Keeping Mice Out Of Your House
There are a lot of mixed feelings about mice out there in the world. Some people find them adorable, sometimes to the point of keeping them as pets. Others are terrified of them and can jump farther than a long jumper if faced with one in their home. Whatever side of the spectrum you fall on, we assure you, you do not want wild mice running around in your home. Here's why.
What Makes The House Mouse Different?
Many people have argued: which is more dangerous; house mice or rats? Before we answer this question, let's first uncover what sets house mice apart from other rodents.
To start, house mice are the most common species of home-invading rodents here in America. They are able to breed faster and, due to their smaller size, are much more capable of squeezing into homes. If you didn’t know, a typical house mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime.
The one thing house mice aren’t as good at as other rodents is chewing on things. Rats, for instance, have much stronger teeth and can chew through materials as hard as lead. This, however, does not mean that house mice cannot cause trouble with their incisors. A house mouse is capable of chewing through walls and into cabinets. They are also able to sever electrical wiring and gnaw into utility piping.
Are Mice More Dangerous Than Rats?
Objectively, yes, mice are more dangerous than rats, mainly because of their higher numbers inside homes. Because mice are more common, they are more likely to be a danger to you and your family. How do they do this? They do it with the bacteria and pathogens they carry. Have you ever heard of Salmonella? What about Hantavirus? These are just 2 out of the 35 diseases mice have been known to carry and transmit. The kicker is that rodents do not even have to be in the same room as you to get you sick. If you interact with their excrement or eat food items that have been contaminated by them, you run the risk of contracting any diseases they are carrying.
Mice, like rats, are also able to carry fleas, ticks, and mites into homes. These smaller parasitic pests can hop off rodents and onto your indoor pets. What makes it worse is that these smaller pests can carry their own list of dangerous diseases including Lyme disease, the Bubonic plague, and murine typhus.
How To Keep Mice Out Of Your Home
When it comes to keeping mice out of your home there are a few things you can do. Here are some prevention tips we recommend you try.
Clean inside regularly.
Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
Pick up pet food and water bowls before going to bed each night.
Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
Repair leaky piping.
Fix broken gutter systems.
Use a caulking gun and some wire mesh to seal holes in your home’s exterior foundation.
Repair other damage to your home that might allow mice inside.
How Alta Can Help With Mice
If you are dealing with a mouse infestation inside your home, the professionals here at Alta Pest Control are here to help. Though you can set up traps and hope to solve the problem on your own, the fastest and only definite way to get rodents out of a home is with the help of an expert.
To get quick and reliable rodent control services from Alta Pest Control, give us a call today. We will send one of our highly trained pest technicians your way ASAP with a solution for keeping mice out of your house..