What Are Mice?
The house mouse is light brown to gray and reaches 3 ½ inches in length; its tail is as long as its body. The house mouse has a pointed nose and large ears. Mice are a type of rodent and are characterized by having two incisors, which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously.
Why Do I Have Them?
Mice can enter a home or building through a crack as small as 1/4 inch. Although it is more common to find them nesting and living outdoors, it is common for them to seek harborage in buildings and homes if there is an adequate food and water as well as conditions that are ideal for nesting.
Are They Dangerous?
The damage done by mice is far out of proportion to their small size since they like to “nibble” on numerous items. When feeding, a single mouse can contaminate many packages of food by gnawing while depositing urine and fecal droppings on them. They can also cause major structural damage and gnaw on electrical wires. Mice, like other rodents, are known vectors of many serious health conditions including Salmonellosis and dysentery.
How Can I Prevent A Mouse Infestation?
Your first line of defense is the outside of your structure. Inspect the entire exterior of your structure and find any holes, gaps or cracks bigger than ¼”, for that is all mice need to invade your home! Look around the foundation, especially where it meets the siding; around basement windows; and around doors and door frames. Doors should fit tightly at the bottom. Look also where pipes, electrical and phone lines enter the building since mice can squeeze through these openings as well. Any gap or hole you find should be repaired with an appropriate material. Steel wool can be used to close small cracks and gaps; concrete or sheet metal might be needed to repair other gaps.
On the interior, good housekeeping is the best protection against Mice. Frequent cleaning not only removes some of the crumbs, spills, and other material mice use for food, it also enables you to see the signs of a mouse infestation (droppings, gnawing on food packages) before the problem gets out of hand. Read these fall and winter tips for preventing mice invasions.
Can I Get Rid of Mice Myself?
There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself mouse control measures available for consumers; however, while you’ll probably be successful in catching a few, home rodent control methods usually fail to completely eliminate mice on your property. That’s when you start dealing with that sickly pungent dead rodent smell emanating from your walls or ceiling. For safe and effective mouse control, contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is your best choice.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your mouse problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.