One thing that we can be thankful for as the weather cools off, is that pesky insects like mosquitoes, flies and wasps are either dead or hibernating until spring. Despite that relief, there are still pests to watch for. One example is the house mouse. The heat from our homes is an open invitation for this warm-blooded creature, who struggles to regulate its body temperature.
It’s important to be in-the-know when it comes to mice. Although they seem harmless, they are associated with several risks. Here are a few of our customers’ frequently asked questions about mice – and our answers.
How do mice get in your house?
Since mice are so small, they can fit through even the smallest of cracks and holes found in walls, floors and foundations. You will also want to check that your sewage lines are properly sealed, as they can enter through sink and bathtub drains. Unfortunately, these potential entrances often go unnoticed until other signs – like droppings and noises in the walls – suggest you have an actual problem.
What attracts mice in your house?
The biggest attraction for mice this time of year is the warmth your house can provide, which there is little you can do about. However, they are also attracted to the ample food supply in homes – especially grains, fruits and even pet food. Be sure to clean crumbs and leftovers off any counter tops and floors, and remove trash right away. What we might see as disposable food is their next meal.
How dangerous are mice in your house?
Unfortunately, mice are not as harmless as they look. In terms of dangers to your home, mice can cause extensive damage to structures by gnawing through cabling, furniture and electrical equipment, which can lead to electrical fires. They can also contaminate your food by leaving behind urine and droppings, both of which spread bacteria and disease, including Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
Do mice bite?
Although it is rare, yes, mice sometimes bite. They will defend themselves when picked up, cornered or startled.
What are mice afraid of?
If you have pets, especially cats or snakes, the pheromones they leave behind are likely to deter mice from entering your home as these are predators. They are also rumored to dislike certain smells/products such as ammonia, antifreeze and other chemicals. However, using such products as mouse repellent is not advised.
If you’re hosting family and friends this holiday season, the last thing you need is to spot a house mouse or expose your guests to the health risks associated with them. Fortunately, Wil-Kil is here to help as the cold months approach. We can help prevent house mice the safe way, using exclusion methods that keep mice from entering your home in the first place.