What Attracts Mice Into Oklahoma City Homes?

May 22, 2020

We’ve all seen it in the movies – a tiny mouse runs across the kitchen and everyone jumps up in fear. House mice are one of the most common home-invading pests. As they crawl around your property, they leave urine, droppings, and saliva everywhere they go, and they damage items looking for nesting materials.

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This contaminates your space, potentially exposing you to allergens, pathogens, and bacteria that put you at risk for a long list of adverse health conditions, such as:

  • Bubonic Plague

  • Hantavirus

  • LCM (Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis)

  • Rabies

  • Rat-Bite Fever

  • Salmonella

  • Tularemia

Another danger of rodent activity is its ability to cause structural damage. Whatever mice can sink their teeth into, they will. They can gnaw on and chew on the construction of a home, slowly deteriorating the structural integrity over time. They also can chew on electrical wiring, putting a house at risk of catching fire.

There are two major attractants that bring mice into your home: food and shelter. They get their nourishment and hydration from the food and water that they find in your space. In terms of their shelter needs, they seek harborage areas in the colder months where they can spend the season and protect themselves from the elements.

You’re probably wondering what you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing mouse activity. There are a number of prevention methods that are worth trying. Here are some tips to eliminate attractants and keep rodent activity at a minimum.

  • Apply weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Clean up spills and crumbs promptly.

  • Eliminate clutter around the house and regularly tidy up.

  • Eliminate excess moisture around the home.

  • Install screens on all vents and chimney openings.

  • Keep a dry and well-ventilated basement, attics, and crawlspace.

  • Keep shrubbery well-trimmed away from the structure.

  • Maintain a high level of sanitation.

  • Regularly dispose of garbage and keep in sealed trash bins outside.

  • Repair leaky pipes and faulty drains and faucets.

  • Seal off cracks and crevices around the foundation exterior.

  • Store all food in airtight containers, including pet food and birdseed.

  • Take out the trash regularly and store it in metal, gnaw-proof containers.

  • Utilize caulk and steel wool to fill in any cracks near utilities and pipes.

Mice can spread and grow their populations very quickly. They reproduce prolifically, and just when you think you’ve eliminated one, another one pops up, and then another and another. Mice are hard to exterminate because they are very small, very sneaky pests. They can squeeze through the tiniest openings in remote areas that can be hard to get to. Some of the more common entry points that house mice use to gain entry are:

  • Air vents without protective screens

  • Areas between floors and doors

  • Cracks and crevices in widows

  • Drainpipes accessed through drains and sewers

  • Gaps in the basement, ceiling, walls, etc.

  • Open holes around piping and utilities

  • Structural defects like damaged roofing and flooring

You may be thinking of getting rodent traps and placing them around your property to catch house mice. Unfortunately, rodent traps rarely get rid of an entire infestation. They may take care of one or two intruders, but where there’s one rodent, there’s usually a family of rodents not too far behind.

If you suspect mice in your Oklahoma City home, the safest and most effective approach is to seek professional rodent control services. The smartest move is to contact the professionals at Dandi Guaranty as soon as possible. We are experienced in extensive inspections, accurate identification, and thorough extermination of house mice. And we guarantee lasting results that protect your home from rodent activity all year long. Our maintenance visits keep your property free of house mice for good. Call us today to get started.

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