How much do you know about mice? We're willing to bet that you know quite a bit, even if you've never had to deal with a mouse infestation. You may have seen mice in the movies. You may have seen them in commercials. You may have even grown up watching cartoon mice. But, if this is the only exposure you've had, you may find yourself perplexed when these small, furry rodents get into your Chandler home. Today, we're going to share a few facts about mice that will help you get mice out of your home and keep them out.
Mice Are Motivated By Food
Do you know that a mouse eats 15 to 20 times a day? Sure, it doesn't eat a lot at each sitting, but it is constantly looking for a meal. In laboratory studies, mice have been observed entering a torpid state with as little as seven hours of fasting. This is a low-energy state that shares many similarities with hibernation. If mice didn't have this ability, they would starve. What does this have to do with mouse control? If you protect food sources and deep clean your home to remove food sources, you may be able to drive mice out. At the very least, you'll stunt population growth and that is definitely a good thing. The more mice you have in your home, the more problems you're going to have.
You're probably aware that mice chew, but do you know how much they chew or the kinds of things they chew on? A mouse has incisors that never stop growing. They have to file these teeth down to prevent injury. This is why they're always chewing on wood, bark, and other tough organic materials. Inside your home, mice can present a serious threat to your safety as they are known to chew on wiring and gas lines. But, before they get into your home, they'll use those teeth to chew on building materials. If you want to stop an infestation, or prevent an infestation, you need to be aware of some of the key areas mice target.
Door and window frames
Weatherstripping and door sweeps
Eaves and soffits
The seals around roof penetrations
Mice Squeeze Through Small Holes
Do you know that an adult mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime? While the body of a mouse can be as long as 3 ¾ inches, it doesn't need a hole that large to get into your home. If it can fit its head through a hole, it can fit the rest of its fat body through that hole. As you consider sealing gaps and cracks in your exterior, keep this in mind.
Do you know a mouse can scale some exterior surfaces like Spiderman? It is amazing to watch, but it is somewhat disturbing to consider the implications. Their ability to climb can help them get to entry points that are high on your exterior walls. Keep this in mind as you attempt to seal your exterior from entry.
When a mouse gets to your roofline, it can go no further. They don't have the ability to climb across a horizontal surface and get around your roofline. But they don't have to. Mice can get into your downspouts and climb up your gutter system to get to your roof. You can prevent this by putting wire mesh in your downspouts.
Mice have one other way to get on your roof and exploit entry points up there. They can climb trees, run down branches, and leap onto your roof. Trim branches away from your roofline to prevent this.
When Mouse Control Products Are Needed
You can accomplish quite a bit by removing food sources and by sealing the exterior of your home. If you add to this some exterior pest maintenance, such as removing leaves, stacked wood, dense vegetation, water sources, and other mouse attractants, you could get control of a mouse infestation without a single mouse control product. It becomes tricky when food sources can't be removed and entry points can't be properly sealed. When control products are needed, it is best to hire a licensed professional. There are many ways baits, traps, and other products can actually make your problem worse. One example is a mouse gnawing its leg off to escape a trap and dying inside your wall. This is not a good scenario.
Professional Mouse Control In Chandler, Arizona
Are you struggling with mice? Reach out to us here at Green Home Pest Control. Our licensed and experienced technicians know what is required to get control of mice. We can get those mice out and keep them out. Connect with us today for assistance.