What Attracts a Mouse to Your PA Home; How to Prevent & Get Rid of House Mice
Mice most often invade homes during the fall and winter seasons in an attempt to escape the cold and to ensure an easy meal. There are many pests in Pennsylvania that will invade homes during the fall, including house mice. Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to share more about House Mice and what you can do to keep them out of your home this cooler fall season.
What Attracts Mice to an Apartment or House?
A house mouse has short light brown or gray and sometimes black fur with a lighter colored underbelly. Their ears and tails also are covered with fur however it is much finer or thinner. House mice are one of the smaller species of mice. Therefore, they are able to squeeze through very small gaps. There are many reasons why a house mouse will invade a home during the fall. One is to find a warmer spot to live. A second reason is for a reliable food supply. Also, they will often seek shelter from predators. Many natural predators of the house mouse are fully active during the fall and your home often provides protection from them. Your home is also a perfect place to nest and have their young.
What Diseases Do Mice Droppings Carry?
Mice, including a house mouse, carries a variety of diseases that is often transmitted through their urine or feces. They quickly contaminate food and your living conditions. They are also destructive. They will chew on a home’s electrical wiring, walls, and plumbing. When house mice invade a home, it provides them a safe place to reproduce which means you will soon find your home infested. To prevent infestation and the many health hazards mice provide, you will want to ensure you keep them out and controlled.
Mouse Prevention & Control Tips
Step 1. Exclusion – Make sure to seal off any possible entry points that mice can use to enter your home. For example: Cracks or gaps around window and door frames, you can cover attic and dryer vents as well as your chimney with metal mesh wiring.
Step 2. Cleaning & Sanitation – Make sure your home and yards are clean and free of debris and clutter. Along with sealing all food inside the home, avoid leaving food out, and that trash is sealed. You also want to make sure that all of the indoor and outdoor plumbing isn’t leaking or pooling water anywhere to avoid providing a drinking source for mice.
Step 3. Traps & Baits – You can place your preferred type of traps around areas where mice travel or feed. You will find there are many different types of trapping systems that can help capture mice that may be outside and inside your home. You can also use bait or poison and kill the rodents. Avoid placing bait outside and in areas exposed to pets or children. Bait becomes recommended when a large infestation occurs. But Pest Control Technicians, Inc doesn’t recommend you go the do it yourself route as it can be dangerous and highly ineffective. You may even make the problem worse as the mice keep reproducing and multiplying.
Professional Rodent Control
Pest Control Technicians, Inc recommends you can seek the help of a professional pet control company. If you’re under siege by house mice this fall season, and need help reclaiming your home and keeping it a safe and healthy environment, contact Pest Control Technicians, Inc for all of your pest control needs.
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