Mastering Mouse Infestations In Queen Creek
November 15, 2019
It is one thing to have someone break into your home. It is a whole different story to have someone who has broken in stick around and claim your home as their own. Of course, we are not talking about human invaders but small and furry rodent invaders. Today we are talking about mice, why they want to get into your home and all of the reasons they are the last house guests you want sharing your living spaces.
How To Identify A Rodent Infestation
Our hope is that as you are reading this, your Queen Creek home is rodent-free. If you are sure you have rodents, you can skip down a section. If you don’t know for certain, follow these steps to find out.
- Check your baseboards. Do you see any holes in your wall voids that weren’t there before? These entryways could have been chewed by mice as a way to get in and out of the safety of your walls.
- Inspect around your home for holes.
- Investigate boxes of food in your cabinets for holes. If holes are found, throw the food away as it has probably been contaminated by rodents.
- Look inside cabinets and around pantries for small brown/black, rice-shaped, fecal matter. If fecal matter is found, use protective gear when cleaning it up to avoid getting sick.
- Listen late at night for the sound of mice running around in your ceiling and wall voids.
- Check outlets and lights around your home to make sure your circuitry is working properly. This is not a definite sign of rodents, but paired with any of the above signs can help you know if you are dealing with mice.
The Hazards of Mice
Mice are not as harmless as they look. In fact, mice are among the most dangerous pests you could have living in your home. This is due to a few things.
- Mice can spread disease through their urine and fecal matter.
- Mice can carry other smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and mites.
- Fleas, ticks, and mites can also spread dangerous diseases.
- Mice can chew through walls and ceilings causing structural damage to your home.
- Mice can chew through electrical wires, potentially starting a fire in your walls.
- Mice can chew through utility piping which could lead to water damage.
How To Prevent Mice From Getting Inside Your Home
If you have followed the above steps and are certain your Queen Creek home is mouse-free, you can now work to make sure it stays that way. Here is what we suggest you do.
- Find and seal gaps in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun and wire mesh.
- Store leftover food inside plastic containers.
- Clean up food and drink messes as they happen.
- Make sure your outside trash cans have tightly sealing lids.
- Keep your yard clean of clutter.
How All Clear Can Help With Mice
If mice have invaded your Queen Creek home, you do not have to live with them. All Clear Pest Control is here to help. Our technicians know how to deal with mice and would be happy to get your home rodent-free. We also have the tools and equipment to protect your home against a wide variety of pests including mice.
For any questions about how we handle mice, or to schedule an appointment for your Queen Creek home, give us a call today.