How Did These Mice Get Into My Tulsa Home?
July 21, 2021
The house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the most common house pests. Mice are relatively small, weighing ½-1 ounce and measuring 5 ½ - 7 ½ inches long, including a 3–4-inch tail. They are usually light gray to brownish in color. The house mouse is native to Central Asia but came to North America on boats with European settlers and on ships from other places.
Mice Are Dangerous
Mice can spread several diseases through their droppings and urine. These include leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), tularemia, and salmonellosis. Their urine has been implicated in causing asthmatics to have attacks. Mice prefer cereal grains but will eat just about anything. As they eat people's food, their urine and feces foul the stuff they don’t finish. Never eat anything that mice have been in. Mice are dangerous another way. They may chew on electrical wires, which can start a fire and burn the house down.
The good news is that mice only live 10-12 months. The bad news is that they are sexually mature at 6-10 weeks old. The female mouse has 5-10 litters of 5 or 6 mice each, during her life. The litters then go on to reproduce. A mouse problem can spiral out of control very quickly.
Why Mice Choose A Home To Invade
Mice need food, water, and a place to nest and raise their young. They may be able to manage without water if their food is moist enough. Mice are attracted to clutter, whether inside or outside within about 50 feet from the house. While a clean house is not immune to mice, a messy one is very attractive to them. They then have lots of places to hide and rear their young, undisturbed. If food spills are not cleaned up promptly and food is left in packages mice can gnaw into, you have created mouse heaven. Mice can gnaw through drywall, plastic screening, rubber, vinyl, insulating foam, wood, cables, electrical wires, and many other things. Metal and concrete are about the only things that mice can’t chew through.
Preventing An Infestation
- Sanitation and exclusion are the best ways to prevent a mouse infestation. Mice can come inside a house through an opening only ¼ inch in diameter.
- Seal all cracks and crevices in your foundation and outside walls.
- Clean up bird food in the yard.
- Move firewood away from the house.
- Stack firewood and other lumber, pipes, etc. on racks at least 8 inches off the ground and at least 1 foot from any vertical wall.
- Keep your yard mowed and the weeds removed.
- Trim back shrubs and trees that are close to or hang over the house.
- Clean up food spills promptly.
- Keep food in metal or thick plastic containers.
- Put out only the amount of pet food your pet eats in one sitting.
- Clean up clutter, old magazines, newspapers, and other materials.
- Fix leaks and damp spots inside and outside.
- Stuff steel wool in the openings around pipes, electrical wires, and cables where they enter the house and caulk the steel wool in.
- Make sure window screens are in good repair and fit tightly.
- Make sure the weather stripping around and under doors is in good repair.
Getting Rid Of Mice
Once mice are in your house, it is very hard to get rid of them. A mouse may only travel 25 feet from the nest while it lives inside. They love places that are warm and dark to nest in or under, such as under the refrigerator or hot water heater. Traps need to be placed against a wall and it is hard to reach those places. Bait may work, but if a mouse dies in the walls or attic, it will start to smell. You also have to worry about pets and children getting into the bait and getting sick or worse.
Dandi Guaranty can help. Our trained technicians will come out and inspect your house and yard to see exactly where the mice are hiding. Our technician will then present you with a plan to eliminate the mice inside and out. After the mice are gone, we will return quarterly to make sure they do not return. If the mice return, we will come out between treatments to eliminate them at no additional charge. Call Dandi Guaranty today and get rid of those mice.