Every year Aerex gets countless calls about mice. But what is it about these tiny rodents that make us shriek? They’re small, furry, and actually kinda cute. But when we see them in our homes we tend to freak out. Maybe it’s their beady eyes. Perhaps it’s their scuttling. Or maybe it’s simply because whether we are aware of it or not, mice can pose a number of problems on our homes and health.
Because mice produce large litters in a short amount of time, an infestation can mean big trouble for any home or business owner. While most mice in the wild don’t survive much longer than few months due to predation, mice that invade homes will continue to be a problem (and grow) as long as food and shelter will allow.
Mice tend to invade indoor spaces between the months of October and February. Of course what they are seeking is warmth from the cold – but one surefire indication of a mouse infestation is holes/rips in bagged/boxed foodstuffs. If you see damaged food containers – don’t eat it. There is a good chance these items have been contaminated. Additionally, mice have been known to cause other problems such as chewing through insulation, fuel lines and seat upholstery.
- People often wonder how mice get into their homes. Well, any small crack is an opening for them. Making sure all cracks and crevices are sealed is very important!
- Female house mice can give birth when they are just two months old and can have up to 12 babies every three weeks. If you see one mouse, there are likely more!
- Mice are fantastic climbers and can easily make their way into pantries and cabinets. Keep all food sealed in airtight containers.
At Aerex Pest Control, we recommend contacting us any time you suspect a rodent or pest infestation of any kind. Getting rid of mice on you own can prove tricky, as mouse traps and Fluffy the cat will only get you so far.