Found Mice in the House? What You Should Do Next?
Mice are so cute on cartoons. They’re adorable, playful, and snuggly. The reality, though, is far different. No, they likely won’t bite you. They can’t even sting you. But mice in the house is a serious problem and they can pose pretty serious health risks, making mouse removal important.
The Need Behind Mouse Pest Control
To put it simply, mice are a mess. Like many other creatures, their goal – once they’ve decided to claim your home – is to make that known, and they do so by urinating and defecating wherever they please. That’s pretty bad, right? There’s still a much bigger problem. All of that mouse waste has pathogens inside that lead to human health problems.
Hantavirus has been found in the urine and feces of mice, and when humans come into contact with it, they may get it. It begins with a fever, but if it’s not treated, it could eventually lead to kidney failure.
Salmonella can also come from mice. When a mouse walks over your kitchen counter, he tracks bacteria. When he crawls on that fork in your dish drainer, the bacteria is there, too. Grab that fork a bit later to eat a slice of cake, and guess where the bacteria suddenly end up? Your mouth…and with it comes salmonella.
Mice also typically carry fleas and ticks into your home, and that puts you at risk for other kinds of illnesses. Lyme disease is one, but so is Colorado Tick Fever. The fleas they carry even put your pets at risk for potential health problems.
How to Keep Mice Out
After reading about the concerns related to mice, you’re probably ready for a simple mouse control method that will help keep them out, right? There’s not one. There are certainly many things you can do to help keep them out, but there’s not a surefire cure-all that will ensure you never have a rodent problem in your house. Taking these steps, however, can help decrease your chances.
- Think Access: How might a mouse get into your house? Answering this question can help prevent a number of pest control problems. Look around your house. Any space you see, like a crack or a void, might enable a pest to get inside. Seal those spaces. If you see a bit of extra space around wiring or pipes leading to your outdoor utilities, you can seal those with caulk. If your doors don’t have sweeps or have gaps, it’s time to eliminate those problems. Even gaps in the siding are an invitation for pests of all kinds, including mice.
- Think Clean: Having a clean house won’t eliminate the chance that you may experience mice. If you don’t have a clean house, though, you’re certainly going to provide them with a pretty good food source should they arrive at your home. It takes just three grams of food per day to feed a mouse, and that really amounts to a few crumbs dropped during your toddler’s morning snack. Be sure you vacuum the floors each night and wipe down the counters. Don’t keep dirty dishes in your sink, and store all of your food in airtight containers. Don’t overlook things like pet bowls or even your garbage can, as all of those can attract mice.
- Think Landscaping: Mice may be attracted initially to the outside of your home, then make their way inside. Keeping an eye on any potential landscaping problems can help to prevent that problem. Mow on a regular basis, and don’t store debris of any kind near your home. Ensure you don’t have nesting materials like thick mulch near the base of your foundation. Keep your woodpile well away from your home to prevent that potential nesting site from turning into a gateway into your home as well.
Mouse Removal is Best Left to the Professionals
If you do notice you have a mouse problem, contacting the professionals is a far better idea than simply buying some traps. Mice can be tough to catch, and just because you’ve caught one, doesn’t mean you have eliminated the problem. The rodent and pest control professionals at Ransford will help you eliminate all of the mice in your home and prevent them from reentering in the future. To learn more about what we can do, contact us today.