12/15/17

The Dangerous Christmas Mouse

The Dangerous Christmas Mouse

12/15/2017

If there is one furry critter common in a lot of holiday T.V. shows, it’s the mouse. The cute, Santa hat wearing, cheese nibbling critters are just looking to share a Christmas cookie with its homeowner and maybe bring a bite or two back to his cute little family. Let’s be honest here though…. What happens when you lose the Santa hat, and replace the cookie with the wires to your light sockets and that cute little family happens to have enough members to fill your attic?

We know, we know, they can be cute and might deserve a little “awwww” at times, but mice are a significant danger to you, your family and your home. When mice show up they often don’t show up alone. We not just talking about the family they have hiding in your basement, though there is likely one of those too. More importantly, we talking about diseases like salmonellosis, leptospirosis, hantavirus and many more. Mice are well known to carry plenty of diseases and as they run through the nooks, crannies, walls and unseen cracks of your home, they spread them. Aside from the diseases that mice carry they are extremely destructive. As mice settle to nest this winter, they will be using your home to build theirs. Mice can easily chew through wires, pipes, drywall, and insulation creating potential fire hazards and water damage.

But if they are so clever, and skilled at getting inside and remaining unseen, can you really keep mice out? The simple answer is yes, though it might take some work. Here are a few key tips to prevent a rodent infestation.

  • Seal up ground level cracks and holes. Make sure to focus on the foundation and where utilities enter your house.

  • Keep your house clutter free and make sure when storing goods that you try to avoid cardboard boxes.

  • Make sure to store leftovers properly, keeping them out of the open and off the countertops.

  • Always check around doors, windows, and chimneys for holes and cracks. If you find any, seal them up tight with a mixture of steel wool set in caulking.

  • Keep an eye on limbs and branches that hang close to your home. Mice can use them to enter places you might never consider, so always trim them back away from your house.

  • Don’t forget to close doors behind you. Mice often enter through exterior doors.

  • When storing trash outside always use a tight-fitting lid.

  • Repair any leaks you may find in faucets or pipes.

Mice can be hard to get rid of, and sometimes just when we think we are good to go another shows up. At Schendel, we understand the importance of keeping your home pest-free all year round. Our Premium Care offers 365 days worth of protection so you don’t have to worry again. After extensive interior and exterior service, we will follow up with quarterly visits to ensure eradication. If pests happen to show up between visits, don’t worry we will take care of it at no additional cost to you! Don’t wait, call Schendel Pest Services today for a free quote!