Are you a homeowner that has encountered mice or rodents in your home? Running through the kitchen, racing in the attic. If yes, then you know how frantic and troublesome mice are and how difficult to rid your home of these pests. A mouse sighting can invoke huge surprise and fear in even the most seasoned homeowner. These creatures happen to be a common problem and can wiggle and squeeze into a building or home through the tiniest of openings or cracks! All mice need is a coin-sized hole or opening to navigate your entire home.
Mice are always in search of shelter indoors, especially during fall and winter. Once these critters are inside, they can cause a lot more than just an inconvenient infestation. Mice can put your home at risk for electrical fires by gnawing through wires! Copper or not! More frequently, however, mice are living, breathing, petre dishes of bacteria like salmonella. This bacteria is actually carried on the outside of their bodies which contaminate foods, kitchen surfaces, anything they come in contact with.
For infestations of mice, please call Summit Environmental Solutions and have one of our highly trained professionals to evaluate your home free of charge. We have the proper equipment and protective gear needed for such situations.
Here are 10 preventative tips
Thank goodness, there are lots of ways you can be proactive and prevent mice from getting into the home:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to your chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites…make sure to include leaking pipes and clogged drains as this provides the perfect breeding site for mice and disease.
- Be sure to Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags, and other packages that you bring into the home.
- Keep that firewood at least 20 feet away from the house! Also, keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from your home.
- If you suspect a mouse infestation in your home, contact us at SES and get a licensed professional to inspect and treat the problem for you.
Remember, act quickly if you see evidence of a mouse infestation as they reproduce very quickly and one or two mice in the house can become a huge infestation overnight if left untreated.