Everyone has a different tolerance for pests. For some, a few ants and the occasional moth isn’t a big deal. For others, even a single fly is a cause for concern. Regardless of your preferences, there is one pest that you should never give an exception to: mice. These annoying, dangerous, and destructive pests are some of the worst creatures you could ever have in your home. To help you fight back against these furry home invaders around your Bradenton home, here is everything you need to know about mouse control.
The Common House Mouse
There are many species of mice around the world, but none as common as the house mouse. These invasive pests are known worldwide for the problems they cause and their adept ability to squeeze their way into homes. Identify a house mouse by its dusty gray color, cream-colored belly, round shape, large ears, beady black or red eyes, and pointed snout.
Inside homes, house mice will congregate inside walls, ceiling voids, and other isolated areas where homeowners cannot reach. Using paper, fabrics, and insulation throughout homes, these furry pests create nests. Due to their rapid breeding, house mice infestations often grow fast, turning from just a few rodents to over a hundred in a short time.
The Dangers Of House Mice
It's not hard to look at a house mouse and think, “This thing is so cute, how could it ever be a problem?” The truth is, mice aren’t always a problem, that is, when they are kept in clean cages and fed healthy food that isn’t riddled with bacteria. It is only when mice are allowed to freely roam in and around homes that they become a serious issue.
Mice have strong and sharp front incisor teeth. When inside homes, they use these teeth to chew holes through walls, gnaw on furniture, and generally cause damage. Although rare, mice will occasionally chew through electrical wires. This can lead to dead outlets, lights, and in certain cases, electrical fires.
To top it all off, mice also spread a range of different diseases, including salmonellosis, hantavirus, and plague. These sometimes life-changing illnesses are spread through mice’s fecal matter, urine, and off of their bodies.
Prevention Tips For Mice
Mice only need a hole the size of a nickel to squeeze their way into your home. To keep these pests outside where they belong, here are some simple prevention tips our experts recommend you put in place:
- Fill in gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior with some steel wool and caulk from a caulking gun.
- Trim back bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your home’s exterior.
- Address moisture issues in and around your home by fixing leaks, repairing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier.
- Keep your yard clean of clutter and debris.
- Clean your home regularly and thoroughly.
- Store leftovers and repackage foods stored in cardboard boxes or plastic bags inside airtight, rodent-proof containers.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
For more help preventing mice, or to have a current infestation removed from your Bradenton home, trust the professionals at Rodent Solutions. Our main focus in pest control is providing advanced solutions for rodent problems facing homeowners in our area. From quality inspections to industry-leading equipment, our team offers everything needed to ensure your home gets and stays rodent-free.
Reach out to us today for any questions or to schedule a visit for your Bradenton home and property. One of our friendly service representatives would be happy to assist you.