7 Things You Need to Know About Mice Infestations and How To Get Rid of Mice

You hear scratching sounds inside of your walls. Next thing you know you find rodent droppings in your kitchen cabinets. It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your house, when it becomes cold outside in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky rodents are seeking shelter inside of your home, especially the house mouse is a wide-spread nuisance year around.


No one likes to share their home with mice or rats. Imagine a raccoon tearing up your attic insulation or a squirrel that gets comfortable under your roof. Roof rats are another common nuisances in Tennessee and Kentucky. Not only can they cause the homeowner costly damages, but they are also a serious health threat.


An estimated 1/3 of Americans have problems with rodents and each fall roughly 21 million homes are invaded. Within the course of one year a single pair of mice can produce a population of up to 700 offspring. Now you are probably wondering how to catch a mouse, where you can buy the best mouse trap on the market, and whether a mouse trap really works. Here are some important facts about mice:


How do mice get into my home?


Mice can fit through openings the size of a dime. Commonly they enter houses through gaps and cracks in the walls, foundation, ceiling, and floor. Additionally, holes around window and door frames, drainage pipes, plumbing, sewer and gas lines, HVAC and ventilation systems are popular entry points.


What are the signs of an infestation?


Usually people hear mice inside walls, the attic, or the crawl space. Some people find mice droppings or see mice in their living space. The deer mouse is a species commonly found in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Other homeowners detect nesting materials or structural damages such as chewed up building materials, insulation, and wiring.


What are the health concerns associated with mice?


Mice eat about 20 times daily, leave up to 100 droppings behind and mark their territory with urine. They contaminate human food sources by carrying and transmitting roughly 200 pathogens, bacteria, diseases, parasites, and viruses. Mice can either transfer diseases directly or indirectly. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention lists the following diseases in relation with rodents: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses, and Tularemia.


What damages can mice cause? What do mice eat?


Extreme cases have been documented in which a house burned down because of rodents gnawing through electrical wiring. Common damages include structural damages, destruction of insulation, pipes, timber, and brickwork. Mice chew through almost any material such as plastic, stone, textiles, cardboard and wood. Contamination of food, urine and droppings also add to the costs of damages resulting from a mice infestation.


Does insurance cover the damages?


Typically, insurances do not cover damages and consequences of contamination. Therefore, it is important that homeowners take necessary precautions to prevent an infestation and save money in the future. Regular pest control service, an attic insulation with a pest control additive, and a moisture barrier in the crawl space can all help prevent and control the problem. Ace offers an integrated approach to all pest control and home service needs.


How to get rid of mice in the walls? How to get rid of mice in your house? How to prevent an infestation?


The house should be inspected for entry points and all gaps, holes, and cracks must be sealed. Declutter the home and keep storage boxes off the ground. All food should be stored in sealed containers. Pet food dishes should not be left out. Make sure that all window and chimney vent screens are intact and install weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on exterior doors. Firewood should not be stored right next to the house wall because it can harbor nesting sites. There is no secret about how to catch mice or how to repel mice, but a trained exterminator can provide valuable knowledge about types of mice, their habitats, and behaviors. After a free inspection the pest management professional will explain how to prevent and control an infestation.


What is the best way to get rid of mice and how does Ace treat for mice?


Our trained pest control professionals inspect the home and locate all entry points where exclusion work must be performed. After sealing all openings, a treatment plan can be established. Some articles claim that certain plants act as a mouse repellent but unfortunately there is no such thing as a home remedy when getting rid of mice. Catching mice can be challenging for homeowners. Ace uses a humane mouse trap baiting system that dehydrates the rodent and leads it to leave the property looking for a water source. We use this strategy to keep the mice from dying inside your home and causing an unpleasant smell. It is important that the homeowner and the exterminator work together to identify and eliminate not only the entry points but also food and water sources, such as open pet food dishes.


If you find yourself needing a trained professional to inspect your property, identify the pest that causes the nuisance, and establish a treatment plan, call Ace today for a free inspection.


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