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Everything Every Dixon Property Owner Ought To Know About Mice

January 15, 2021

Every pest can bring with it distress and discomfort when it makes its way into your home or business, and mice are no exception. A mouse infestation can bring with it illness, property destruction, and more, so it's best to know what to look for and how to prevent an infestation in Dixon before it happens.

a house mouse in a pantry

The more you understand about mice, the better prepared you’ll be to prevent them. You have to keep your eyes peeled, because these creatures are very dependent on human beings for their shelter, food, and water. They’re so prolific, that when you see one, it means plenty are around. Know the deal with mice and how Pest Control Consultants can rescue you from them.

How Do Mice Operate? What Are the Dangers?

As you might imagine, house mice are the species most prevalent in homes. Moderate in size, they can be around 7 inches long, including their long tail. They keep warm with short fur that’s black, brown, or gray. Their abdominal area will always be lighter than the rest of their body. Being very nimble and flexible, they can slip through gaps ½ of an inch round. Gravitating to damp and dark spaces with humidity and low traffic, these rodents will nest themselves in cabinets, basements, and structural voids. Homes and businesses adjacent to fields and wooded or grassy plots will probably be violated by house mice.

The teeth of house mice are growing constantly. To give themselves some sort of relief, these animals will gnaw on cables, walls, and other things. If they chew on cords, there’s a solid chance an electrical malfunction will occur, and in the worst case, a fire may erupt. Mice also carry microbes and parasites not only on their fur, but in their feces, urine, and saliva, leading to surface contamination as they move through your property. This is especially likely when you remember that mice travel in dirty places, like gutters and garbage. Humans can catch diseases like salmonellosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), and hantavirus from mice.

Infestation signs include:  

  • Finding pellets with blunted tips and a rod-like shape

  • Discovering footprints

  • Detecting noises inside of walls

  • Seeing bite marks on walls and wires

  • Smelling persistent, awful odors in the air

How Can Mice Be Prevented?

As mentioned before, house mice rely on humans for sources of shelter, food, and water. That said, you have to ensure that you aren’t providing that through your home or business. Potential passages have to be blocked and consistent maintenance must be performed:

  • Don’t have a lot of clutter, if at all.  

  • Wash dishes and clean your kitchen thoroughly on a regular basis.

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum often. 

  • Food and garbage containers must have tight lids; even for pet food. 

  • Have moisture problems and leaks fixed right away. 

  • Close openings around foundations, windows, and doors. Use caulk, steel wool, or other material mice can’t chew through. 

  • Keep gutters and drains clean.

  • Groom your yard, and distance greenery from the property.

What Can Pest Control Consultants Do About Mice?

The certified technicians at Pest Control Consultants use only the latest technologies and techniques to eliminate mice and other pests. Our safe products are designed to build a stalwart perimeter defense and interior guarding to make it hard for these animals to penetrate. We have various plans that are cost-efficient and come with recurring visits, guarantees, and more. Same-day services are available. Protect your property and health; call us today! 

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