Your home is one of your most valuable assets. It’s not only the financial value of your home but the security and comfort of your home that make it precious. Whether you’re trying to sell your home or simply protect its value, a rodent infestation can be highly damaging to its appraisal. Here’s why you should contact professionals for mice removal in Durham when you see signs of mice in your home.
What Damage Mice Can Do to Your Home
Mice can quickly cause a lot of damage to your home because they reproduce quickly. There is never only one mouse. They chew on just about anything that can help them create a nest for their young, wood, paper, cloth, and insulation. Mice love to burrow into furniture or walls to create hidden nests to protect their young. They build nests just about anywhere in your home, under large appliances, in your attic, and in a closet. Mice chew through electrical wiring. They leave behind urine and fecal droppings, which contaminate the material. Not only do they spread disease and ruin food, but they also leave a scent trail for other mice, practically inviting more mice to live in your home. This damage can really add up in just a few months. Your homeowners’ insurance won’t cover mice or other rodent damage.
Signs of a Mice Problem
Mice are shy animals, so you may not actually see the mice, but you can see the signs:
- Mouse droppings – mouse poop looks like small, brown rice.
- Nests – mice nests can be found in the dark corners of your home.
- Odour – you may smell musty, stale urine, but you could also have a rank smell from a dead mouse. Mouse urine can be white when it dries.
- Scratching noises – you may hear mice scurrying in your walls or hear them chewing.
- Teeth marks – mice chew to keep their teeth from growing too large. They constantly chew, so you may notice food bags that are chewed up or electrical cords that have been gnawed on.
Your pets may try to scratch at the walls, trying to get to the mice. If you have cats, they may leave you a dead mouse as a present. Don’t celebrate, because there are probably more around.
Dealing With a Mouse Infestation
Your home is inviting to mice because of its warm and safe environment. Mice won’t move out on their own. They will stay in your home until you move them out. Professional mouse removal Durham is the first step. You have to eliminate the mice from your home. A professional exterminator can find the nests and remove the infestation quickly and safely.
Once your home is mouse-free, you have to prevent the mice from getting back in. First, you fix the damage the mice have done and make sure to clean up all the nests. Depending on the size of the infestation, this could be expensive to take care of all at once, but it needs to be done to keep your home mouse-free. It’s not something you can tackle in stages. You’ll need to seal up the holes where mice can get in.
You should also follow up consistently with your home, to ensure that it is rodent-free. Natural predators, such as cats or dogs, can be one retardant, but mice can still evade your pets. The best way to prevent an infestation of mice is to make your home less desirable to rodents. The professional technicians with Skedaddle can help you create a rodent-resistant home.
At the first sign of mice in your home, contact the professionals with Skedaddle about mouse removal. Protect the value of your home by not letting uninvited wildlife live with you.