For such small creatures, mice can really throw a scare into an unsuspecting homeowner. Whether you see one scamper by the living room floor out of the corner of your eye or come face-to-face with a twitchy nose when you open a kitchen cabinet, mice cause more than their fair share of fright, anger, and worry.
With good reason. These rodents can cause a lot of damage, carry disease, and wreak havoc in the food pantry. And they usually don’t wait for an invitation, taking advantage of exterior entry points of the house and making themselves at home. Once you have a mouse infestation, it can take some time to remove them all from the premises.
Knowing you have a mouse problem can be cause for many sleepless nights. Was that noise from the kitchen, that scratching sound in the wall, or anything else that goes bump in the night a mouse? It can be exhausting. But how did they make it inside in the first place? And why is your house so inviting?
What Attracts Mice in the First Place?
Just like most warm-blooded animals, when the weather starts to turn cold, we look for shelter. For mice, all they need to do is be able to get their head in a hole and they can enter any structure. This could be some loose siding, poorly sealed entry points for utilities, torn vent screens, or even openings between the foundation and the house.
However, mice and rats don’t always wait until the winter to find a comfortable place to set up shop. Once they’ve made their way inside, it won’t take long for them to discover the literal buffet of food sources. This could be leftover food thrown in the trash, uncovered pet food, or bags of chips, rice, or anything else that can be easily chewed through.
There are very few things as unsettling as pulling out a bag of trail mix from the cupboard and seeing the telltale signs of mice. Holes chewed in the bag, mouse droppings everywhere, and shredded paper towels soaked in urine. Disgusting.
So what do I do?
For many homeowners, the first step in rodent control is setting out a mousetrap or two. There are several different kinds on the market, from the old standby wooden trap and a spring-loaded bar to battery-operated traps that blink when a mouse is caught. If you’re lucky, you catch a mouse or two and that’s it.
If it’s a true infestation, traps may not be enough. To truly get rid of mice, it will take more than removing a few foot soldiers from the home. Obviously, they’re getting in from somewhere, and if those areas aren’t mitigated, the invasions will continue. It’s time to call in professional mouse control experts that know what to look for.
A pest control expert will take the time to investigate both the exterior and interior of your home to see where the beady-eyed beasts entered the home and why they stuck around. Are bags of dog food laying on the ground or in a covered bin? Are vegetables or fruit thrown away or put in the composter? Are there a few weeks worth of crumbs collecting under the kitchen table or is it regularly swept?
These are steps a homeowner can take to make their home less desirable for rodents. When you work with The Bug Man, we’ll make these recommendations as well as point out problem areas on the exterior of the home. Once we’ve eliminated the pests from your home, these steps will help keep the unwanted visitors from returning.