All The Ways You Attract Mice To Your Spring, TX Home
September 15, 2021 - Mice
Some rodents make delightful, adorable pets. Hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, even domesticated rats and mice are all lovely furry companions for any Spring home. What isn't great for a spring home, though, is a wild mouse infestation. These critters are dangerous, destructive, they can transmit some pretty nasty pathogens, and you may be inviting them inside without ever even knowing it.
Truthful Tails About Mice In Spring
The most common invasive mice in Spring are house mice. House mice are tiny rodents, measuring at roughly 2 to 3 ½ inches long with a tail that can equal or exceed their body length. Their fur varies between light gray and dusty brown, and they have lighter cream-colored underbellies. Their big, black eyes and large ears really add to their adorable, harmless-looking facade, but don't let that fool you. As cute as they may be, they can wreak havoc in your Spring home.
Like most rodents, mice have incredibly powerful incisors that can chew through a plethora of different materials. They also don't stop growing, which means mice constantly chew to keep them filed down to a healthy length. Wood, drywall, plastic, and even electrical wires aren't safe from these minuscule menaces. On top of that, they're experts on food contamination and can transmit several harmful pathogens:
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis
- E. Coli
- C. Diff
What's Making Your Spring Home So Attractive To Rodents?
If mice can find a way inside your Spring home, they have all the reasons they need to stick around. Homes provide food, water, and shelter, and, of course, every home is filled with a buffet of chewable items to keep their teeth nice and filed down. It's a lot easier for mice to get inside than you may think, too; an exterior gap no bigger than ¼ of an inch is more than enough space for them to squeeze through.
How To Make Your Spring Home Less Inviting To Rodents
Even though mice are prevalent house pests, it's still possible to keep them from getting inside your Spring home. It'll take a fair amount of work, and it's not 100% foolproof, but it's all worth it if it lessens the chance of a dangerous infestation:
- Store all dried goods in sealed, airtight containers.
- Wipe down counters, food prep areas, and eating areas daily.
- Clean up any food and drink spills immediately after they occur.
- Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly.
- Repair and seal any cracks and holes in the exterior of your home; siding, exposed wood, foundation, gaps around pipes and wires, roof, and trim.
- Trim low-hanging tree branches and unruly bushes away from the exterior of your home.
- Keep tight-fitting lids on indoor and outdoor trashcans.
- Remove any unnecessary clutter around your home.
- Clean out gutters often to ensure proper drainage.
What To Do When It's Too Late For Rodent Prevention
It's never fun to admit a tiny rodent has bested you, but don't worry; you aren't the first Spring resident to struggle with a mouse infestation, and you won't be the last. The most important thing now is to get them out as quickly as possible, before they cost you thousands of dollars in-home repairs and hospital visits. DIY rodent exterminations aren't as effective as you may hope, and these pests are way too smart for mouse traps. These infestations are best left to the professionals. At Pest Arrest, we have the tools and experience to deal with your rodent problem.
As your local pest control experts with over 20 years of experience, we are dedicated to providing you with effective and affordable pest control. We use safe, high-quality products and techniques in all of our treatments, and we back every visit with a guarantee – if any pest problems arise between scheduled treatments, we come right back out and treat again at no additional cost. Get in touch with us today, and find out why our company is the best fit for your budget and home.
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