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When mice get into our homes, it can leave us scratching our heads. We may put down traps and catch a mouse or two. We then may notice the scratching noises have gone silent, and the silverware drawer stays free of droppings. But then it happens again; we see another mouse. It is important to know how to eradicate the mice inside your home but it is also important to be sure that every mouse is gone, and how to fully exclude them. We hope the following information will assist you in creating a pest-free home.
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Damages Mice Cause When They Get Inside Homes
Damage to peace of mind: The presence of mice can cause some people unnecessary fear, anxiety, and even panic. For some, a mouse appearing out of nowhere is a terrifying experience. And, if one mouse is seen, that experience can cause fear that lasts long after the sighting.
Damage to sleep: If mice are scratching, thumping, and bumping inside the wall behind the head of your bed, it can cause significant sleep loss, especially if you are a light sleeper. If this goes on long enough, it can cause other issues that go along with sleep deprivation.
Damage to items: Mice are rodents and rodents never stop chewing because of their ever-growing incisors. Mice will chew on everything from plastic to cardboard, to special items that belonged to your great, great, grandmother you have stored away in the attic. If you value your belongings, it is not a good idea to allow mice to stay.
Damage to structures: Mice also chew on the structure of a home. They will make holes in walls bigger. They will pull out insulation. They will chew holes into drawers and cabinets.
Damage to your wallet: If mice are allowed to chew holes into your attic (and remove insulation) this will cause more and more heat to escape right out through your roof area. This will have an impact on your bank account.
Damage because of other pests: When mice get in, they usually don't come alone. Mice can carry a whole host of other pests such as mites, ticks, and fleas, all of which come with their own set of problems.
Damage because of illness: Mice droppings and the bacteria on their fur can lead to the spread of several illnesses including, but not limited to, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, and plague.
How Do Mice Get Into Homes?
When mice get in, it is usually a matter of a gap or a crack, either in your foundation, outer walls, or attic area. To find entry points, start by doing a detailed inspection of the outside of your home. Look closely at your foundation for cracks or gaps where a mouse could squeeze through. Wherever possible, climb underneath porches and look behind stairs, bushes, or other objects. There may be holes that have been made larger over the years by water damage and chewing pests. Be sure to look carefully in areas where pipes, wires and other objects enter your exterior walls and make sure there are no gaps there. Keep in mind that a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Also, be careful to examine all of your screens on windows and doors for tears or holes, and inspect all of your door sweeps to make sure they all make a good seal.
How Can You Keep Mice Out Of Your Home?
Keeping mice out of your home starts with keeping them out of your yard. Start by removing any objects that do not need to be there. Mice and other pests need places to hide. The fewer hiding places, the better. Then, remove any areas of overgrown weeds. Vegetation provides harborage for pests. Removing any food or water sources will also be a deterrent for pests hanging around. Seal up trash cans, remove pet food, and clean up any dropped fruit or leftover veggies in your garden. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, seal up your home. Whatever gaps, cracks, or holes you found in your inspection should be professionally repaired or sealed by using a caulking gun, cement, or some other sealant.
How Aiken Can Take Care Of Your Mouse Problem
Mouse problems are no problem for the trained and certified pest professionals here at Aiken Pest. Aiken has the knowledge, the tools, and the experience to completely eradicate mice from your home, and prevent future infestations. You don't have to live with mice any longer. Give us a call today to learn more about our residential pest control plans.