Where Mice May Be Hiding
Mice can enter a home or building through a crack as small as 1/4". Although it is more common to find them nesting and living outdoors, it is common for them to seek harborage in buildings and homes with adequate sources of food and water, as well as conditions that are ideal for nesting.
The damage done by mice is far out of proportion to their small size since they like to “nibble” on numerous items. When feeding, a single mouse can contaminate many packages of food by gnawing while depositing urine and fecal droppings on them. They can also cause major structural damage and gnaw on electrical wires. Mice, like other rodents, are known vectors of many serious health conditions including Salmonellosis and dysentery.
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How Do I Get Rid of Mice?
There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself mouse control measures available for consumers; however, while you’ll probably be successful in catching a few, home rodent control methods usually fail to completely eliminate mice on your property.
That’s when you may be forced to start dealing with that sickly pungent dead rodent smell emanating from your walls or ceiling. Don't let that happen, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control for safe and effective mouse control.
How Can I Prevent A Mouse Infestation?
Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime.
Your first line of defense is the outside of your structure. Inspect the entire exterior of your structure and find any holes, gaps or cracks bigger than ¼”; gaps that small are all mice need to invade your home! Look around the foundation, especially where it meets the siding. Check around basement windows and around doors and door frames. Doors should fit tightly at the bottom. Make sure you also check around where pipes, electrical, and phone lines enter the building since mice can squeeze through these openings as well. Repair any gaps and holes you find with appropriate material. You could use steel wool to close small cracks and gaps. You may need concrete or sheet metal to repair other gaps.
On the interior, good housekeeping is the best protection against mice. Frequent cleaning not only removes some of the crumbs, spills, and other material mice use for food, it also enables you to see the signs of a mouse infestation (droppings, gnawing on food packages) before the problem gets out of hand. Read these fall and winter tips for preventing mouse invasions.
Our Mouse Control Process:
Our process includes a thorough investigation of your property beginning with inspecting the outside of the structure for possible entry points. We will plug small mouse entry points we find and make recommendations to repair larger ones. As a general rule, we will plug holes up to 1 ½" in diameter and gaps up to ¾” wide, or about the size of a golf ball. Other, more extensive repairs – including installation of garage door-bottom seals and door sweeps – will be identified, recommend, and documented.
We will take all necessary steps to control any existing mouse population and prevent future infestation. Our service plan for mice includes at least one follow-up call, plus a final visit at 60 days to collect any equipment remaining.
We offer a 60 Day Guarantee, beginning upon completion of our initial service visit. Some restrictions may apply.
Mouse Control With Plunkett's
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you asap, usually within a day or two.
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