They may be small but their damage and destruction can be mighty. We are talking about mice and their impact on homes in Pittsburgh. Now that the fall season is here, the temperatures are on the decline, which means that mice as well as many other fall pests will be looking for a warm place to spend the winter months.
The typical house mouse is generally very small, only about two inches, which means they can easily squeeze through holes and cracks to get inside the home. And once inside, mice breed rapidly turning what was a small problem into a full fledge infestation. Mice infestations pose many serious risks including:
Contamination of food and surfaces
Spread of harmful pathogens through urine and droppings
Gnawing on structures and belongings
Fire hazard from gnawing on electrical equipment
Clearly mice are not good house guests. It is good to know the signs of an infestation so that you can quickly have your pest control professional get rid of mice if they are present. Here are some of the tell tale signs that you may have a mouse infestation:
You see droppings around the home including inside of cupboards
Gnaw marks are visible on food containers as well as structures around the home
You hear the pitter patter of mice feet running through the home at night
The best way to protect your home from mice and the damages they cause is to keep these little critters from getting inside in the first place. Try these pest-proofing tips from the Pittsburgh pest control pros at Witt to prevent mice and other rodents from entering:
Seal off all openings including cracks, crevices and holes that lead to the inside of the home.
Take the trash out regularly so you are less likely to attract mice.
Keep your kitchen free of all crumbs, spills, and other food debris that will keep mice thriving.
Organize the garage, attic and other storage areas to cut down on the amount of hiding spots for mice.
Trim tree branches away from your roof and home.
And to really be sure that you do not fall victim to the dangers of a mouse infestation this year, be sure to contact Witt Pest Management to learn about our Pittsburgh pest control for mice, rats and other rodents.