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The Importance Of Mouse Proofing Your Home

November 3, 2014

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In the fall, most homeowners have a long list of things to do in order to get their home and property ready for the upcoming winter. One task that should definitely not be left off of the list is making sure to mouse proof your home. Fall is the time of year when mice start to search for places to hide and nest in over the winter. If you are not proactive in mouse proofing your home, you may find yourself living with uninvited houseguests this winter.

Mice in your home are very dangerous to you and the structure of your home. Mice carry a variety of diseases that can make you and your family very ill including Salmonellosis, Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, and lymphocytic diseases. Many of the diseases are spread as they travel through your home, contaminating your food and food prep areas with their urine and feces. They will also damage the structure of your home by chewing through wires, pipes, insulation and drywall; ruining appliances and damaging items like furniture, clothing, carpets, books, and cardboard boxes.

There are many signs that mice leave behind to tip you off that they have made their way inside of your house. Some of the more not so pleasant signs are seeing mouse droppings in your home, behind appliances, and in cabinets and drawers; and smelling an ammonia-like smell in small, closed- in places like cabinets and closets. You will hear scratching-like sounds during the night as they travel above you in the attic or behind your walls. You may also see them scamper across your floor in the night as you watch TV, or notice teeth marks on items that they have chewed.

Things that you can add to your fall to-do list to help prevent mice from entering into your home include:

  • Trimming back trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home. Mice will use branches to gain easy access to your home.

  • Replace any broken or missing roof shingles, and repair any holes along the roof line.

  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting lids and that they are stored away from the exterior of your home.

  • Inspect your home’s foundation and seal any cracks or crevices. It is important to know that mice can squeeze through a dime sized hole.

  • Caulk gaps that are found around exterior windows and doors, and make sure exterior doors have door sweeps on them.

  • Make sure that screens are fully intact and replace any that are not.

  • Acquire year-round pest control services and protect your home from mice and other common household pests. Make sure to ask about specialized rodent control services!

By taking the proper steps and precautions, you can help to make sure that mice will walk by your home and choose an easier target. Contact the professionals at Moyer today to see how we can help make sure that your house will be mouse free this winter and for the rest of the year as well!

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