We regularly receive phone calls from shocked and concerned Damascus homeowners due to the discovery of mice in their homes or on their property.
The presence of mice doesn’t indicate that your home is unclean. Mice are adept at finding even the smallest accessible morsels, like the crumbs under a high chair or an unfinished bowl of dog food.
While mice are pretty adorable, they can carry disease and cause a lot of damage to your home and property. And they reproduce very rapidly. A single female mouse can have up to 10 litters per year!
It’s important to act quickly if you see evidence of mice in your home. The goal is to eradicate the problem quickly, before the population multiplies and you have hundreds of the little critters running through the walls and ceilings of your home!
Tips for Preventing Mice Infestations
As fall approaches and the night time temperature in Damascus cools, mice begin looking for a comfortable indoor environment. This is the most common time of year for a mouse infestation to take hold, so it’s important to be vigilant and proactive.
Like all living things, mice are drawn to an environment that supports them with shelter, food, and water. The goal with prevention is to make your home and property an inhospitable environment for these pests by eliminating food sources and sealing up entry points.
Trust us, we’re pros when it comes to eradicating a mouse infestation for our neighbors, but it’s always more pleasant (and much less gross!) to take the necessary steps to prevent a mice problem from taking hold than it is to deal with a full blown infestation.
Keep mice out of your trash and recycling
Empty your trash can and wash out the bin regularly. Mice are attracted to the smell of rotting food and the longer the garbage sits in the can the more intensely it will begin to smell.
Mice are not just looking for food sources, they are also seeking bedding. Any time you discard something soft, make sure that it doesn’t sit outside for too long.
Keep mice away from your bird feeders
In a diverse habitat like Damascus, the bird watching is exquisite. You don’t even have to leave your home to do it! But in addition to attracting birds, a bird feeder can also be enticing to mice. If you’re not careful about sanitation, you can end up with a mouse infestation.
Anyone who has a bird feeder knows that birds aren’t the neatest eaters. They spread bird seed all over the place when they feast. Some bird feeders have a tray to catch the seed. There are also seed blends that are considered “no waste”, which means that seed hulls and fillers are mostly eliminated. If spills do occur, pick them up quickly.
It can also be helpful to position the feeder far from entry points to the home and high up from the ground. A metal pole is more difficult for a mouse to climb than a tree branch.
Keep mice out of your compost compost piles
Mice are somewhat picky about their sleeping arrangements and they prefer soft and dry bedding. One of the most helpful methods of keeping mice out of a compost pile is to soak the compost pile in the fall. If there are times during the winter when the temperature is warm, soak the pile again as an added deterrent.
Fill holes in your foundation to keep mice away
The foundation of your home is an easy entry point for mice, mostly because it’s low to the ground and on their level. Mice can come through a hole that is as small as nickel, so it’s important to seal up any cracks or gaps.
On a bright and sunny day, go into your home’s basement or crawl space and look for spaces where the light shines through. Use a mortar patching solution to seal holes.
Keep plant growth away from foundation to deter mice
Keep plants and shrubs a few feet away from your home’s foundation to prevent a comfortable place for mice to hide and gain access to your home.
It can also be helpful to keep the soil level near your home dug down as far as possible so mice don’t have an easy way to access gaps under the siding from a high point in the soil.
Mice in Your Damascus Home? Call Aspen Pest Control
As Aspen Pest Control, we use a thorough and proven approach to eradicating the rodents and pests that infest your home.
Our techniques are child- and pet-safe and involve bait, trapping, and exclusion techniques. Our goal is not simply to get rid of the pest issue that you’re currently experiencing, but to prevent future infestations from occurring.
Aspen Pest Control has extensive experience in solving pest problems for our neighbors in Damascus. When you choose us, you can feel assured that your pest control problem will be a thing of the past.
Our results are 100% guaranteed. Our commitment to all of our customers is based on results.. Our team of experts is here to assist you and your family every step of the way.
Are you currently experiencing a mouse problem? Do you have questions about our treatment plans? Not sure where to start? Please reach out to us. Our quotes are always free. Call today to learn more about how we can support you in living a pest-free less stressful life.