Mice infestation. Of all the pests that can be found inside a typical home in the Carolinas, a mice infestation conjures up the most traumatizing visuals. Mice eating your food, mice eating your plumbing and wiring, your Christmas decorations, candles, spreading diseases, damaging your home. They are seen as the slow version of a damaging tornado, except that they do their damage from the inside-out, and they multiply too fast to control. Well, the professionals at Nelon-Cole know mice, and we offer some of the following knowledge to help understand what they typically can and can not do as an unwanted pest in your home.
mice, though small, can conjure all kinds of scary thoughts from homeowners
ARE MICE HARMFUL TO MY HEALTH?
According to the Center for Disease Control – yes; mice are known to be capable of spreading any number of diseases and can spread them to humans directly through contact with feces, saliva, urine, mouse bites, or even merely through contact. They can carry a variety of viruses including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella. In fact, they are known to carry and spread over 35 diseases and can be spread whether the rodent is living or dead in some cases. Keeping any possible infestations under control is critical to both the health of your family and the health of your home or business.
HOW CAN MICE DAMAGE MY HOME?
Once mice establish a colony inside your home they can gnaw on building structures, furniture, and electrical wiring and plumbing. They can also be carriers, bringing other unwanted pests into your area such as lice, fleas, and ticks (and with them, they bring their own diseases and destructive ways).
Mice will nest in order to reproduce, but this is rarely in an area that can easily be seen. Expect nests inside your walls, in your attic, and even your crawlspace. They will roam your living area for food when they sense no threatening presence. They can easily and quickly chew through plastic packaging and get to the food they find with their strong sense of smell. Any food suspected of being tampered with by mice should be considered tainted and quickly discarded and removed from the home.
mice will chew on almost anything they find in your home, spreading diseases in their wake
Often mice will chew through electrical wiring. This can often be fatal for the mouse, but there are plenty more to take its place. Damaged electrical wires can lead to outages, tripped breakers, or can even pose a high risk of fire.
Mice aren’t limited to food or wiring, they can even chew through your clothes and soft materials, and their need for water will often lead them to bathrooms or even pet water bowls.
Mice are capable of reproducing when they are only 4-6 months old, so you can see just how quickly an unchecked population can get out of control.
HOW DO MICE GET INTO MY HOME ?
Mice are experts at stealth. They can contort to fit through even the tiniest of opening, and are smart enough to figure out certain trap situations. Keeping mice from getting inside your home actually begins on the outside of your home. Nelon-Cole Pest Control knows all the signs of common mouse entry points, and can easily recommend or perform needed alterations to prevent entry.
You can help yourself by leaving mice with fewer hiding or comfort spots near your home like overgrown weeds and vegetation. Remove any water sources near the home like a pet bowl. Ensure that outdoor trash cans are tightly sealed. Do not throw food scraps out into the yard. Most importantly, make sure that your home is tightly sealed by sealing up cracks and holes in your structure and windows.
mice can even gain entry to your home by burrowing underground
HOW TO DEFEAT THIS DANGEROUS FOE?
Proper pest control for mice means thinking ahead, knowing where they hide, and how they think. Nelon-Cole constantly updates our training procedures with the latest techniques and technologies. We know where they hide and know their routines. We offer effective treatment and control methods that are safe for both your home and your family. If you suspect that your home or business may have a mouse problem you can certainly try a store-bought trap or two. You may even catch a few, but there are almost certainly many more that remain hidden and have learned to avoid such traps. Our methods are not only safe, but they are totally effective at both eliminating infestations and keeping future mice infestations from happening.
Trust the local professionals at Nelon-Cole to help with your mouse infestation inside Carolina homes and businesses. Our consultations are always free and we are ready to work for you at a moment's notice. Call us today at 1-888-7-TheWeb.