This fall, as the weather begins to get a little cooler, mice will begin to seek warmer shelter to prepare for winter. Unfortunately, that shelter could be your home. Mice are small grey colored rodents about 2 ½ inches long. These small rodents are able to get into your home through very small cracks or openings in the exterior of your home. They are in search of a warm place to stay with plenty of food and water. Your home probably fits that description for them. Once they are inside your home they will forage for food and water. This is when you will most likely spot them scurrying around your kitchen, basement or attic.
Having mice in your home can be dangerous to you and your family. Mice can transmit diseases if you are bitten by one. They can contaminate food and water by leaving fecal matter and urine in the food they get into. They can bring in things like ticks, fleas, lice and mites. They can also stir up allergies for those affected by allergies in your home. These rodents are a true pest in your home. Keeping them out of your home is essential for the safety and comfort of your family.
Here are a few simple tips to try to prevent mice from seeking shelter in your home:
- Seal up your home: seal up any exterior cracks or holes in your home. Replace any ripped screens. Place screens over any venting. Seal windows and doors. Place door sweeps on the bottom of any exterior doors.
- Low moisture home: Try to keep attics and basements as dry and as well ventilated as possible. Fix any plumbing leaks and clogs to lower moisture. Mice are attracted to moist areas for water. Keeping moisture out of your home will deter mice from staying in your home.
- Food Storage: Store all food in air tight, sealed containers. This will help to keep mice out. Inspect food when you bring it home for any rips and tears in the packaging. Making sure that mice do not have easy access to food will help prevent them from taking shelter in your home.
Mice can be harmful to your family’s health and safety but they can also cause damage to your home. They can do so by chewing through wires and insulation. If they chew through wires in your home, it can become a fire hazard. Keeping mice out is not always easy, but it is important for you, your family and your home. If you notice any rodents in your home, call a professional pest exterminator to get them taken care of quickly and efficiently.
Contact Wil-Kil today.