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A Mouse Prevention Handbook For Elizabethtown Homeowners

 

When mice get in, they can cause many issues. They can damage property, spread illness, and create unpleasant noises and smells. We're sure you would agree, your Elizabethtown home is definitely better without mice chewing holes, spreading bacteria, and leaving their waste everywhere. While we could list off many ways to mitigate the threat of rodents, the goal of this document is to give you insight into the behaviors of mice as it relates to infestation prevention. The more you know about mice, the more successful you will be at keeping them out.

Which Mouse Gets In?

If you see a mouse in your home, which is rare since they usually stay hidden, you're likely to see the species of mouse known as Mus musculus. Its common name is the house mouse. It was given this name because it commonly gets into homes. But it is not limited to homes. It can get into any man-made structure. Once inside, it is happy to stay. Forever. The house mouse will be our focus.

Why House Mice Get In

The reason these mice get into homes is that they come into close proximity to exterior walls and foundations and come in contact with an entry point or a vulnerable area that can be exploited. Reducing attractants will reduce mouse activity and prevent infestation.

  • Reduce puddles around your home.
  • Reduce hiding places near your home.
  • Keep trash in sealed containers.
  • Move bird feeders at least 20 feet from your home. Mice love birdseed.

How House Mice Get In

These mice are equipped to get into your Elizabethtown home. Here are a few of their many talents.

Chewers — Mice have teeth that never stop growing. They have to gnaw on things to file their teeth down. With these teeth, they can chew through the rubber weatherstripping around your doors in a few minutes. They can chew a hole through the wood frames in a few hours. Given a few days, they can chew their way through difficult materials such as plastic and wire mesh.

Prevention:
You can keep these chewers out by replacing items such as weatherstripping, screens, and door sweeps that have been damaged. If you see areas being chewed, cover them with metal flashing and fill in holes.

Jumpers — A mouse can jump a foot in the air. This allows them to gain access to places you may not expect.

Prevention:
You may need to use chicken wire to keep mice out of places they can jump into.

Climbers — The little claws on the feet of a mouse give it the ability to scale walls, door frames, furniture and other objects with incredible ease. It is well worth your time to search the internet for videos of mice climbing. It is an eye opener.  

Prevention:
Use wire mesh in your downspouts to keep mice from climbing up to your roof. Trim tree branches away from your roofline. Make sure all your vents have covers.

Squeezers — A full-sized, adult mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. This is because it is able to shift its internal organs and compact its body as it squeezes through.

Prevention:
Do routine inspections and use a caulking gun to fill in holes that mice have created, no matter how small those holes are.

Where House Mice Get In

A house mouse can get into your home through points at the very bottom to points at the very top. Here are a few of the many ways a mouse can enter your home using one of the talents listed above.

  • Cracks in your foundation
  • Gaps around plumbing pipes
  • Gaps around PVC pipes that contain wires
  • Weatherstripping and door sweeps around exterior doors
  • Window and door frames
  • The seals around the outside of window and door frame
  • Sole plates (also called sills)
  • Vents and ventilation ducts
  • Soffits, eaves and fascia
  • Seals around roof penetrations
  • Chimneys

When House Mice Get In

At night. Mice are mostly nocturnal. You can go to bed at night and wake up with a hole in your home. Strobe lights with motion sensors can scare mice, rats, and other wildlife away.

Professional Rodent Prevention

The best way to prevent rodents from getting in is to have a licensed pest control professional install tamper-resistant traps around your home to monitor rodent activity and remove rodents from your property. At Action Pest Control, we use a variety of trapping methods to give you the best results possible. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule service. 

 

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