How to Get Mice Out of Your Home
They are cute in cartoons and the good guys in fairy tales—but mice are nothing more than destructive pests when they infiltrate your Arizona home.
These tiny rodents build nests in grassy and woodland areas. They forage for seeds and nuts but will eat other foods. As winter approaches, they look for a warm space to live. That could be in a shed, garage, or inside your Surprise home.
If mice return after our visit, we will correct the problem free of charge.
How Mice Access Your Home
If the rubber seal at the bottom of your garage door is broken, gone, or does not fit tightly to the ground, mice can easily slip into your garage and build a nest.
Mice can get through spaces between double garage doors that fit improperly. If grass seed bags are open, chewed, and spilled, and you notice mice feces, which look like tiny pellets or seeds, your garage has become a warm, safe space for mice.
It may be easy for mice to find their way from your attached garage into your living space.
Mice can access your home even if you do not own an attached garage. Openings in the foundation and where pipes and wiring enter your home are a welcome mat for these tiny rodents.
Caulk cracks and holes and at points where wires and pipes enter your home. Be sure the bottom of your exterior doors fits snuggly to the threshold.
- Feces are brown when fresh and typically collect near nests, food, in cabinets, under the sink, and along the walls.
- Mice have five toes on their front feet and five on the back. You may notice footprints.
- Gnaw marks on wood and boxes and bags of food indicate the presence of rodents.
- You might hear scratching noises under the floor or between the walls and squeaking, especially at night.
- Do you have a cat or dog? If it is attracted to an area it ignored in the past and paws at some unseen presence, it may have found mice.
- Mice build nests in protective areas. Inside insulation is a typical location. When we find nests, we remove them to prevent further infestation.
- Mice can aggravate allergies. If someone in your household has recently experienced an uptick in allergies, and you have noticed other signs of infestation, mice may be the cause.
Mice Carry Disease
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diseased mice can infect people through feces, airborne saliva, urine, and contaminated food. Rodents also carry ticks, mites, and fleas that spread disease. You cannot tell if a rodent is diseased just by looking at it.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a respiratory disease with a 38 percent mortality rate, is among the many illnesses mice can spread to humans. Another, Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), can cause shock, low blood pressure, vascular leakage, and kidney failure.
If you find signs of mice in your home, start cleaning immediately. In addition to calling us at Bucksworth Services, remove crumbs or food scraps and take garbage outdoors.
Clean up food from countertops and inside your kitchen sink. Store grains and cereals in glass containers. Remove water sources.
Get Professional Help
Placing mousetraps in your home may catch a few furry invaders, but they do not guarantee you will nab all of them. Our pest control technicians at Bucksworth Services are experts in rodent removal. Let us tackle the rodent problem in your Surprise, AZ, home. We will leave it mouse-free. Call us at 480-422-8388 or request service online.