Fall is a perfect time of the year to break out the cocoa and sit next to a cozy fire. As the leaves begin to fall to the ground and the temperature begins to drop, you are not the only one looking for a cozy spot to hole up and wait out the cold weather. There may be a little, furry creature that has chosen a quiet little corner in your home to build its nest in. These "corners" could be in a variety of places, including in your attic, crawl space, walls or even closet. Once there home is constructed they will be ready to start a family. Yikes! I think your home should only have room for your family. Don't you think?
Mice are a common pest all over the United States. Your home attracts them because of the constant supply of warmth, food and water. If a few get in, they can quickly become dozens. Amazingly, a mouse can get into a space no bigger than a nickel, making it far easier than you might think for them to get in through gaps in windows, doors or vents.
As innocent as the mouse might look, they are one of the most destructive pests that can enter your home. Mice are chewers. They will chew through walls, plastic and even electrical wires, significantly increasing your chances of a house fire without you even knowing they are there. Mice cause thousands of dollars in damages every year to homes across the country.
There are other dangers associated with having a mouse infestation. While mice are searching for food and water in your house they are leaving behind waste that can contaminate your food and spread diseases, such as Hantavirus and Salmonella. They can also create asthma symptoms, especially in children. Mice also carry fleas which can carry disease as well. This just proves that there is no such thing as a safe mouse infestation.
There are a few ways that you can help reduce your chances of housing mice for the winter season. First, make sure that all ways into the home are secure. Fix cracks and crevices, replace broken screens and vents leading into your home and make sure that all pipes leading into your home are filled with caulking. You should always make sure that drains are clear and water pipes are not leaking. Mice need a moist area to nest. Always keep boxes stored off of the ground and if you are bringing stored items into your home from a shed or garage make sure that you inspect them for signs of mice.
If you do find signs of an infestation, such as gnaw marks, droppings or chewed food packaging, it is important that you call a pest control company immediately. It is unlikely that you would be able to get all of the mice living in your home with just household traps. A professional company can help get rid of the problem quickly and safely.