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Are You Inviting Mice Into Your Home?

September 18, 2017

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If you were in charge of having a party for a bunch of mice, how would you do it? Would you mail out a bunch of invitations that say, "Come to my party at such and such a time, in such and such a place...there will be cheese?" Would you send a group text to all the mice you know, and just invite them over? Or, are you the type of person who would create an "event" on Facebook, and invite all your mouse friends that way? We're guessing you would probably not do any of these things. That would be absurd. You know what else is absurd? Inviting mice into your home in any way, or for any reason. But, many people do, without realizing it.

Why It Isn't A Good Idea To Invite Mice Into Your Home

There are many dangers mice bring with them when they take up residence inside a home. Mice are great at spreading harmful bacteria that can cause sickness. When mice forage in filthy places, outside or inside, they can drag that filth all over the place, depositing it on food prep surfaces, inside drawers, etc. This can lead to sickness that many mistake for the flu or the common cold. Mice are also able to transmit various illnesses through their urine and feces. And, they often don't come in alone. If you have mice, it won't be long till you have a secondary pest problem like mites, lice, fleas, and ticks.

How Do People "Invite" Mice Into Their Homes?

While you probably aren't sending out invites, mice may feel like they are being invited to your home. The following are some of the ways we invite mice in.

  • Having an overgrown, cluttered yard. Mice like hiding places, and if your yard has overgrown areas or plenty of clutter where mice can hide, this will be very inviting to them.

  • Having overgrowth next to your home. If you have bushes or tree branches that touch up against your home, not only does this provide more hiding spots for mice, they can act as bridges so that mice can get to your outside walls or roof areas.

  • Having holes in your foundation or exterior walls. Mice only need a hole the size of a dime to squeeze into your home.

  • Having screens or door sweeps that are absent or in need of repair. Mice will take advantage of any way to squeeze in.

  • Having food and water sources around, and inside, your home. Mice need food and water to survive. If we are giving them what they need, they will be happy to take up residence.

In order to prevent mice from feeling invited, and from entering your home, it is important to undo the conditions listed above. But the most effective way to prevent mice or get rid of a current infestation is to employ the help of a professional pest control company.

Moyer Pest Control is EPA-Approved and has the most advanced techniques and products to arrest your pest problems. Reach out to us today and start living pest-free.

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