No matter their size or physical features, no pest should be underestimated. Most have the ability to harm you, your belongings, or your San Antonio home. Your well-being can be threatened in several ways. Many insects and creatures can bite, scratch, or sting humans. It’s hard to believe that it could get worse than that, but it can. Creepy crawlers are often covered in germs and can spread diseases. If there’s a pest on your property that happens to procreate quickly, the chances of illness are greater. Mice are the primary proponents of this.
Having to confront mice in your home is frightening enough, without the added stress of knowing they’re difficult to combat. By taking some time to read about their operation, you’ll learn how you can best prevent them with Pestmaster® Services.
Where Do Mice Come From? What Are the Risks?
Sometimes, a name can say it all. House mice have the title they do because they are constantly invading domiciles. These animals have short hair that’s brown, black, or gray. Their tummies are always a lighter color. While their bodies are 7 inches long, they are quite flexible. This is how they get through openings in foundations that are only ½ of an inch around. If it’s tough for them at all, they’ll just chew their way in. Damp, low-traffic spots that are humid and dark are where they’ll go first. Examples are structural voids, basements, and cabinets. Grassy and woody plots are where they come from, so be on alert if your home is near that kind of location.
Mice will turn your place upside down. They’ll gnaw on walls, wires, pipes, and other items to file their teeth down. As you might imagine, this could lead to cosmetic repairs, electrical fires and outages, and utility disasters. Each will be costly to resolve. The trouble doesn’t stop there. Your food and surfaces are liable to be contaminated because these vermin carry parasites in their fur. Also, they have impactful bacteria in their saliva, urine, and feces. They’ll bring in additional microbes from the dirty settings they spend time in, such as dumpsters. Some of the illnesses they transmit are hantavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and salmonella. Major infestation signs are:
- Finding rod-shaped pellets with blunted ends
- Discovering footprints with four front toes and five back toes
- Hearing noises behind walls
- Noticing teeth marks on cables and foundations
- Persistent foul odors in the air
Is There a Way to Prevent Mice?
Given that mice can reproduce with speed and get indoors with ease, it’s more than necessary to maintain preventative protocols. This includes detailed cleaning practices, building maintenance, and lawn care. It also helps if you:
- Reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
- Routinely clean the pantry and kitchen thoroughly, and always wash the dishes.
- Regularly sweep, mop, and vacuum.
- Put food and trash in containers with secure lids. Don’t exclude pet food.
- Don’t delay in having moisture problems and leaks repaired.
- Patch up holes in windows, doors, foundations, and utilities. Where applicable, use steel wool. Mice can chew through rubber and plastic.
- Frequently wash out drains, gutters, and vents.
- Sit plants two feet from the property.
- Trim grass and greenery often.
How Will Pestmaster® Services Exterminate Mice?
If you’re considering purchasing mouse traps, know that they won’t rectify an infestation. They will only catch individual vermin and won’t solve the entry points they’re passing through. For total elimination, reach out to us at Pestmaster® Services. Our highly trained technicians will utilize monitoring devices, and trapping and exclusion methods. Habitat modifications and baiting programs will also be employed. Decontamination and waste removal avenues are available as well. Call us today at Pestmaster® Services for a free quote!