Have you ever wondered about mice? Most homeowners have. These pest rodents are extremely invasive and are known for causing serious problems both inside and around homes. To help you better understand mice, here are some frequently asked questions people around Merrimac have.
Are Mice Dangerous?
At first glance, mice do not seem like harmful pests. Besides, how dangerous could rodents that people keep as pets really be? Unfortunately, mice are incredibly dangerous. When left to their own devices, these rodents consume bacteria-ridden foods and spend time in dirty environments. This causes them to pick up disease-causing organisms. When inside homes, mice spread sickness vectors through their fecal matter and urine. You might find these things in the backs of your pantries, cabinets, and in other areas where mice spend time indoors.
Can Mice Climb Walls?
Mice cannot climb a smooth vertical wall. They can, however, use footholds to scale siding, furniture, and other items. If your home’s exterior is rough enough, mice might be able to get indoors by climbing up to open windows or unprotected ventilation shafts. Mice may also use branches that are touching your home’s exterior to transition onto second- or even third-story windows or onto your roof.
What Attracts Mice To Homes?
Mice enjoy living in areas that provide them with their most basic needs: food, water, and shelter. Most homes provide these three things in many ways. Food is obtained on countertops and inside pantries, water is gathered from sinks, drains, and bathtubs, and shelter is found in secluded areas like wall voids, storage rooms, and attic/basement spaces. Beyond these things, the only other thing that attracts mice to homes is ways to get inside.
How Many Mice Make An Infestation?
If a single mouse breaks into your home and is not pregnant, then your problem may only last for a few months. If that single mouse is smart and plays its cards right, however, you may have to deal with them for a few years. If a female and a male mouse invade your home, you could be dealing with several dozen mice within a matter of months.
What Are Some Ways You Can Keep Mice Out Of Your Home?
Mice are extremely invasive creatures that often use their sharp teeth to make getting into homes easier. For this reason, prevention can sometimes be difficult. Keeping this in mind, here are some strategies to make your home less accessible and attractive to these pests.
- Use some steel wool and liquid cement to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Repair damage to your home’s door and window screens.
- Trim back bushes and tree branches at least a few feet away from your home’s exterior.
- Clean your indoor and outdoor living areas.
- Reduce clutter and eliminate debris in and around your home.
- Address moisture problems like leaky pipes and broken gutters.
- Store food inside airtight containers.
- Make sure your trash cans are properly sealed.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice?
If your home is under attack by harmful and destructive mice, your best option to get them out is to hire the experts at Freedom Pest Control. We will assess your situation, implement control measures, and remove any current invaders from your property. To ensure our clients are well taken care of, we only use advanced pest control measures and industrial-grade products. We also work hard to provide the absolute top-tier customer service.
Call our team now to get a quote for your Merrimac home or to have any more of your mouse-related questions answered.