How Rodent Exclusion Works
September 15, 2017
Have you ever had a friend or relative come to stay with you for a few days, only to find out that they had no plan of leaving? Ever! If you have, then you probably found yourself thinking, "WHY did I let that person come into my home in the first place?" Well, the same can be true for mice. Keeping them out can be a lot easier than getting them out once they have moved in. And, what's worse is, with mice, they don't just stay a single mouse. They multiply. One female mouse in your home can multiply into many female (and male) mice in your home in a very short period of time.
If you have mice living inside your wall voids, attic spaces, crawl spaces, or other areas, here are some of the problems you may encounter:
- Mice chew, a lot. Being rodents, these creatures have a set of incisors that never stop growing, so they need to chew to wear these teeth down. They will chew on everything from wood and plastic, insulation and stored items in your attic, to electrical wires. And this has been known to create sparks, which could cause a fire.
- Mice spread harmful bacteria. When mice move in, they don't usually stay inside all the time. They will roam around outside in filthy places such as dumpsters, trash cans, and sewers, then they will come back in and walk around on your countertops and inside your drawers. When they do this they can spread germs as well as urine and feces everywhere they roam.
- Mice also carry parasites. Some parasites they are known to carry are mites, lice, fleas, and ticks. These all come with their own set of health threats.
So, how can you keep these dangerous pests from invading your home? The following are a few prevention tips that may keep them out--if they haven't already found a way in.
- Keep your yard neatly trimmed and free of unnecessary clutter. Mice love having places to hide.
- Remove any trash from your property, or keep it in tightly sealed containers. This is a food source for mice and other pests and will draw them in close to your home.
- Keep bushes and other vegetation trimmed back away from your home so mice can't hide up against your foundation.
- Remove water sources, such as with a leaky spigot, so that mice and other pests won't find a drink of water near your home.
- Keep your home clear of food and water sources, in case a mouse does make it inside.
If you are seeing, or hearing, the signs of a mouse infestation, give us a call. It is easier to keep mice out than it is to get them out once they have decided to move in. Reach out to us today, we will be glad to help you get rid of your unwanted visitors.