Do I Have A House Mouse In My Souderton Home?
November 23, 2015
The house mouse, or mus musculus, is one of the most widely distributed and successful mammals in the world. This creature's tail is the same length as its body but is thicker and scalier than that of other mice. The house mouse has dull grayish brown fur and has a distinctive strong, stale odor. Its tiny voice is a familiar high-pitched squeak and it can be identified by means of its droppings. House mice that live with humans tend to be larger and darker than other "wild" forms.
These cute little critters are called "house mouse" for a reason. They prefer to live in houses, and they prefer to live in houses even more when the weather turns cold, like right now. However, they can often go unnoticed because sometimes house mice will make their home inside your home, but forage outside for food. That means you could have lots of house mice living in your attic or wall voids and never even know it. But, when the weather turns cold enough, a house mouse is likely to turn its wee little nose up at the cold and go searching for food where it's warmer - namely, your kitchen or pantry, or maybe your pet's food dish.
What you don't know won't kill you. Or will it?
Even if you don't know about a mouse infestation, it can still pose a threat to your health. When those mice start foraging inside for food, they can track all sorts of bacteria onto your countertops and cabinets and anywhere else their dirty little feet carry them. In fact, mice and rats are known to spread more than 35 diseases, and these diseases can be spread to humans directly through handling of live or dead rodents; through contact with their feces, urine, or saliva; or through rodent bites. Rodent-carried diseases can also be spread indirectly through ticks, fleas, or mites.
Mice also cause people to lose money by eating their food, or causing damage to buildings by burrowing and gnawing. Rodents can chew through many kinds of materials, including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding, and even some concrete!
Some good things you can do to get rid of mice, or keep them out:
- Keep your house clean and make sure all food is sealed in the fridge or tightly sealed containers.
- Make sure all trash, inside and out, is in cans with tight lids.
- Inspect the inside and outside of your home for entry points. Look at your basement walls, foundation, walls, roof line etc and seal up any gaps and cracks using a caulking gun.
- Fix or replace any broken windows or screens.
- Check roofs and make sure there are no gaps there.
- Use hardware cloth to seal attic vents.
- Install ¼-ince wire mesh over vents.
The best thing you can do to get rid of mice and keep them out:
If you are serious about ridding your home of mice, or any other pest for that matter, give the experts at Moyer Indoor/Outdoor a call. We guarantee to take care of your mouse problem completely, or we will return at no additional charge to you. Your Souderton home will be safe place to be without the humble house mouse.