It is often thought that our homes are only invaded by pests during the colder, winter months of the year, but this is simply not true. It goes without saying that the colder weather does encourage pests to go in search of warmth and shelter in our homes, but this can happen at any point in the year.
An unseasonably warm winter can lead to a sharp increase in the mice population come spring, leaving any lodging they do have cramped and confined which is often when they go searching for new shelter.
Is your Home a Target?
Mice are crafty when it comes to sneaking into your home – they can even fit into holes smaller than a 10p piece – so it is important to keep on top of home repairs both externally and internally. It is imperative that you find their entry route into your home as soon as possible and seal it before an infestation gets out of hand. Seal holes and crevices with caulk sealant as mice cannot gnaw their way through this.
Mice carry bacteria and diseases such as the Hantavirus Disease which can have very serious consequences should you come into contact with a rodent carrying it. You can catch it by contacting the mice, their urine and faeces and saliva.
Pest-Proofing Your Home
There are a number of methods of pest control to get rid of mice out there for the home-owner. Mice like to hide away out of sight in walls and floors where you can hear them scratching and chewing, but they will come out to feed.
There are a number of shop-bought traps that you can buy to control the mice invading your home. Mousetraps can be humane or used with the intention of killing the mice. You can also use poison in an attempt to curb the problem in your home, as well as plug-in ultrasonic waves that make life uncomfortable for the mice.
That being said, to ensure your home is pest-free as fast as possible, it is worth consulting with pest-control experts who have experience and knowledge that will aid prevention for the future, too.
Prevention is better than a cure – and it is relatively easy to ensure your home is free from mice.
Keep your bins clean and closed at all times. Do not store food, paper or magazines directly on the floor as it can attract mice. If you must, make use of plastic storage containers. Keep your home clean and tidy and having a cat around the house that likes to hunt is certainly helpful. Keep your garage and garden free from clutter, rubbish and debris to avoid attracting the mice in the first place.
Finding mice in your home is never pleasant but it can be easily remedied.