World Pest Day Brings Awareness This Summer
As adorable as mice may seem to some people, they are still labeled a pest due to their destructive behavior and pose serious health risks to you and your family. Most mice enter homes in search for food, water, and shelter; especially once the temperatures start to drop, making our home theirs during the harsh winter months. And as secure as you think your home is, mice are very versatile, able to find entry in your home through even the smallest hole or crack. Once a mouse has entered your home, they tend to stay hidden from view as much as possible, building their nests in attics, basements, ceilings, walls, and closets and only venture out to scavenge for food and water during the night, keeping their distance from humans as much as possible.
When mice are in search of food and water, they often scurry across our countertops and rummage through our cupboards, contaminating surfaces and food with their urine and feces, which can include pathogens such as Salmonella, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Leptospirosis, and dysentery. Since mice are rodents, they have two large incisors that consistently grow that must be kept short by continuous gnawing. Their need to gnaw makes your home’s wood, drywall, books, and storage boxes and chew through electrical wires and gnaw on plumbing pipes, possibly causing electrical fires and water damage.
The experts at American Pest in Hanover would like to offer some helpful DIY mice prevention steps that you can implement to keep mice from entering your home.
Inspect the exterior of your home, sealing any holes or cracks ¼ of an inch or larger around the foundation, pipes, wiring, windows, and doors
Install heavy duty weather stripping on all exterior doors
De-clutter pantries, closets, cupboards, attics, basements, and garages
Keep wood piles away from the side of your home
Install wire mesh on vent holes
Keep your kitchen clean and crumb free, remembering to clean beneath appliances
Repair any leaky faucets and piping
Keep seasonal clothing and other items in plastic containers, not cardboard boxes
If you have noticed signs of mice infesting your Hanover home, do not attempt to get rid of mice on your own, contact the professionals at American Pest today!
At American Pest, our Hanover home pest control is sure to eliminate any common household pest infestation, including mice. With our Preferred Care plans, we will get rid of your current mouse infestation and put in to place preventative measures to keep them from returning. Not only do our Preferred Care plans exterminate mouse infestations, we also can eliminate ants, cockroaches, ladybugs, spiders and many other unwanted pests that may enter your home. For the very best home pest control in Hanover, MD, you can trust in American Pest!
With over 85 years of offering superior pest control services in Maryland, American Pest utilizes the most up-to-date pest control technologies and techniques, ensuring to exterminate even the toughest pest infestation. At American Pest we offer a variety of pest control services, including:
For more information on any of our pest control services in Hanover, contact American Pest today!
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