house mouse. This mouse is typically light brown or grey and grows to be about three inches long. House mice have ears that are large in proportion to their bodies whereas rats have smaller ears. They also have tails that are long and thin and grow to be about the same length as their body. Rats, on the other hand, have thicker tails that are slightly shorter.
Seven Tips To Keep Mice Out Of Your Pittsburgh Home
Because mice are known to carry many diseases, cause allergies and respiratory problems, and chew through electrical wires and plumbing, understanding how to prevent them is that much more important. The best way to go about preventing mice is to fix underlying concerns that attract mice to your property.
Here are seven ways to make your home less appealing to mice:
Mice will scavenge for any food scraps they can find and chew through packaging to access their next meal. Therefore, store food, including pet food, in plastic or glass airtight containers.
Keep your birdseed in a plastic container and store it in a space where mice can't access it.
De-clutter your home often, especially in areas like garages and crawlspaces.
Clean your floor, under appliances, and wipe down surfaces regularly to prevent mice from finding leftover crumbs.
Take out the trash often.
Clean up food and drink spills as soon as they occur.
Trim foliage, keep the grass cut short, and store firewood away from the foundation of your home to prevent hiding areas for mice.
More Mouse Prevention Tips
After you’ve taken all the steps you can to make your home less attractive to these rodents, the next thing you should do is seal up any entry points around your house. A mouse can slip through holes and crack the size of a dime, so it can be difficult to get rid of all access areas. However, by following these tips, you can make it harder for them to get inside.
Make sure screens in doors and windows aren’t broken or ripped.
Seal up any cracks or holes around walls.
Ensure that doors and windows fit properly in their frames.
Can You Get Rid Of Mice On Your Own?
When faced with a mouse infestation, you might try to get rid of the problem on your own. While it's fairly easy to get mouse traps at the store, these traps don’t solve the issue. They might remove a few mice, but they won’t eliminate the entire infestation. Plus, after a trap catches a mouse, other mice become wary of the same trap rendering it practically useless. Other methods of mouse and rodent removal include using bait that can be dangerous for children and pets, especially if used incorrectly.
The Best Way To Remove Mice Infestations
Instead of wasting time and money trying to get rid of mice or other rodents on your own, reach out to the pest control experts at Witt Pest Management. We have been in business in the Pittsburgh area for over 100 years, and we can prevent rodent problems as well as remove any current rodents in your home. To request your inspection and find out more about our services, reach out to our experts today!