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Do You Have a Mouse in Your House? (Infographic)

January 21, 2019

Finding unwanted pests in your home or business can cause quite the scare. When discovering a mice infestation inside your home, knowing where they came from is crucial. This helps the mice exterminators fix the problem area and prevent mice from coming back. Rodents, such as mice can carry various diseases into your home or business as well as cause significant damage. Learn more about how mice can enter your home and when you know it's time to call a rodent control company.

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How do mice get inside?

Mice tend to make their way into your home through holes and cracks typically found in floors, walls, and foundations. In addition to these entry points, they may also squeeze their way through gaps in ceilings, windows, dryer vents, and even sewer lines. One of the top ways for them to get inside is when mice enter through the garage, either through a gap at the bottom of the door or through faulty overhead garage doors. This is especially true when the rubber seal is either missing or damaged. Many homeowners do not notice mouse holes until signs of mice infestations become increasingly relevant. Since mice tend to be small in size, they are capable of fitting into holes as small as one-fourth inch thick.

What time of year do mice enter your home?

The most popular time of year mice enter your home and create mice infestations is early fall. As temperatures continue to drop, they seek out warm shelters they feel are safe. Mice have tremendous reproductive activity, typically giving birth to five to ten litters in a single year alone. With that in mind, once in your home, the population will most likely grow at a rapid rate, making rodent control critical. If you notice signs of rodents in your home, you should call your local mice exterminator right away!

Where do mice go once in your home?

Once mice have entered your home, especially in the cooler months, they begin to build their nest. From newspaper pieces to various fabric, mice will use anything they can find to create their "home." They enjoy living in hidden areas of your home such as storage boxes, lofts, wall interiors, attics and more. Since mice rarely leave their nest in the daylight, you will first notice a mice infestation if you see scattered scraps and nesting materials or you hear them through their gnawing and clawing sounds. You'll usually find them in locations that are not disturbed often:

  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Attics
  • Garages and sheds
  • Vents and pipes

What are they looking for?

When mice make their way into your home or business, they are typically seeking out shelter. With that, they are also in need of food and water. As they scour your home they will leave droppings and urine along the way, contaminating everything in their path. Once in your pantry or storage space, rodents will typically chew through packaging to get to the food. Rodents that succeed may also be the cause of foodborne illnesses that transmits when a person drinks or eats contaminated water or food. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rodents can also directly transmit diseases to humans, such as:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

How do I prevent mice from entering?

The most efficient, long term, way to keep mice from entering your home is to "build them out." Eliminate all possible entry points, such as faulty overhead garage doors where the rubber seal is either missing or damaged, to keep mice from making their way inside:

How To Detect If You Have a Faulty Overhead Garage Door Seal

You can determine if you have a faulty overhead door seal by closing the door while you are inside the garage. From there, look at the bottom of the overhead garage door with the lights out. If you can see any daylight, replace the seal.

How do I remove mice?

The two primary tactics used to eliminate mice infestations from your home include baits or traps. However, these strategies require special care when there are children and pets within the home. Along with traps, seal entry points to keep mice out long term. Inspect cracks and openings in overhead garage door seals, foundations, vents, water pipes, and utilities with concrete or metal. If you find that you have a faulty garage door seal, contact an overhead door professional and ask them to install a new door threshold seal.

Rodent Control in Des Moines

Are mice infestations wreaking havoc in your home or business? As central Iowa's leading commercial pest control service, our dedicated technicians will solve your pest control needs immediately. Make an appointment with our rodent control company and receive service you can rely on.


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