Mice and other rodents are not creatures most people view as pleasant to have to deal with once they infiltrate our homes or businesses. Unfortunately, rodent infestations are a common problem for many of us. Luckily, you can get the professionals here at Hello Pest Control to remove mice and rats from your property.
It's important know the difference between the types of rodent infestations. This knowledge can help you deal with an infestation quickly and effectively instead of wasting time and money. Consider the below guidelines and tips to prevent and eliminate a rodent infestation in your home or business today.
What are mice?
There are more than 1,000 different types of rodents in the world. One thing they all have in common is that you don't want any of them to live inside your home. Rodents are omnivores, feeding on trash, pet food, and whatever they can find. One of the most common rodent species to invade our homes and businesses are mice.
Mice are small rodents with an oval-shaped body and pointed nose. Their ears and tails have a layer of light fur. All rodents, no matter their species, have one physical feature in common, front incisors that grow continuously throughout their life. In order to prevent their teeth from overgrowing, these pests constantly have to chew — a habit that is very damaging to the items and structures in our homes and businesses.
Are mice dangerous?
Mice are dangerous and destructive pests. Rodents spread salmonella, E. coli, and many other disease-causing pathogens. Indoors, they cause damage by chewing through wires, pipes, drywall, and other structural elements. They will also damage personal property by chewing on clothing, upholstered furniture, rugs, and more. If mice have taken up residence inside your home or business, you must get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Why do I have a mouse problem?
Mice come inside seeking easy access to shelter, food, and water, and will stay anywhere that provides these optimal conditions. Mice do not hibernate and remain active throughout the year.
During the winter, particularly in the fall months right before winter arrives, mice will enter your building in search of warm, dry shelter, and available sources of food. Mice are a problem for people living anywhere, from the suburbs to the city to rural areas.
Where will I find mice?
The most common species of mouse in our area is the house mouse. Though their name may suggest otherwise, house mice do live outside. They frequently nest under woodpiles, in areas of dense vegetation, or tall grass. Tree hollows and tree stumps are other common nesting spots.
As their name suggests, these rodents also nest inside of our homes and businesses. They place their nests in quiet areas like behind wall voids, in attics, in chimneys, in the backs of cabinets, and behind large appliances. Often, you'll be more likely to hear house mice than to see them. They are nocturnal and mostly active at night, running above our ceilings and walls foraging for food.
How do I get rid of mice?
You might find yourself tempted to try DIY methods like snap traps or other quick fixes to get rid of a mouse infestation in your home. While these methods work just fine if you only have a couple of pests, they just aren't feasible for a larger infestation. The best way to eliminate mice from any home or business is by contacting a professional.
How can I prevent mice in the future?
Mice are common invaders of both our indoor and outdoor spaces. Taking the steps necessary to keep these dangerous pests out of our homes is essential. Our top mice prevention tips are listed below:
- The easiest way to keep mice out of your house is to make sure you maintain sanitary conditions. Keep your home neat and tidy and free of crumbs and other food debris.
- Outside of your home, remove food temptations by placing locking lids on trash cans, compost bins, and recycling bins.
- Make sure any sources of water, such as leaky pipes or drains, are also repaired. If they find free access to water, they won't have a reason to leave.
- Get rid of areas of shelter on your property. Cut back overgrown shrubs, remove piles of debris, and clean up leaf piles. Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your yard.
- Make sure to seal up all cracks or gaps in building foundations, around water pipes, utilities, vents, and in your siding.
Call Hello Pest Control Today For Mouse Removal
Hello Pest Control will work with you to eliminate your mouse problem. We will help to identify the most budget and environmentally friendly way to get rid of these pests from your home. If you are looking for a solution to your home's or business's mouse problem, give Hello Pest Control a call today!
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