Mouse Identification & Prevention

What are mice?

Mice are the most common rodents encountered in homes in North America. In the wild, mice prefer grains and seeds, but they will eat almost anything. House mice are small, between 2-1/2 to 3-3/4 inches long and weighing between 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce; due to their small size, they can squeeze into holes as small as 3/8 inch in diameter.

a group of mice foraging for food outside of a home in edwardsburg michigan

Are mice dangerous?

While not as directly dangerous as some other animals, mice are still one of the most dangerous pests on earth due to the ways they can harm people indirectly. Mice are host to numerous dangerous diseases, and when they get into your home, they bring their parasites with them. Mice leave droppings and urine behind on any surface they come into contact with, contaminating the area and posing a health risk. Mice are also notorious for chewing on electrical wires they find, which can, in worst case scenarios, lead to electrical fires.

Why do I have a mice problem?

Mice are always on the lookout for a safe, warm place to rest with access to food and water nearby. Unfortunately, your home provides many locations for mice to thrive. A number of factors could attract a mouse to your home. If you’ve been leaving out food or water, it will act like a beacon to a mouse’s powerful nose. Likewise, if you’ve neglected to repair leaking pipes and fixtures around your home, mice will start lining up to take a drink.

Where will I find mice?

Inside homes, mice are often found in kitchen cabinets, pantries, bathrooms, garages, basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Outdoors, they can be found in logs or tree stumps or hiding in thick vegetation. If you hear a scratching noise as you try to go to sleep, it could mean a mouse has found its way into your walls.

How do I get rid of mice?

Mice are a difficult pest to treat using DIY methods.  A number of issues arise if you fail to thoroughly eliminate the infestation on the first try.  Don’t let mice stay in your property one day longer; contact Termishield today to learn more about why professional exclusion services through Termishield is your best bet to take back your home.

Our dedicated team of rodent exclusion specialists will quickly identify your problem and trace it to the source before working with you to develop a customized plan built to suit your individual situation. Contact us today to schedule safe and effective rodent exclusion services using the best tools and strategies in the industry.

How can I prevent mice in the future?

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control services, here are some mouse prevention tips:

  • Repair any holes in the roofline, and replace loose or missing shingles.

  • Inspect the exterior carefully for cracks, and seal any you find.

  • Store garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids.

  • Repair leaky pipes and gutters.

  • Remove bird feeders from your yard.

  • Fill spaces around utility wires entering your home.

  • Don’t leave pet food out and pick up spilled food between feedings.

  • Keep gardens, compost piles, and woodpiles stored well away from the exterior of your home.

 

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