The Best Way To Get Rid Of Mice In Your Houston Home
November 15, 2022 - Mice
We think it is safe to argue that most people don't want to share their house with strangers. We don't mind friends and family visiting or staying with us, but having an uninvited guest is not an option. So, when rodents like mice unexpectedly enter our houses, we want them out fast! Mice may be cute, but they are not cuddly, and they can cause many problems for homeowners.
If mice are in your house, or you suspect you have uninvited guests living in the crawlspace, basement, attic, or walls, get the Houston pest control professionals from Texas Termite Terminators. Since 1991 we have removed rodents like mice from local homes and provided our customers with peace of mind. Over the decades, we have had many questions regarding this rodent, so please keep reading as we answer those inquiries.
How To Tell If It's Mice In Your Home
Hearing strange noises in your Houston home can be from mice or the typical house creaking and popping. Look for the following to determine if you have a mouse infestation:
- Droppings: Mice feces are rod-shaped with pointed ends, whereas a rat's droppings are also rod-shaped but with blunt ends. Mouse droppings are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long and may be hard or soft depending on age.
- Tracks: Mice leave four and five-toed prints when they travel across dusty surfaces. Sprinkling talcum powder in areas you suspect mice are present will reveal their footprints.
- Chew marks: Like all rodents, mice constantly gnaw to keep their incisor teeth from growing too big.
- Rub marks: Mice have oily fur that attracts dirt and grim, and when they rub against walls, corners, and objects, they leave a smear mark.
- Odor: Mice use urine to lead other mice to food sources. You may notice a strong smell when you have a mouse infestation in the house.
- Pathways: When mice find a food source, they create a nest nearby and travel the same path between the nest and the supply. This trail will become littered with droppings, urine stains, rub marks, uneaten food, and tracks.
- Damage: Mice chew electrical wiring, food products, wood, insulation, storage boxes, and more, damaging the materials and products.
Take action when you see these signs of a mouse infestation in your Dallas-Fort Worth house.
You Don't Have To Touch Mice For Them To Make You Sick
Mice spread numerous diseases in many ways. Since rotten food, animal feces, and waste attract mice, they ingest disease-causing organisms as they forage for food in these filthy areas. Later, when the mice enter a house, they defecate on kitchen countertops, inside cabinets, pantries, and cooking surfaces. The bacteria and viruses on these surfaces transfer to humans when they contact these areas.
Although one might think that dried mouse droppings are no longer a problem, think again! As the feces deteriorates, polluted particles become airborne; allergic reactions may occur when small children inhale the floating feces.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Mouse Infestation
Catching a few mice in a trap will not stop an infestation of mice. The best way to remove mice is to use mouse control in Dallas-Fort Worth from Texas Termite Terminators. When you schedule your inspection for our rodent-control services, our technicians will determine the mouse species invading your home, their hot spots, and entry points. We then develop a comprehensive, custom treatment strategy that includes flushing out the rodents and exclusion to prevent them from returning.
Five Simple Tips To Prevent Future Mouse Problems
Once our team from Texas Termite Terminators has removed the mice, you can prevent their return by implementing these five prevention tips:
- Seal dime-sized or larger cracks in the foundation, along the roofline, and around frames.
- Keep outdoor garbage cans closed and compost piles covered.
- Maintain a yard free from debris and animal feces.
- Provide proper drainage to the yard and eliminate objects that hold water for long periods.
- Remove pet food bowls from the yard.
Texas Termite Terminators is your mouse pest control company. Contact us today!