Homeowners will most often see mice scampering through their residence in the fall and winter seasons due to the cold; however, mice can live in homes year-round in North Carolina. If you see one mouse in your home, there is a likely chance that more have already broken in through openings and entryways and burrowed away in the walls, under the stairs and in other warm crevices of your home.
Unveiling the Mystery of Mice
Mice are more common and cause significantly more damage than rats in a home. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and a female mouse can start reproducing as early as 2 months old, having up to 150 babies a year.
Basic facts on house mice:
• Although small, mice can eat up to 20 times a day.
• Mice are good jumpers, swimmers and climbers.
• A house mouse produces between 40 and 100 fecal droppings each day.
• Mice can survive in a lab for up to two years but usually only live for about five months on their own in the wild (mostly because of predators).
RODENT PREVENTION AND AVOIDANCE PRACTICES
Mice infestations can happen overnight, and it’s best to catch them while still in the beginning stages so as to minimize the damage done. Expenses for loss of contaminated personal property due to droppings and urine, electrical fires and issues due to mice gnawing on wires, and transmission of diseases are some costly examples of the negative consequences of an infestation. This being said, it is always easier to avoid the situation if possible.
Here are ten simple tips to rodent prevention:
- Repair damaged door and window screens.
- Install door sweeps on all outside doors.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal up cracks and fix holes on the exterior of your home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home using caulk, steel wool or a combination of the two.
- Store food in sealed containers and don’t let trash build up.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.
- Eliminate moisture sites, including leaky pipes and clogged drains that provide breeding sites for pests.
- Inspect items such as delivery boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep landscaping trimmed with bushes cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest expert to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Prevention methods such as those mentioned above, specifically maintaining a tidy, clutter and crumb-free environment, can help you avoid the problem altogether. If it’s already too late, a pest control company like Truly Nolen Charlotte can implement a successful and highly effective rodent control strategy, involving sanitation, rodent-proofing and population management. Call 704-910-2936 to schedule an inspection.