As a homeowner, there are many things you need to learn about to properly maintain your property, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, the list is seemingly endless. You need to learn about these things to take care of your home and help save money in repair bills. Pest control is also a must. It’s important that you learn about issues like mice removal as someday you may end up with unwanted creatures in your home. It is not uncommon for homeowners to face a mice infestation at least once in their lifetime and most homeowners have no idea how to handle the problem. Learn more about mice below and what you should do if you find they are living in your home.
Not as Cuddly as they Seem
Mice may seem like cute and cuddly creatures but they can actually cause major problems in the home. Mice can damage your home, carry disease and cause problems if they try to be your roommate. Mice can make you and your loved ones very sick as they carry diseases including the hantavirus, listeria, and salmonellosis. These diseases are spread via the saliva, nesting materials, droppings and urine that the mouse leaves behind in your home. If you have an infestation of mice in the home, you are more at risk of developing one of these diseases.
When you have seen one mouse in your home, there are most likely more in hiding. Mice have the ability to breed year-round and quickly, therefore you may end up with dozens of mice in your home over a span of just a few months. These mice quickly grow up and can cause major damage in the home. Mice like to chew electrical wiring which can be a fire hazard. They also chew through wood, drywall, piping, insulation, etc.
Gaining Entry Into your Home
Mice can easily find a way into your home through cracks and crevices. They can squeeze through areas the size of a dime. Holes and cracks in the foundation, as well as outer walls of the home, are excellent entry points for the creatures. Window frames, below door jams, and roof vents can provide more entry points.
Mice often gain access to the home to find a constant food source. Homeowners should always clean up food items, never leaving food out overnight. However, despite cleaning up, mice can still find food by chewing through cracker or cereal boxes. It is important to learn the signs that you have mice.
Signs of Mice in the Home
There are simple signs that indicate mice are in your home. To begin, mice will leave behind tiny droppings that look like black pellets. They will also chew through food packaging or areas of your property. If you see footprints in dust or see the actual mouse running through your home, then you know you have a problem.
Once mice have been discovered, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for quick removal. Our technicians have vast experience removing mice from the home and providing preventative maintenance to avoid the issue in the future.