Mice are tiny pests that are sneaky about gaining entry into your Ogden home. They squeeze into remote cracks and crevices around your property, doing whatever they to get inside and access sources of food, water, and shelter. Experiencing a mouse infestation is an absolute nightmare for any homeowner, which is why we recommend professional mouse control services. Reach out to Mountain West Pest today to secure quality Ogden pest control that you can count on throughout the year.
What Do Mice Look Like?
The first step to dealing with a mouse problem is being able to identify mouse activity. The most common mice to invade homes are house mice. They can vary in color, ranging from dark gray to light brown and many neutral shades in between. Often, house mice are a dusty gray color and have a lighter underbelly. They have four legs, a pointed snout, and rounded, hairy ears. Also, house mice have long tails that exceed the length of their bodies.
How Dangerous Is It To Have Mice In My House?
Once mice enter your home, there are a lot of problems at play. Not only can mice cause widespread contamination, but they also threaten the structural integrity of your house.
Here are some of the dangers that come with household mouse infestation:
- Bringing other pests into your home
- Biting and transmitting diseases like rabies
- Breeding rapidly and spreading of the infestation
- Causing structural damage and weakened construction
- Causing widespread contamination causing pathogens
- Chewing and contaminating insulation
- Gnawing through electrical wiring and risking a house fire
- Scampering inside of wall voids
If you suspect mice in your home, the safest and most effective approach is to seek professional rodent control services. Call Mountain West Pest to discuss your mouse control and prevention needs.
Why Won't Mouse Traps Get Rid Of The Mice?
To control mice around your home, you may consider live traps, placing them around your property to catch these hairy intruders. Unfortunately, live traps for mice don’t get rid of the entire infestation. While mousetraps target individual mice, they fail to address the problem as a whole. In fact, there are many inaccessible places where mice hang out, and getting traps in all these areas can be tough.
A good approach to take is proactive prevention. By getting ahead of the problem, you can minimize the scope of the infestation, reduce the population's spread, and mitigate the damage caused to the house. Read on to learn about how you can prevent mice around your home.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice in My House?
The best way to protect yourself and your home is to avoid an infestation altogether. That’s where being proactive comes into place.
Here are some helpful preventative measures you can take to reduce mouse activity around your home:
- Install screens on all vents and chimney openings.
- Keep crawlspaces, basement, and attic dry and well-ventilated.
- Keep shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.
- Maintain a high level of sanitation; clean up spills and crumbs promptly.
- Reduce sources of moisture around the home.
- Regularly dispose of garbage and keep it in sealed trash bins outside.
- Repair leaky pipes and faulty drains and faucets.
- Seal off any cracks and holes in the foundation or house exterior.
- Store all food in airtight containers, including pet food.
- Use caulk and steel wool to fill in any cracks in areas with utilities and pipes.
- Use weather stripping to replace loose mortar around the windows and basement foundation.
While there are all kinds of home remedies to get rid of mice, the truth is that no method of rodent control is as effective as help from pest professionals. The best move is to contact the pest professionals at Mountain West Pest. Our team has experience in extensive inspection, accurate identification, and thorough extermination of house mice, and our maintenance visits keep your property free of house mice for good. Call us today to get started.
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