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Everything You Want To Know About House Mice In West Chester

House mice in West Chester

The most common home-invading mouse in West Chester is the field mouse. There are several species of field mice. The species that is the most troublesome is mus musculus, also known as the house mouse. A house mouse is about 2 ½ to 3 ¾ inches long with a tail that is slightly longer than its body. It has a dusty gray coat with a cream-colored underside. When one of these mice gets into your home, it is likely to nest inside and stay permanently. Here are a few more things you should know.

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Why House Mice Get Inside

A mouse doesn't know that you have food in your home. Therefore, it is safe to say that a mouse won't get into your home because you have food. So, why does a mouse get in? There are a few factors to consider:

  • If conditions outside are not ideal, it can drive a mouse into your home. Some examples of less than ideal conditions are cold weather, flooding, and drought.

  • If a mouse sees a small gap, crack, or hole, it is likely to explore it. Mice are attracted to tight spaces.

  • If you have a lot of mouse activity around your home, you have an increased chance of having trouble with mice getting in because they gnaw on many materials. When a mouse creates a hole, it is prone to explore it.

  • If you give a mouse a path to get to your roof, it is likely to take it. This is because mice climb trees. Once on your roof, there are many ways a mouse can chew its way into your attic spaces.

  • If you have objects near your home, you're likely to have more trouble with mice. Mice hide in and under many objects. Their preferred hiding place is stacked wood. Objects also provide cover for mice as they chew on building materials, increasing the likelihood of an entry hole being created.

Mouse Problems

Is it a big deal when a little mouse gets into your home? Yes. It can be a very big deal. All it takes is one little mouse to chew on a live wire and burn your home to the ground. Experts estimate that 20 to 25 percent of property fires that are started by an unknown cause are rodent-related. Mice are also known to chew on gas lines. If this isn't enough reason to keep mice out of your West Chester home, here are a few more.

  • Mice climb in trash, explore sewers, and feed on dead animals. In these, and similarly dirty places, they pick up harmful bacteria and parasitic worms. When they get into your home, they can contaminate food, surfaces, dishes and other sensitive areas with the microorganisms in their fur.

  • Mice pick up fleas, ticks, and ectoparasites. When they get into your home, they can spread them to every level. These ectoparasites have the ability to spread their own list of diseases, such as Lyme diseases, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, murine typhus, and the plague.

  • Mice leave feces and urine as they explore. This can be a source of illness, especially when material is left in air ducts.

  • Mice chew holes to get into your home, holes to get into your food, holes to gain access to rooms or cabinets. All of those holes provide access for other pests.

  • Mice chew holes in clothing, stored furniture, and other items that are kept in storage. They also stain these items with feces and urine.

Never Just One Little Mouse

When a mouse gets into your home, it won't stay one mouse for long. Mice breed quickly. Rabbits have nothing on mice. Before you know it, you'll have a lot of mice. With each new mouse, you'll have more mouse problems.

What To Do About Mice

House mice are difficult to control. When you detect mouse activity in your West Chester home, contact Moyer Pest Control. We offer industry-leading rodent control in the West Chester area. We'll give you the comprehensive mouse control you need to protect your property and your health. Reach out to us today to request service.

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