How Are These Mice Getting Into My Home?
November 9, 2017
Mice can be very smart, as they will instinctively start making their way inside homes each fall so that they can comfortably overwinter there. They know that inside your home they will find the warmth they need as well as access to food and water. Your home is the perfect place for them as it provides shelter from the impending weather and a great place to reproduce and raise their young.
These mice will gain entry into your home through a home’s foundation and exterior walls that have gaps, cracks, and crevices. Don’t be fooled by the size of a mouse, because they can get into spaces that appear much smaller than their own bodies. Some mice have been known to enter a home through a hole as small as a dime. They can get through broken windows, screens, and vents, as well as damaged window and door frames. If these pests are desperate, they will even chew and scratch their way into your home. And, speaking of their chewing, they will chew and gnaw on everything to keep their teeth to a manageable size, as their teeth continually grow. All that chewing and gnawing can ruin floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, insulation, roofs, eaves, books, wires, and pipes, just to name a few. If a mouse is to gnaw on any wires and pipes, it can lead to fire or water damages that can be very costly to repair. Once the mice are inside your home, they will leave urine and feces behind that will cause a terrible odor, or contaminate foods in your kitchen and pantry, leading to health risks to you and your family. They carry disease and parasites that can be devastating to a person’s health.
In order to prevent mice from entering your home, you will need to seal off all entry points, with a good sealant that they cannot chew through. Don’t forget those gaps around wires and pipes that enter your home. Fix or replace all damaged soffits, vents, screens, and window and door frames. Keep your home and yard clean of debris that may attract mice, enticing them to find a way inside. Mice are extremely good at reproducing, and an infestation can grow rapidly. If you don’t want to share your home with these dangerous and damaging pests, you will need the help of a professional pest control service. Moyer Pest Control is here to help homeowners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Give us a call for more information about our residential pest control services.