Avoiding Mice Problems In Alexander City This Fall
October 15, 2019 - Mice
We don’t often think about how lucky we are to live in temperature-controlled homes. When the weather gets cold during the winter, we get to stay nice and cozy within the safety of our homes. Rodents don’t have this luxury so they sometimes look to sneak into our homes. For this reason, wintertime is prime time for rodent invasions. If you are worried about rodents getting into your Alexander City home this fall, we have some tips you can use to keep them out.
How To Tell If Mice Have Gotten Inside
It can sometimes be difficult to know if your home has mice, mainly because they spend their days hiding inside walls and they don’t come out until the sun goes down. Luckily for you, they are not great at covering up their tracks. Take a look around your home. If you have mice, it is not difficult to tell. Here are some things you can look for.
- Pellets of fecal matter inside drawers, cabinets, and cupboards.
- Holes chewed through walls and or cardboard boxes.
- Torn up fabric.
Gnaw marks on furniture.
- Electrical outlets not working or lights mysteriously going out despite having working bulbs.
- Scampering or scratching noises inside your walls or attic spaces.
Dangers & Damage That Come With Mice
As we have already mentioned, mice are prone to chewing on things and leaving their fecal matter where it doesn’t belong. Through the excrement and urine they leave behind, dangerous diseases can be spread. If you are not careful when cleaning up after mice, you could get very sick. If that wasn’t enough, their incessant chewing can lead to some fairly significant damage inside a home, beyond just a few gnaw marks. For instance, if a mouse chews through a utility pipe in your walls, it could lead to a leak that damages the wood of your home. If they chew through electrical wiring, it could start a fire, given the right circumstances. Needless to say, you do not want mice living in your home this winter!
Basic Mice Prevention Tips
- Use plastic containers to store leftover food where mice can’t gain access to it.
- Repackage food that comes in cardboard boxes inside plastic or metal containers.
- Seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior using a caulking gun and wire mesh. It’s good to keep in mind that mice can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel, so be sure to inspect your foundation thoroughly.
- Keep your yard clutter-free as much as possible.
- Make sure your garbage bins all have tight-fitting lids.
How To Deal With Mice If They Invade
Our hope is that the above tips keep your home mice free this winter. However, if mice do manage to get inside your home, you have a few options. First, if you believe the infestation is small (only a mouse or two) setting down traps baited with peanut butter may be enough. For larger infestations, give the professionals here at Top Gun a call. We have the tools and experience needed to quickly and efficiently remove rodents from your home. To find out more about how we can get and keep your home rodent-free, reach out to us today. We would be happy to discuss your options and find a plan that works best for you.