What are mice?
Mice are a small species of commensal rodents. Commensal means “to share our table,” and species of mice like house mice and field mice have come to rely on people to provide them with their basic needs. Both species are common invaders of Georgia homes and businesses.
House mice are small rodents with an oval-shaped body covered in gray, brown, or black fur. Field mice have fur on the topside of their body that is light to dark reddish-brown, while the fur on their underside, legs, and feet is white. While their appearance differs slightly like all rodents, both house mice and field mice have front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life.
Are mice dangerous?
Despite their small size, mice are quite dangerous. These rodents are known for being prolific breeders, so if one mouse has found a way into your home, it likely won’t be long until there are many more. A mouse infestation is problematic for many reasons, including the following:
- They contaminate surfaces and your family’s food with their urine, excrement, and saliva.
- They are vectors of diseases that make people ill.
- Their shed skins and waste can trigger allergies.
- The combination of their feces, urine, and nesting materials leads to a musty, unpleasant odor developing in your home.
- A mouse will use its sharp front incisors to damage wires, cables, drywall, flooring, furniture, clothing, and more.
Why do I have a mouse problem?
Mice are attracted to our Georgia homes because they provide these small creatures with the things they need for survival. Our trash cans, compost, gardens, and bird feeders provide them with plenty of food, our yards offer shelter and sources of moisture, and the inside of our homes give these rodents a safe, secure place for them to nest and escape harsh elements.
Mice can become a problem any time of the year, but in the south tend to be most problematic during the winter season when the weather is coolest.
Where will I find mice?
Mice that have moved into our homes go to quiet areas that keep them hidden. Basements, closets, attics, and cabinets are some of their favorite hangouts and nesting spots. Mice are nocturnal and will rest during the day and emerge at night to forage for food. If mice are in your house, you will likely hear them scurrying above its ceilings or behind walls at night.
As their name describes, house mice are common invaders of homes and other structures. They thrive almost anywhere, including urban, suburban, and rural locations. On the other hand, field mice tend to be most problematic in yards and homes near parks, fields, and other open spaces.
How do I get rid of mice?
Don’t let mice become your new roommates; guard your property against these pests with the help of Ennis Exterminating. Our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals will get to the bottom of your pest problems. We will ensure that you are no longer sharing your home with mice through effective treatments and follow-up services.
For home or business owners looking for a one-time treatment or the benefits of recurring services, we can help! If you live in Fayetteville or surrounding areas, reach out to us today to learn more about our effective rodent control solutions!
How can I prevent mice in the future?
Mice will think twice about using your yard and home as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Keep mice out by using a caulking gun to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.
- Use steel wool to seal spaces around utilities like wires and cables that are entering your home.
- Replace loose mortar and weatherstripping around basement windows.
- Keep garage and shed doors closed when not in use.
- Always keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.
- Remove bird feeders from your yard.
- Make your yard less attractive to mice by removing fallen trees, tree stumps, and woodpiles from your yard where they could seek refuge.
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