Winter House Mouse Control

“Eeeek! A mouse!!!,” is not something that is fun to hear in your house. But, unfortunately, during the winter months it is heard in many, many houses across the nation. Winter house mouse control is vital.

mouse 1Mice are especially attracted to homes during the colder, winter months. It is a survival tactic. They, just like many other animals, go searching for a warm place to survive in. Unfortunately for us, our homes often are the warm place that they find to take shelter in. They can come in through doors you leave open. But, that is not the only way they find in. These little pests can find entry through open windows, dryer vents and even small holes in the exterior walls. They can fit through walls the size of pin.

The other reason mice love to seek shelter in homes during the winter, besides the warmth, is the access to food. They eat a variety of foods, but in a home they often have easy access to just about any type of food they want. They can eat through cardboard and paper. Thus, a cereal box or a cracker wrapper is not going to stop them from getting into your pantry foods. If they can gain entry to your pantry, then your food becomes their food, too.

You might not even know that you have mice in your home until there are more than a couple. Mice repopulate very quickly because their gestation is short and they can have many babies at one time. Thus, when you finally see droppings, figure out your food wrappers have been chewed through or spot a mouse, you might be dealing with a true mouse infestation.

The problem with mice is that they can be destructive and they carry diseases. The more mice you have, the more of a chance that your home is going to suffer damage from mice or that you are going to deal with diseases because of mice. Mice can cause damage by chewing through insulation, chewing through cords or chewing through drywall. The disease are often left behind in the mouse droppings or in their footprints.

So, what can you do for winter house mouse control? You can start by identifying any points of entry they might be using. Once you have identified them, take precautions to seal them up in such a way that mice will not be able to enter via that point. You can also make sure that you have your food, including pet foods, place in plastic, airtight containers so that mice can’t chew through to get to the food. Finally, the most important step to take is to call your pest control specialist. We can help you determine how big your mouse infestation is and then come up with a plan to get rid of them once and for all.

 

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