As the temps begin to cool do mice become a problem in your home? Before long, those unwanted guests will be heading indoors looking for shelter and a meal. Unfortunately, even the cleanest homes are at risk. So it’s important that you are taking steps towards preventing mice this winter. No home is safe unless properly protected.
Why Is Preventing Mice This Winter Important?
The damage they cause can range from small scratches on surfaces to chewed electrical wires. This, of course, is a major fire hazard! Despite their small size, you’d be surprised at the damage mice can cause. This is because mice have a constant need to chew to keep their teeth short; their front incisors don’t stop growing.
If the thought of potential damage isn’t enough to drive you mad, how about the scratching noises they make that just might keep you up at night. Along with that, the thought of one scurrying across the floor at any time day or night can be downright frightening.
Did we forget to mention that they get into your food and spread some dangerous diseases to you, your family and your pets? Once mice gain access to your home, they will rip open boxes and bags of food. You will then need to throw away anything mice have touched since they spread a ton of diseases and bacteria. They can also bring parasites like fleas and ticks into your home causing another infestation. And the dried feces mice leave around your home can cause an allergic reaction in some people. We can all agree that having mice in your home can be very dangerous.
Do I Have Mice?
Mice prefer basements and attics, as the darkness, moisture, and clutter provide a great place to discreetly raise a family. They are known to be little Houdini’s that are capable of fitting through holes smaller than their own bodies. The rule of thumb is, if there is a hole the size of a pen cap, mice can get in.
You should inspect your property and home for obvious signs of an infestation, like their feces. The mice in your home leave tiny black droppings that are shaped like rice. These droppings are often discovered along walls, in cupboards, pantries, and under furniture. Look for gnarled and damaged food, chewed objects and electrical wires as well.
Four Season Maintenance Program
Get ahead of the mice this year and prevent an infestation by starting now with GreenStar Termite and Pest Control. The mice won’t have a chance to invade your Northern Virginia home with our Four Season Maintenance program.
- With our initial treatment, we work to get rid of unwanted pests. This includes a comprehensive exterior treatment to stop annoying pests from returning.
- We then return the following month and then every 3 months after to be sure your home is pest-free.
- We protect you from the common pests in your area each season. Which includes mice and rats.
No matter what season it is, GreenStar Termite and Pest Control will ready for each pest that may invade your home. Ensuring that you don’t have any unexpected pests taking up residency there.
Preventing mice this winter is clearly important. The earlier you start mouse prevention, the easier it will be to keep them out. If you wait until mice have invaded, it will be that much more difficult to stop the problem. Give us a call today, find out more, ask us questions, sign up for an inspection and for services at GreenStar Termite and Pest Control in the Northern Virginia area.