Pest Guide: What to Know About Mice

How to Know If You Have Mice

Mice have a few common identifying features that separate them from other rodent infestations. Mice range from 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches, from nose to tail. Mice love to chew on items around your home because their front incisors are constantly growing. They tend to leave clean cuts, unlike chew marks with rough edges other rodents leave. Mice droppings also have a distinctive shape and look like little dark brown or black rice grains.

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Where Do Mice Live?

Mouse in house chewing wire

Mice will stick to one corner of your home if they move in. They are more territorial than many other rodents and will get to know everything about their chosen habitat. That also makes them curious animals; they will be eager to explore if anything changes in their surroundings. If mice move into your home, they will typically choose the following areas:

  • Attics: Mice are good climbers and can occupy an attic, using old clothing or insulation as nesting material.
  • Inside Walls: Gaps within walls can form ideal habitats for mice. They can slip through gaps between your siding outside, primarily through holes at the bottom corners. Once inside, they can make a home between studs.
  • Basements: The dark, moist basement habitat provides safety and cover for mice, and often food if there is planet matter or stores foods on the floor.
  • Cabinets: Mice can move into cabinets inside your home, living close to food stores in your pantry. They can squeeze into tight spaces and are highly intelligent, meaning they could be close to you for a long time without you knowing.

Common Questions About Mice

Though some find them cute and cuddly, mice are dangerous pests inside your home. They can chew through electrical wiring and potentially start fires. Their droppings can also transmit diseases, especially if mice rummage through your food or kitchen.

If you’re hearing bumps at night, it could be mice running inside your home. Mice are nocturnal creatures who explore new habitats and look for food after the sun goes down. If you hear faint scratching through a wall, you may hear them chewing on parts of your home or scratching on wood or insulation.

Mice can breed rapidly, and it can be hard to know if you remove all of them from your home if you try handling an infestation on your own. A professional exterminator can ensure your home is mice-free and advise you on preventing re-infestation. They also have a variety of humane methods to remove ice from your home.

Tips for Preventing Mice

  • Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Inspect and seal gaps on the exterior and interior of your home.
  • Remove garbage from home frequently.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Keep garage and other doors closed.
  • Seal gaps around your garage doors.
  • Mow the lawn and trim trees around the house.
  • Keep foundation, mortar, and weather-protective measures up to date and repaired.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Mice

My Pest Pros is an award-winning team with the experience dealing with some of the worst mouse infestations you can imagine. Our team of skilled professionals knows how to locate mice and exterminate them properly. We use EPA-registered products for pest control purposes, ensuring that our products are the most effective and safest for you and your family. For extra safety, our technicians are expertly trained in applying the products in such a way to protect your pets and children.

Because of how dangerous mice are in the home, our team will be at your location as soon as possible. It’s our goal to be at the property as soon as the same day or the next to effectively rid your home of mice as soon as we can.

With our protection plans, the tiny household invaders will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits. These visits are effective at treating and preventing mouse infestations.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your mice problems, today and tomorrow.

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