Spotting house mice in your home can be a distressing experience for good reason. Not only are house mice one of the most common home-invading pests, but they are also carriers of disease and, due to their indiscriminate chewing, can damage wires and put homes at risk of fire.
Sometimes, homeowners may be hesitant to act on a mouse spotting, justifying it by saying, “It’s only one mouse.” Unfortunately, seeing one mouse is the biggest sign of a mouse infestation. To determine why you’re seeing mice in your Wake Forest Home and how they’re getting in, read on to learn what conditions may be creating an infestation.
How Big Are Mice?
It may be difficult to tell the difference between a house mouse and different types of mice or rodents, so learning the common characteristics of a house mouse is the first step to getting an infestation under control. Unlike rats which are typically larger and can grow over a foot long in length, mice are much smaller.
House mice have longer tails than other types of mice. Their tails make up about half of their body length and grow up to four inches long. Their bodies can range from about 2½ inches to 3¾ inches long and are rounded and dusty gray with cream-colored bellies. Their diminutive size and big round ears may seem cute and harmless, but house mice should not be welcome house guests.
Not only can house mice spread salmonella to your food through their feces, but they can also spread rat-bite fever through contact with a mouse corpse or by people consuming contaminated food. In addition, house mice can worsen allergies and bring disease-carrying fleas, mites, ticks, and lice into the home.
How Do Mice Get In The House?
It may seem like the mice are coming from nowhere, but mice get in the same way any other pest would and for the same reasons. For food, shelter, and water, mice will go to any lengths to get indoors, including chewing through any manner of materials.
Other than mice getting under siding or slipping through the smallest openings, they can chew through wood, cardboard, plastic, vinyl, rubber, and even some aluminum and fiberglass screens. Even without chewing, mice can fit through holes and cracks as small as a dime or as wide across as a pencil, so mice getting under siding is not an obstacle. Once they get in, infestations are difficult to treat. The most humane way to get rid of mice is to prevent them from coming in, to begin with.
How To Deter Mice
The best pest control for mice is prevention, so to keep them out of your home, try following these prevention methods:
- Seal cracks, holes, and crevices larger than the width of a pinky finger with silicone-based caulk or steel wool.
- De-clutter, and store boxes off the floor. If you must keep storage boxes, make them sealable plastic, not cardboard.
- Store food in metal or glass containers and clean any food spills in cabinets immediately.
- Clean and sanitize surfaces regularly, including vacuuming to clear the area of crumbs.
- Keep grass trimmed and bushes away from windows and doors.
- Store woodpiles and lawn decorations far from the entrance of your home.
- Don’t leave doors and windows open, and make sure screens are a fine mesh like galvanized hardware cloth.
- Make sure doors and windows completely seal.
Unfortunately, it’s common for those looking for a humane way to get rid of mice to inadvertently make their pest problem worse. DIY pest control methods are often ineffective or dangerous, sometimes putting family members at risk for disease.
Poisons aren’t immediate, so dead mice can accumulate in hard-to-reach places, drawing other dangerous pests to your home, and sticky traps draw more mice than they repel by making a nice dinner platter full of bugs for easy access. Aside from prevention, the best pest control for mice is through regular visits by a rodent control professional.
How To Get Rid Of Mice Quickly
Wake Forest residents looking for a mouse exterminator need not look farther. Southern Pest Solutions is Raleigh’s highest-rated rodent control expert. As the area’s resident experts, we practice thorough rodent control through risk-prevention inspection methods, sanitation guidelines, baiting and trapping to reduce the current population, rodent monitoring to keep your program as effective as possible, and rodent exclusion methods to keep out future infestations.
Don’t rely on do-it-yourself methods, instead rely on a mouse exterminator with over 13 years of experience. Southern Pest Solutions can keep your home rodent-free and get rid of mice quickly to restore your family’s peace of mind. To discuss your pest control options or get a free estimate, call Southern Pest Solutions today.