Why do I have a mouse problem?
Mice enter into homes because they are searching for three things-food, water and shelter. Mice are attracted to and will enter inside of homes and other buildings that offer easy access to all three of those things.
How do mice get inside?
It is important to know that mice only need a space the diameter of a pencil to enter into an area. Mice enter in homes through cracks and crevices found in foundations, exterior walls, and roof lines. They can also enter through chimneys, gaps found around exterior windows and doors, and through the spaces found around utility entrances into your home.
How do I know if I have mice in the house?
Mice are not courteous house guests and will leave behind several signs of the presence when in your home:
Discovering chew marks or holes in bags of pet food, bird seed, and in bags of dry goods in your pantry.
Finding mouse droppings (similar in shape to rice, but black in color). You will most likely see them along the walls, in cabinets, and drawers.
Hearing scratching sounds or squeaks in the ceiling or behind your walls in the night.
Seeing a mouse- it is not uncommon for homeowners to view a mouse scurry across a room.
Are mice dangerous?
Mice are considered to be a dangerous pest to have living in your home. Mice leave behind a constant trail of urine and feces as they travel, causing the food and food prep areas in your home to become contaminated. They can introduce a variety of diseases into your home including lymphocytic choriomeningitis, salmonellosis, mycoplasma, leptospirosis and dysentery. They can also introduce other parasites like fleas and mites into your home and damage the structure of your home through their constant chewing.
How do I get rid of mice?
The best way to quickly and completely get rid of a mouse problem is with the help of a pest control expert. Professionals know exactly how to remove mice from your home, and then will take the necessary steps to prevent a re-infestation. At Allgood, we have rodent control services and home pest control that include protection from rodents available to help you.