Keep Mice Out of the House this Fall!
With the Fall season comes crisp mornings and evenings everyone loves, sweater weather, football, and one unfortunate fact of life – mice in the house. Understanding why mice love to move into homes in the Fall is key to keep mice out of your house this year.
Seasonal Change and Mouse Behavior
Rodents like mice are a lot like most other creatures. As the temperatures begin to drop in the fall, they’re beginning to think about how they might stay warm throughout the year. They are looking for a warm place to live and a good source of food and water. Believe it or not, your home probably provides both, and you may not even realize it. Once inside, mice can live almost anywhere, in the walls, in the attic, in the basement, or even among the junk in your storage closet. Food isn’t hard to come by either in most homes. They need just three grams a day to survive, which is less than a teaspoon, and they’ll eat almost anything. Given that most of their water supply comes from their food supply, if a mouse can find three grams of food per day in your trash can, on your countertops, on your floor, or even in your couch, they can survive in your home for the winter.
How Do Mice Get In?
Despite the fact that your house probably makes a perfect home for mice, you may still be left wondering how they’d even get into your abode. It’s actually easier than you think. If there’s a single crack or hole in your wall, floor, or foundation, you could find a mouse in your house. Mice can squeeze in through a hole that’s just a quarter of an inch wide, which is the size of a dime. They can even scale vertical walls to get to that hole, so if it’s near an attic vent, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Any gaps in your siding or foundation are fair game for mice, making it likely you’ll deal with a mouse at some point. It is estimated that 21 million homes deal with rodent problems every year in the United States.
Is It Actually a Problem?
So, if it’s easy for them to get in, easy for them to make a home in your house, and easy for them to survive, should you even bother fighting to keep them out? Absolutely. Mice are known to carry more than 35 different diseases, and they’ll walk over every available surface in your home, so at some point, you’ll come into contact with the diseases they carry. Mouse families grow rather quickly, too. A female mouse can have up to 12 babies every three weeks, which means that you could go from one mouse to a baker’s dozen before the month is out.
3 Ways to Keep Mice Out
Mouse control really isn’t as difficult as you think. In fact, with these three simple tips, you should be able to keep them out for good.
- Landscaping is a Must: If you have plants close to your home or your fall leaves end up piled against the house, you may end up dealing with mice at some point. That close cover invites rodents to search for a way into your home, so be sure to keep the plants near your house well-trimmed. Rake the leaves out, and create a two-foot barrier between your home and your natural features.
- Mouse-Proof The Outside of Your Home: Start looking for those weaknesses before fall’s cooler weather hits. If you had any recent home repairs, check to make sure everything is sealed properly. Do a complete walk around your house to look for any spots where rodents might come in. While you’re at it, don’t forget to look inside, too, in basement spaces and other spots that make lead to the outside to help you keep mice out.
- Do Some Deep Cleaning: You can’t keep mice out if your home is really clean, but you can invite them in if it isn’t. Make sure you vacuum regularly and wipe down your counters after every meal. Store everything in a sealed container, and secure your trash as well.
If they’ve already moved into your home, you may be trying to decide on the best method of mouse removal. We can help. Give us a call today to learn more about our mouse pest control services and what we can do to evict your current mice and keep others from moving in.