January 18, 2018
House mice are very small pests and are sometimes seen as being “cute”. They can cause big problems in your home and are definitely not a wild creature you want to grow friendly with. In fact, for their size, mice are considered to be one of the most destructive rodents. Their tiny bodies are actually an advantage in the type of damage they cause: they have potential to cause hidden damage within walls and in small spaces that are hard for the homeowner to get to. House mice are constant chewers and will chew through insulation, drywall, flooring, and wires (which becomes a fire hazard). Homeowners may also notice that belongings such as pictures, books, clothing and furniture are chewed as well. Where there are mice, there are also mouse droppings and urine, which will contaminate insulation and other building materials, not to mention possessions. And as if the damage they cause isn’t bad enough, mice can spread diseases such as salmonellosis and dysentery, and expose you and your family to fleas and ticks.
Mice are drawn to homes while searching for food, water, and shelter. This is particularly true during the cooler months of the year when they are searching for a warm place for survival. Mice enter homes through holes or small spaces in exterior walls. Their small stature means that they can fit through very small spaces—as small as 1/4 of an inch in diameter. They’ll also squeeze through cracks and crevices in the foundation, spaces around windows and doors, holes around utilities, and more. So when it comes to preventing a mouse infestation, it’s important to be thorough. While the best mouse prevention is to contact a local pest control company, there are a few quick tips you can do for yourself. These tips include sealing cracks in the foundation, covering any openings around utilities such as the air conditioning unit and chimneys, caulking gaps around the exterior of windows and doors, properly storing food—as well as trash items—in sealed containers, and trimming back trees and shrubs away from the home.
If you’re looking to get rid of a current mouse infestation or prevent new ones from happening, homeowners in Southern Maine should call Pine State Pest Solutions. We offer year-round pest control that protects homes from nuisance pests as well as those that are potentially dangerous. Our Home Protection plans are designed around eliminating pest activity and stopping any pests from returning. Included with your year-round plan are quarterly services, where a pest technician will use our five-step process (inspect, identify, develop, treat, and monitor) to effectively protect your home. We also offer our Pest Free Guarantee—if a covered pest comes back after our initial service we will return free of charge! Our main priority is to protect your home from those small pests that cause big problems, so give us a call today!