The Trick To Keeping Mice Out Of Your Lewisville Property
January 15, 2021
If you saw a wild animal out on the street, would you just open your door and let them inside. Of course you wouldn’t! Why? Because you know wild animals are dangerous. The problem comes when this thought is blurred, and the wild animal outside is one that you might also adopt from a pet store. Mice are a great example of this. Despite being lovable and cuddly pets, mice are some of the most invasive and dangerous pests that exist. To keep mice out of your Lewisville property, here are a few tricks you should know.
The Common House Mouse
There are many different species of mice, but none you will find invading homes more commonly than the house mouse. This round and furry pest is best identified by its dusty grey coat, cream-colored belly, large ears, beady red or black eyes, and a long, thinly haired tail.
When left to their own devices, house mice will eat anything that appears remotely edible. This includes trash out of the garbage, food that has been forgotten beneath furniture, and occasionally, another sick or wounded mouse from their own mischief (a group of mice).
The Dangers Of Mice
Eating expired foods and living in unclean environments is not healthy for any individual. Because mice don’t know any life different than consuming and living around filth, these pests tend to pick up a large number of disease-causing organisms. They spread these organisms in the backs of cabinets, inside pantries, on counter tops, and around the areas where people eat.
Sometimes mice aren’t alone when they invade. Fleas and ticks love riding mice into homes. Once inside, these smaller parasitic pests will hop off mice and nestle into carpets or the fur of your indoor pets. What’s most bothersome is that both fleas and ticks also spread disease and often get homeowners and their pets sick.
How Mice Get Into Your Home
Mice are deceptively fluffy. What we mean by this is that their bodies do not look like they can fit through a hole the size of a nickel, but they sure can. If the exterior of your home has any damage wider than this, mice will have no problem squeezing their way inside. In addition to holes, gaps, and cracks, mice will also look for open or improperly screened windows and doors, unsealed utility piping, and other unique ways to get indoors.
Some Ways To Prevent Mice
Mice don’t pick and choose when it comes to which homes they invade, but they will leave a home if it does not provide them with their basic needs. To make your property less accessible and attractive to these rodent invaders, use these simple prevention tips.
- Using a caulking gun and some steel wool, seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Eliminate clutter and debris from around your yard.
- Keep your landscaping well maintained, and tree branches trimmed away from your home’s exterior.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
- Repair leaks in and around your homes.
- Fix broken window/door screens.
- Avoid leaving food out but instead, store leftovers inside airtight containers.
- Thoroughly clean beneath kitchen appliances and furniture.
- Clean up messes around your home as they happen.
- Reduce clutter around your home.
If mice have already invaded your Lewisville property or if you are looking for a simpler solution to keeping these pests away, the professionals at Texas Start Pest and Termites are here to help. Our team offers detailed services for rodent infestations of all shapes and sizes and would be happy to put our skill set to work for you.
Reach out to us today through our website or by phone to discuss our pest control options or to schedule a service visit for your Lewisville property.