Why You Can’t Keep Mice Out Of Your Delaware County Home On Your Own

8/14/2020

Rodents are some of the most common invasive pests out there. One variety of rodents, mice, can seem like relatively harmless nuisances. But the dangers of these vermin are far greater than the ones we can actually see. Pest populations on your property can lead to many problems that you don’t want to have to deal with. Only proper prevention and control can keep you protected.

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Invasive Mice Are Common

Mice are small rodents that tend to stay out of sight of humans. Their furry faces and big ears -- and their smaller size compared to rats and other pests -- can even make mice seem cute, but the problems of an infestation are anything but.

Here’s what to look for to pick mice out from other rodents:

Size

Mice are typically smaller than rats, though their long trailing tails can give them the appearance of longer length. House mice are typically a few inches in body length, with tails longer than their bodies.

Shape

Mice have large, round ears on the tops of their heads, unlike rats that have small, pinched ears tucked back further on the skull. Mice are more compact, too, with short, pointed snouts rather than long ones.

Color

Mice can be white, brown, or gray in color, though house mice are most often gray in this area. Their paws and tails are pinkish, with fuzzy hair.

More Than Just A Furry Face

Mice are one of the ultimate examples of a pest that looks more innocent than they are. Don’t let their cuteness fool you, mice are vermin and an infestation can bring all of the following problems onto your property:

Odor

Mice droppings and nesting odors can quickly permeate a home or business. This is even worse when they shack up inside the walls or vent systems.

Damage

All rodents must constantly file their front teeth, which grow their entire lives. That means they will chew on just about anything, leading to worn wood, chewed electrical wiring, and many other ruined items.

Disease

Mice and rats are well-known for their ability to spread germs and disease. Not only do they root around in garbage and sewers, tracking these messes everywhere they go, they can also play host to pathogens that can infect people and pets.

Hosts

Mice don't just bring their own disease-carrying risks. They also introduce fleas and other parasites that bring with them their own hazards.

House Mouse Prevention

The best way to avoid the problems of a mouse infestation is to prevent populations from moving in, period. Here are some easy steps you can take to get ahead of a potential mouse problem:

Food & Waste Storage

Mice will raid your pantries, floors, counters, and anywhere else they can access food. Store food products in sturdy containers, and don’t forget that pet food is also a source for rodents.

Cleaning & Decluttering

Not only do you need to keep the food you’re going to eat safe, but you also need to clean up regularly. Traces of food left behind can be a beacon for mice. Clean in all often-neglected areas, like under appliances, and be sure to not have too much clutter, as this provides extra hiding spots for pests.

Routine Inspections

Rather than have to pay professionals to remove pests, you can have them inspect your property regularly. This can help to address potential attractants while making sure that you get on any emerging pest problems early.

Superior Rodent Control From M.A.D. Exterminators

With so much to have to watch for and keep up on to control rodent populations, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why the best course of action is to partner with professionals, who can inspect your property for pests and problem areas that might leave you vulnerable. If a pest problem is forming, only the proven solutions are experts that can truly address the problem, and it’s important to act fast.

For all-in-one mouse prevention and elimination, turn to M.A.D. Exterminators right away. Contact us and schedule rodent control services today!

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