How Mice Get In
To some, mice are harmless and even cute while others are reduced to a hysterical mess, quivering at the mere sight of one.
Either way, mice in your home are a problem. They carry diseases such as salmonella, e-coli and listeria in their urine and droppings and they contaminate food. They are also a serious fire risk. They can chew through electrical cables, insulation, timber, aluminium and gas lines. If you see one, there are possibly hundreds more hiding under the floorboards.
Here’s a look at how they manage to get inside, where they hide and what you can do to get rid of them.
How They Get In
Mice are burrowing creatures and are adept at squeezing through very tight spaces. Their fur makes them seem larger, but their actual body size is tiny. They have strong legs, long narrow bodies and no collarbones, so if their head can squeeze through a hole, then so can the rest of their body.
A determined, hungry mouse will find an entry point into your home. It could be a crack or hole in the wall or floors, gaps in the windows, through loose fitting ceiling lights, down the chimney or through soffit ventilation grilles.
Mice can jump, climb and swim and it’s not unknown for them to climb up sewerage waste pipes, oven gas lines and up in through your sinks, bath or shower.
Where They Hide
Mice sleep during the day and come out at night to forage for food. They are very timid so search for quiet, safe refuges in attic spaces, in the inner walls and under floorboards. They are very fast and difficult to see but their presence is often detected by droppings, bite and gnaw marks on furniture and cables and scratch marks on the floor.
Getting Rid Of Them
Once they’ve invaded your home, mice are notoriously difficult to get rid of; and remember, you’re never just dealing with a solitary mouse. The best solution is to call in a professional mouse extermination company. They will be able to thoroughly and effectively treat your home and also give advice on prevention measures. These include:
Terminate Pest Control offers an effective mice extermination service. Contact us today for more information.
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