Tips And Techniques For A Mouse-Free Home
With so much rain earlier this year, the food sources that mice eat have exploded and the mouse population grew with it. For such small rodents, it can be hard to imagine the amount of trouble mice can cause. But when these pests enter your home, they endanger your health and property, and it can be incredibly challenging to get rid of them. Whether you are currently dealing with an infiltration or looking to prevent one, this article is for you.
We’ll start by describing the signs of an invasion and review the risks they bring to your home and family. We’ll also provide proactive steps you can take to stop them from getting inside. Read on to learn how to achieve effective mouse control in San Diego with the pros from Bite Away Termite and Pest Control.
Signs Of A Mouse Infestation: How To Spot Them Early
Mice are social creatures that breed rapidly, and there is rarely only one in the house. These rodents are nocturnal and avoid contact with people, but they typically leave a lot of evidence around the house. Here are some of the signs of mice to watch for:
- Sounds: Hearing scratching or squeaking noises from the walls or ceiling, especially at night.
- Droppings: Mice produce between 50 and 75 droppings daily that are less than 1/4 of an inch long and rod-shaped with pointed ends.
- Damaged food packages: Mice prefer cereal and seeds, but they will eat just about anything people do.
- Odors: Mice use their urine to communicate, and the larger the infestation is, the worse the smell will be.
- Greasy trails along fences and on the side of your house.
If you suspect these rodents are in your home, it is best to remove them quickly before they start multiplying and causing other problems. Contact us today at Bite Away to learn more about our mouse control services or to request a quote.
Why Mice Are A Problem: Health Risks And Property Damage
Mice can endanger your family’s health, spreading diseases like leptospirosis, tularemia, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM). Additionally, mouse droppings in the kitchen or pantry can contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria. Their presence in your home can also trigger allergy symptoms and asthma issues, especially in children. Several mice have been found in San Diego County that were carrying Hantavirus which can be deadly. Rodents spread Hantavirus through their feces and urine. Use care when cleaning feces so as not to create dust that can be inhaled. Wear breathing protection and eye protection, as Hantavirus can enter your body through eye contact.
Your property isn’t safe from them either, and the sooner you can get them out, the safer everyone will be. These rodents will chew on wires, creating a fire hazard, tear up insulation and upholstery to use as nesting materials, and gnaw through walls and cabinets to gain access to food. Contact us today at Bite Away to learn more about how we can eliminate mice and protect your family from future infestations.
Preventative Measures For Mice: Keep Them Out Before They Get In
Prevention is the key to effective mouse control. The following list includes our best tips for keeping mice out of the house:
- Seal any gaps or holes on the exterior that are larger than a dime.
- Repair loose mortar in the foundation.
- Trim back trees and bushes away from the house.
- Avoid storing pet food or bird seed in the garage or outbuildings.
The pros at Bite Away are here to help you get rid of mice and prevent them from returning. Contact us today to learn more about our rodent control and exclusion services.
The Importance Of Prompt Mouse Removal: Call Us Right Away!
Prompt mouse removal can help you avoid the damage and health risks of these dangerous pests. The experts at Bite Away are here to help you eliminate these rodents and help you prevent another infestation. Contact us today to request a quote and get back to having a safe, pest-free home.