Mice are incredible jumpers and climbers. A typical mouse can use its ability to jump and climb to scale a smooth vertical wall that is up to 13 inches high. But that is only the beginning. If a mouse can get a few footholes, a determined mouse can climb up the side of a brick building like spiderman and traverse a stucco wall with the proficiency of a trained rock climber. This is important to understand if you want to keep mice out of your home. If you're only looking for low entry points, you're not going to be successful at keeping mice out. Here are a few more commonly asked questions about mice.
Can mice see in the dark?
Mice are nocturnal by nature, and they seem to be able to get around quite well in the dark. This might lead you to think that they can see without light. But mice don't use their eyesight to get around. They use their other senses. The eyesight of a mouse is quite poor. But that doesn't keep them from moving around in the dark like a trained Navy SEAL with a pair of infrared goggles.
What attracts mice to a house?
Most of the questions we commonly get about mice are more directly related to mouse pests—like this one. Many factors can make a home attractive to mice. You may be surprised by some of them:
Dense landscaping. Mice are extremely skittish. They are more likely to explore the exterior of a home that has lots of places to give them cover.
Firewood. If you keep firewood near your home, you can expect to have trouble with mice. Firewood gives mice many places to hide and many food options to choose from.
Birdseed. If you have bird feeders, the seeds that drop to the ground are going to be a strong attractant for mice. Seeds are a primary food source for mice.
Water. If you have a water source, mice will come to take a drink. This can be a puddle on the ground or water collected by an object sitting in your yard.
How do I keep mice out of my house?
If you don't want mice in your home, the first step is to remove food and water options around your home. Once this is done, you need to consider exclusion. Here are some examples:
Put wire mesh in downspouts to prevent mice from climbing up to your roof.
Trim tree branches away from your roofline.
Trim bushes and shrubs to remove hiding places.
Remove objects that are near your exterior walls.
Seal any gaps or holes in your exterior.
Use metal flashing to bolster points that are being chewed on by mice.
Does one mouse mean I have an infestation?
While we can't say for sure, we would say that it is likely. Mice love living in man-made structures. If a mouse has gotten into your home, it is going to stay. Once inside, it will breed more mice. But, the most important fact to consider is that mice don't like to be seen. If you see one mouse, your home likely has a large mouse population.
How do I get rid of mice?
It is extremely difficult to get rid of mice. They have an uncanny knack for avoiding traps and staying hidden. If you detect mice inside your home, we strongly recommend contacting a licensed pest control professional. If you live in Lexington, Action Pest Control is the right choice. We offer industry-leading rodent control, and we employ highly trained pest professionals.
How do I detect mice?
If you've heard noises and you're wondering whether or not you have mice in your home, there are a few ways you can remove all doubt:
Inspect the insulation in your attic. If you find matted-down nests or fresh droppings littered about, you have a mouse infestation.
Inspect hiding places in your kitchen and pantry. Look in the cabinet under your kitchen sink or look behind an appliance. If you find fresh droppings, you have a mouse infestation.
We hope these answers have helped to give you insight into mice. If you ever need assistance with a mouse problem, or you'd like proactive mouse control for your Lexington home, take action and call Action Pest Control. We're always standing by to help.
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