“Typically mice will start entering homes as the weather starts to cool down for warmth,” said Dr. Richard Cooper, staff entomologist for Cooper Pest Solutions. “However, this year we see unprecedented rodent activity and I haven’t seen activity like this in the 30 years that I’ve been involved with pest management.”
Dr. Cooper went on to add, “We’ve had extensive rodent activity in homes and commercial structures all summer long and it typically gets worse as the cooler weather approaches because they are seeking warmer temperatures.”
How Did the Mice Get Into My House?
What many homeowners don’t realize is that mice can squeeze through holes much smaller than their body size, making it possible for them to into your home through even the smallest of holes on the exterior of your home. Mice can actually fit into holes as small as a dime and can quickly slip into your home unnoticed.
“Mice only need a ¼ inch gap to enter your home,” Dr. Cooper said. “So homeowners need to seal up any obvious gaps around entry doors, garage doors, and utility penetration points that are a ¼ of an inch or larger.”
If you take a walk around the exterior of your home and notice any openings, no matter how small, that could be a point-of-entry. Mice can enter within small openings near electrical, gas, water or even air conditioning connections that lead into your home.
“There may also be gaps that aren’t visibly accessible which are covered by siding or moldings, that can allow rodents to get in,” said Dr. Cooper. “Rodents can find entry points that you might not even be aware of.”
Ways to Keep the Mice Out
There are some ways that you can help keep the mice from entering your home.
Do a Visual Home Inspection
First things first, conduct a visual inspection along the exterior perimeter of your home followed by an interior inspection, by doing so, you will be alerted of any possible entry points.
Upon inspection completion, if you find small holes or cracks in the foundation, fill them in with either caulk, metal or cement. By filling in the entry points, this will greatly reduce your chances of having a family of mice make their home inside of your house. Also, be sure that no gap exists at the base of garage doors and entry doors into the home because mice will follow air currents in to find their way into your home.
“Not only do you need to seal openings around the base of your home but mice can also enter through attic vents,” said Dr. Cooper. “If there are vents in attics, they need to be screened off with a window screening and then backed by a hardware screen. This will help keep small insects out as well as mice, birds, and squirrels.”
Keep Pantry Food in Containers with Lids
Another way to keep the mice at bay is by eliminating the endless buffet of food available to them in your pantry and garage. Store all of your food in glass, metal or plastic containers with tight lids. Mice make their way indoors for shelter and food, and unfortunately, once they feel safe and warm, they will become more reluctant to move back outdoors. If you have pets, do not allow pet food to sit out in food bowls while you are asleep or away from home.
“What some don’t realize is that a mouse’s food source isn’t limited to what we perceive as a food source,” Dr. Cooper said. “A food source for rodents can include bird seeds or even grass seeds, so if you have those readily available in your garage, you should use it up or store it in a heavy-duty container to keep the mice out.”
When to Call a Professional
Mice and Rodent infestations are not something to be taken lightly since they are considered a public health pest and should be immediately addressed by professionals once they are noticed.
“Mice can cause a lot of damage and can carry a number of diseases, so it is best to have the problem taken care of properly and right away,” Dr. Cooper said.
After mice enter your home, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of since they often live in hidden areas within garages, attics, lofts, and wall interiors, which is why store-bought solutions often fall short when compared to professional services.
Why Should I call Cooper Pest Solutions for my Mice Problem?
At Cooper Pest Solutions, we know how troublesome mice can be for homeowners, and we have proven treatments for removing the unwanted rodents as well as helping prevent them from returning. We offer three different solutions to fit your budget and needs when it comes to mice.
- One-time Elimination Service
- Home Traditional Service
- Home Intensive Service
The one-time elimination service will take care of your current mouse problem by eliminating the rodent activity within the home and providing the homeowner with a 90-day coverage plan warranty. This service is ideal for anyone who wants to just remove the mice from their home.
If you’re looking to prevent the mice from returning or ever getting in your home, we highly suggest one of our Residential services that include mice.
The Home Traditional Service is a quarterly maintenance program that offers coverage should you experience a mouse problem and will help to prevent the establishment of mouse populations in your home.
The Home Intensive Service is also a quarterly maintenance service like the Home Traditional but also offers prevention through exclusion. One of our highly trained technicians will seal the cracks and crevices in your home to help prevent mice from entering your home in the future.
Cooper also offers its clients a Rodent Exclusion stand-alone service to specifically prevent rodents from entering your home all year long.
Regardless of what service you choose, we strive to have one of our representatives to meet with you the same day or very next day to respond to your mouse problem. We also understand the importance of “being green,” which is why we offer many eco-friend mouse control options in addition to our already EPA-approved products that we currently use.