3 Things You Need To Know About Mice In Maryland

07/24/2019


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When mice get into your home, it can leave you scratching your head, wondering how they did it, especially if you've taken the time to do a detailed inspection of your exterior and worked hard to seal entry points. But mice have abilities that help them get into homes. Some of those abilities might surprise you. Here are three things you need to know about mice in Maryland.

Mice Can Jump and Climb

Most mice are able to jump a foot into the air. They can jump an even greater distance horizontally. They can also climb most vertical surfaces. So it should not be surprising that a mouse has found its way into your home. They can climb trees and jump down onto your roof from tree branches. They can work their way up through the downspout of your gutter system. If you live in a brick home, they can scale your walls. They can climb vegetation... This is why mice often infest attic spaces.

Mice Can Compact Their Bodies

You would think that a mouse would need a pretty big hole to get into your home. But this is not the case. A mouse has the ability to compact its organs to allow its body to squeeze through very small holes. In fact, most mice can get through a hole the size of a dime. If you looked for "mouse-sized" holes in your exterior, you may want to go back out and do an inspection for holes you would not expect a mouse to get through. Since mice are expert climbers and great jumpers, you'll want to look low and high for these tiny entry points.

Mice Can Chew Holes

If you did an exterior inspection a few days ago and patched up all your holes, you may be surprised to hear mice in your walls or inside your ventilation ducts. Sadly, mice can chew their way through weatherstripping, door and window frames, seals around frames, water-damaged wood, flimsy plastic covers on vents, seals around roof penetrations, and more. If you didn't have a hole yesterday, you could have a hole today. That is the unique nature of a mouse infestation. You can put in all the work necessary to keep mice out and still get an infestation.

The One Thing You Need to Know Most

Mice are experts at getting into homes and businesses. The best way to prevent them from getting in is to hire an expert. At American Pest, we use a combination of control methods to prevent mouse infestations from taking root.

  • Inspection. All of our pest control services begin with an inspection. A licensed and experienced pest management professional will look for signs of rodent activity, entry points, conditions that are conducive for mouse activity, and other key factors. Once this assessment is complete, a plan will be suggested for treatment.
  • Exclusion. If entry points are present, we'll help you seal some of them. We do this with materials such as silicon caulk, wire mesh, and foam products.
  • Traps. Exclusions can only protect your home to a certain point, so we use traps to reduce mouse populations and ensure the greatest level of protection. The traps we use are state-of-the-art and tamper-resistant.
  • Treatments. If mice have gotten into your home, we apply methods and products to eliminate the infestation to get your home back to a mouse-free state.
  • Follow-up. Mouse control is a process. Therefore, it is important that we come back a few times to check traps for activity and make sure those rodents are being eliminated.
  • Ongoing Service. Rodents can be a significant health and property threat. For this reason, we provide rodent control with all our pest control programs. Whether you need residential pest control or commercial pest control, our team will have you covered.

Getting started with pest control service from American Pest is easy. We offer a free pest control estimate to help you get the vital information you need about the pest pressures you're dealing with and guide you in what will work to control those pests. Reach out to us today to schedule your free estimate and get control of your mouse problem. You can trust the team at American Pest. We have the licenses, certifications, awards and reviews to set you at ease and let you know that we'll get the job done right. Drop us a line. We're looking forward to meeting you.






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