12 Jul KEEPING MICE OUT OF YOUR HOME
Mice are smaller than rats, measuring between 2-4 inches long with a tail similar in length and are nocturnal mammals. Mice have rounded ears and a short fur coat that may appear brown, gray, or black. These pests can invade your home through very small openings and pose significant health risks for you and your family.
Mice move indoors in search of shelter and for food and water supply. When indoors, mice tend to gather supplies for building a nest and the females give birth to babies. They generally nest in attics, basements, within walls, and crawl spaces. Mice can often be heard scurrying at night or within the walls.
Due to mice traveling indoors from outside, they have the potential of having exposure to fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Mice are known to be linked to diseases including but not limited to – Hantavirus, Pulmonary Syndrome, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis. As mice travel throughout your home, they leave a trail of body fluids that not only smells horrible but it can cause health issues for those with allergies.
Homeowners are encouraged to monitor the exterior of their home to identify cracks that may have developed in the foundation — they may allow for access to mice. It is important to fill any cracks with a weather-resistant caulk or sealant. Another step homeowners need to take is to inspect the seals of doors and windows and be sure to repair screens as needed.
If a home has an exterior vent or chimney, it is important to protect it by screening. If a home has any gaps near eaves, filling them with wire mesh helps to keep rodents out. Lastly, it is important that homeowners keep tree branches trimmed to not allow easy access to the roof.
OTHER WAYS TO DISCOURAGE MICE
The best way to deal with a mouse problem is to prevent the infestation before it occurs.
Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions offers some other best practices for discourage mice:
- Trash cans should have a functional lid
- Dirty dishes should not be left out or in sinks, and it is important that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned
- Dry goods should be secured in a sturdy container made of plastic, glass, etc.
- Do not leave pet food or water dishes overnight
- Sweep the floors below appliances regularly
- Reduce the clutter in basements and attics, and other parts of a house
WHEN TO CALL PEST CONTROL
If you think you have an infestation, it is important to call traditional pest control. An exterminator can help you identify how the mice are entering your home, and can tackle serious infestations more effectively than DIY methods. They can also use extermination methods that are safe for children and pets.
Some homeowners try to eliminate rodents themselves. They may try many remedies including — glue boards, bait stations, ultrasonic noise devices, and others. Typically these DIY methods are not successful. A professional exterminator can thoroughly rid your home of pests and significantly reduce the potential for future intrusions.
Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is your trusted pest control expert. Whether your home is in Fayetteville or Hope Mills, you can count on Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions to rid your home of pesky rodents, cockroaches, spiders, and other nuances. Be sure to give us a call today at (910) 425-6415 to learn more about how we can eliminate your ant and other pests for good!