Avoid Attracting Mice Into Your Oklahoma City Home
May 11, 2020
Can you imagine spending a relaxing evening with your family playing games on the living room floor, and suddenly something skitters across the game board? Talk about ruining the moment. House mice don’t care if they are invited or not, they are more than happy to make themselves at home.
Characteristics of House Mice
Common house mice are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches long, and their tails are usually about 2 3/4 to 4 inches in length. They have four legs and a round body. Their muzzles are pointed, and they sport large, hairy ears. Their bellies are typically cream-colored, and their fur color varies from light brown to gray.
Why Are These Rodents Dangerous To Have On Your Property?
Unfortunately, house mice can be dangerous to people and their property. They can carry and spread many diseases in their saliva, urine, and feces. They are known to transmit more than 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread through handling these rodents, dead or alive. They also carry fleas, ticks, and mites into your home along with the host of diseases that those external parasites carry.
Since they have sharp and powerful teeth, mice can cause quite a bit of destruction in the home. They are capable of chewing through pipes, drywall, rubber, flooring, plastic pipes, insulation, aluminum, and electrical wires. Never mind the destruction they can do to personal items such as linens, clothing, and furniture.
Mice also create burrows in the ground for hiding, resting, and nesting. Once they quickly establish a viable nesting area, they breed all year round. A female mouse has up to ten litters per year with an average of six to eight babies per litter. As you can imagine, with multiple females reproducing in a home, a small mouse problem can lead to a mass infestation in a hurry.
Ways To Protect Your Home & Property From These Rodents
Since these rodents are capable of squeezing into the tiniest of spaces, it can be difficult to seal off all possible points of entry. Also, because mice are so prolific, controlling their population with traps alone is next to impossible. Though there are challenges in keeping mice out of your home, there are some preventative measures that will help keep them away.
Keep your yard clean. Keeping your grass cut, and weeds pulled help remove potential hiding spots. Also, remove foliage and piles of wood.
Seal trash cans and any uneaten food. Bird food, pet food, and trash attract these hungry critters. So, remove any exposed food by placing any uneaten bird seed or pet food in sealed containers.
Cover tight spaces. Packing steel wool into tight spaces acts as a natural deterrent because it is difficult and unpleasant to chew.
Cover any burrow openings. Fill any burrows with rocks or dirt, as these may be entry or exit holes.
Mice are skittish and fast-moving! You may think you’ve got the situation under control when you are no longer trapping any, but they’ve most likely learned to avoid your traps. Even if you happen upon the right trap, you still need to be able to put place it in an ideal location to trap them. A professional pest expert has an understanding of mice's behaviors and habits.
If you're worried about mice in your Oklahoma City home, reach out to the experts at Dandi Guaranty to schedule an inspection. A licensed technician will survey the interior and exterior of your property, locate problem areas, and develop a treatment plan to eradicate your mouse population. We have the experience and tools to make your mouse problem a thing of the past, so if you’re tired of struggling with rodents or other unwanted pests, reach out to us today!