Mice are small and cute, but, who wants these pests living with them? Most of us do not like seeing mice in the pet store, let alone seeing them scurry across the kitchen floor at night as you are grabbing a late night snack. Here are some more reasons you do not want to share an environment with these dirty, dangerous pests.
Why You Don’t Want Mice in Your Home
Mice are a threat to your physical structure and your family’s health. Mice chew and gnaw to gain access to small places and to build nests in hidden areas. When mice chew, they don’t discriminate. Mice will chew on paper, fabric, drywall, and wires. When that happens, it can quickly become a fire hazard. Unfortunately, one spark could cause your home to go up in flames, along with equity built, family memories and other valuables.
Mice are also a health hazard. Mice carry diseases, and you don’t have to be in direct contact or be bitten by a mouse to be in danger. Mice feces and urine carry disease. Sweeping feces up on your floor can actually release a plume of dangerous diseases into the air.
Why do Mice Enter Homes in the Fall
Mice enter your home in the fall because it is the best place to raise a family and survive in the winter. When the temperatures begin to drop, mice head indoors to seek shelter. Your home provides the necessary food, shelter, and water that mice need to survive. They can also live in peace because no one will bother them. Mice are most active at night, so they can damage your home and leave feces on the floor or in your cupboards without you ever knowing about it.
How to Prevent Mice in Your Home
To prevent mice from invading your home in the fall, you need to get rid of food, shelter, water, and seal off access to your home.
Seal all cracks and crevices around your home and in the foundation
Install door sweeps
Put weather stripping on the bottom of your garage door
Seal holes and cracks around windows and doors
Clean up crumbs and food messes immediately
Store food in airtight containers
Store bird and pet food in airtight containers
Don’t ignore the signs
To prevent and get rid of mice for good, call the rodent control experts at Adam’s Pest Control. One of our technicians will inspect your home and deploy a solution to get rid of mice. To further protect your home, consider a year-round pest control plan, these plans will protect your home and family from mice, as well as other common household pests.