No one wants to have pests infiltrate their home, and some pests are more frustrating to deal with than others. While many kinds of bugs can be a problem, some of the most troubling pests to find in your home or business are rodents. They are fast, good at hiding, and hard to remove.
One common rodent pest that people in the Shelby area often encounter is mice. While mice might be small and sometimes cute, they aren’t something that you want in your home. A pet mouse might be welcome, but wild mice can carry diseases and be problematic in many other ways. The common house mouse is the most often encountered rodent in pest control situations. These mice can adapt easily to different conditions, and they reproduce quickly.
Here are the identifying characteristics of a house mouse:
- Dusty gray color with a light tan belly
- A small, round body
- A pointed muzzle
- Large ears
Around 2.5 to 3.5 inches long
Why Do Mice Come Indoors?
Mice can make their way inside a property for many reasons as there are many things that could attract them. In the wintertime, they can come indoors looking for a warm place to live. They can make their way inside by fitting into small spaces that exist in the foundation, gaps under doors, and holes in roofs or vents. It’s easy for them to slip inside as they can fit into a hole the size of a dime.
Mice are often attracted to a property because of:
- Pet food
- Containers of garbage
- Bird feeders
- Wood piles
Are Mice Dangerous?
While some pests are just a problem because they are a nuisance, others pose health risks. Mice are the kind of pests that can be dangerous to have in your home because they can transmit diseases. They are known to carry diseases such as dysentery, salmonellosis, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis, among others. Plus, their waste and fur can cause allergic reactions and asthmas attacks.
On top of all of the health risks, rodents such as mice can also do a good amount of structural damage to your property as they will chew on things such as wires, lumber, drywall, flooring, and more.
Rodent Prevention Tips
You’re likely wondering what is the best way to keep mice and rodents out of your home, as prevention is essential with pests.
The following are some basic preventive tips to follow:
- Rodents tend to live in places like foundations, decks, and woodpiles outdoors, so check these areas near your home.
- Check your foundation for gaps and cracks and seal them up.
- Check indoor areas such as warm, secluded parts of your home or next to food sources such as basements, storage boxes, and behind appliances. Putting out traps can alert you to the presence of rodents in these areas.
- Put weather stripping around doors and windows.
- Make sure trash cans have tight lids
- Trim plants that are next to your home so your perimeter is clear. This gives rodents and other pests fewer places to hide near your home.
- Remove fallen fruits and vegetables from gardens.
- Don't leave pet food or water bowls outside.
How To Get Rid of Mice
If you have noticed an infestation of mice in your home or on your property, the best way to get rid of them is to seek professional pest control help. The expert pest control technicians at ProForce Pest Control are experienced in effectively getting rid of mice and other rodents in North Carolina homes. Reach out to us today with questions, or to schedule rodent-removal services for your home.