The house mouse is cute and appears to be cuddly, but it can wreak havoc on your home. Where you see one little intruder, you are likely to have more. The complete guide to house mice will help you better understand the threat of house mice.
WHAT DO HOUSE MICE LOOK LIKE?
The house mouse has short, light-colored hair. The hair is usually a light brown color, but it can also be grey. House mice have light colored bellies, short ears, and big feet. Adult house mice can get up to only 20 cm from the tip to tail.
WHERE DO HOUSE MICE NEST?
House mice love to raise their families in your home. The name gives them away. The house mouse is also found in sheltered outdoor areas such as grassy fields, unkempt yards, wooded areas, and farms. These areas provide mice with shelter from predators and the elements, as well as access to a reliable food source.
Your home has all these things, too. House mice are curious by nature, so they will seek out your home to see what it offers. Your house has small hiding places, nesting materials, and an endless amount of food. House mice will nest inside walls, attics, and other small openings throughout your home.
WHAT DO HOUSE MICE EAT?
House mice eat whatever you are offering. House mice will eat crumbs on the floor, they will get into open containers and bags, they will munch on your pet’s food, and they will dig through your containers of bird food.
ARE HOUSE MICE DANGEROUS?
House mice don’t bite or sting, but they can make you and your family ill. House mice leave droppings throughout your home. When mouse feces is disturbed, it releases harmful irritants and contaminants into the air. Mouse feces has been linked to Hantavirus and respiratory concerns. House mice also spread listeria, salmonella, rat-bite fever, and the Bubonic Plague. If you or your loved one encounter urine from house mice, it can trigger a dangerous allergic reaction. Mites and fleas can also enter your home on the back of a mouse.
WHAT WILL HOUSE MICE DO TO MY HOME?
The question is: what won’t they do. House mice are superior jumpers, climbers, and swimmers. There is no end to the ways they can gain access to your home and find food once they enter. Mice can enter your home in openings as small as a dime, which is why it is important to seal all potential access areas. Once mice get in, they spread disease, infect your food, gnaw on structures and wiring, and nest inside your walls and pipes. House mice can cause thousands of dollars in damage, and they can make your family ill.
CAN INNOVATIVE PEST CONTROL GET RID OF HOUSE MICE?
Innovative Pest Control has an effective house mice control program. House mice must be prevented with exclusion techniques to prevent them from gaining access into your home in the first place. If they do get in, the professionals at Innovative Pest Control identify the signs of mice, locate the nests, and get rid of them for good. They are difficult to control on your home because they are excellent hiders, inexhaustible breeders, and dangerous disease carriers. The Innovative Pest Control rodent program also takes steps to control mice all year-round so you don’t have to worry. Call now for your inspection.
WAYS TO PREVENT HOUSE MICE
- Keep a cat or two in your home.
- If you are a dog person, consider a terrier.
- Keep food in airtight containers.
- Vacuum and sweep often.
- Inspect for cracks, holes and crevices, and seal them.
- Remove debris from the outside of your home.
- Control your lawn and weeds.
- Remove clutter in your home.
- Do not leave food or garbage out all day.
- Make sure your garbage has a lid.
- Pick up pet food after they are finished eating.
- Call pest control professionals at the first sight of house mice.
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