Dealing with mice in your home is no minor matter. They can carry diseases, ruin food and damage your home. Plus, they are quite difficult to remove once they are in your home. While Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can help you with an infestation, the best course of action is always mice prevention. Fortunately, there are some good home maintenance practices that can help you significantly prevent mice from being attracted to your home.
How Mice Get Into Homes
Mice can get into your home in a number of ways. They have very flexible skeletons that allow them to fit into almost any space that their small heads can squeeze through. In other words, you may not even notice the gap that they are getting through without a close inspection. Some examples to keep an eye out for include drainage pipes, gaps around windows and roofs, small cracks in walls and gaps near utility lines.
At Skedaddle, we have observed some very surprising entryways. For example, during one job, our technician found that mice were getting through small cracks in a concrete windowsill. These would normally be overlooked as mere cosmetic defects. On another job, a technician found that mice were squeezing between two bricks below a door. It is incredible what mice can get into.
Once mice have found a way in, they will quickly look for somewhere warm, safe and near food. If they can find that (which is fairly easy in many homes), they will set up shop. The best thing you can do is avoid attracting mice and take a proactive approach to home maintenance to minimize the number of cracks and holes.
How Home Maintenance Can Help
It can be nearly impossible to completely eliminate every possible method of entry for mice. However, that doesn’t mean that home maintenance is not worthwhile. On the contrary, some proactivity can significantly reduce the number of options for mice, helping to make your home significantly less attractive.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent mice infestations is to properly store all your food in storage containers with tight lids and to regularly clean the floor of crumbs and food particles. The less food that mice can find readily available, the less likely they will choose your home as a place to settle into.
The best way to approach this issue is to start with a thorough inspection. You can do this yourself; however, it is often worthwhile to have a wildlife removal professional look over your house. He or she has the trained eyes to spot mouse entry points, and will likely be able to find more cracks and gaps in your home that you didn’t know were there. Wildlife removal professionals are equipped with the proper tools that can seal and protect all the holes and gaps in your home.
What To Do When That Isn’t Enough
Sometimes, no amount of mice prevention is enough to keep your home safe. In those cases, it is important to call for wildlife removal services right away. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we offer a unique approach to dealing with mice and other unwanted critters, that keeps both wildlife and your family safe.
We start by identifying the attractants and entryways that are causing the infestation. Once all entry points have been identified the wildlife can be removed from the home. For mice, we use special, one-way doors that allow them to leave but not return. Finally, we clean up the impacted areas to ensure safety from disease and install preventive measures that no mouse can chew or squeeze through. This approach achieves superior and longer-lasting results compared to traditional traps and poisons. Better yet, it lets the mice keep on living in a more appropriate habitat.
Schedule Wildlife Removal Services Today
Are you ready to deal with the wildlife problem in your home? Whether you want help keeping mice out or need to deal with a current infestation, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial appointment and consultation.