The Official Akron House Mouse Prevention Guide
September 17, 2021 - Mice
Do you own any pets? If so, how big are they? Some people love having big dogs and will adopt breeds like St. Bernards or Tiberian mastiffs. Other people prefer smaller, low-maintenance animals like goldfish. There are even some who enjoy owning rodents, such as mice and rats. Out of all of these pets, which do you think would become pests if allowed to roam freely around your home? Rodents, of course.
These small furry creatures are kept in metal cages for a reason. When let out, unsupervised, rodents quickly revert to their sneaky and problematic nature. What makes things worse is that you don’t have to buy a rodent for one to get into your home. These pests exist in the wild and invade homes regularly. One rodent you should know about is the house mouse. To help you keep this pest out of your Akron home, use this simple prevention guide.
Understand Your Enemy
House mice are practically built to get into homes. To start, these small pests are capable of squeezing through gaps and holes that are the diameter of a nickel. If a hole is not big enough to squeeze through, house mice can chew on it until it is. Their teeth are strong enough to gnaw through materials like wood, plastic, vinyl siding, soft concrete, and aluminum sheeting. Finally, mice are dexterous. It is not uncommon for them to scale walls in order to climb inside through windows.
Seal Your Home’s Exterior
Your home may seem protected, but it may not have the needed defenses to keep out pests like house mice. To make sure your living areas are secured, here are some exclusion tips to use:
- Locate and seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and gaps around window/door frames.
- Make sure your window/door screens are rip/tear-free.
- Install door sweeps under doors leading out of your home.
- When not in use, keep unscreened windows and doors closed.
- Repair damage to your home’s siding.
- Make sure your garage door is properly sealed.
- Install metal screens over exterior vents and outputs.
Address Rodent Attractants
Rodents come onto properties looking for food, water, and shelter. They find these three necessities in a variety of ways. To limit their access to these things, clean your home and yard regularly, make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids, organize your storage areas, pick up after your pets, store leftover food inside airtight containers, and address moisture issues like leaky piping and broken/dirty drains.
Understand Your Limitations
Keeping up with rodent prevention is difficult. Getting house mice out of your living areas after they have invaded is extremely difficult. If one of these pests has recently invaded your home and you have some extra time on your hands, here is what we recommend:
- Arm snapping traps with peanut butter. Place them in areas you think mice are traveling.
- Monitor your infestation for two weeks, disposing of trapped rodents and replacing traps as needed.
- If mice are still present, call a professional.
Know When To Call A Professional
Mice are prolific breeders and are known for the many diseases they carry and spread. To stay safe, and quickly remove these pests from your living areas, trust the experts at Promise Pest Control LLC. Our team offers detailed services to identify, eliminate, and prevent problematic rodents like house mice.
All you have to do is give us a fair shot. We will prove why we are Akron’s premier choice for home pest control and commercial pest management services. Contact us now if you have questions and schedule your Akron property for an inspection.