Answering Hattiesburg's Most Commonly Asked Mouse Questions
December 4, 2020
There are a number of home-invading pests that you might come across on your property. However, one of the most common home-invading pests here in Hattiesburg is the common mouse. Mice are dangerous pests capable of inflicting property damage and spreading a wealth of disease. As such, Hattiesburg residents have a lot of questions about them. And when people have questions about pests, we here at Havard Pest Control have answers. Here, we answer some of your most commonly asked questions regarding mice:
Can Mice Climb/Can Mice Climb Up Walls?
The short answer is yes, mice are, in fact, adept climbers. They are capable of climbing up to 13” up a smooth vertical wall. If surfaces have any sort of texture, they can climb even higher. In addition to this, mice are able to jump up to afoot. As such, there is practically no place in a home that a mouse cannot get to.
Can Mice See In The Dark?
No, mice cannot see in the dark. In fact, rodents in general have very poor eyesight. However, don’t underestimate mice based on this trait alone. Mice are nimble animals who are quite skilled at maneuvering their little bodies, and they can fit into tiny holes and cracks.
What Attracts Mice Into A House?
There are several different factors that might attract mice into a home, the most common of which include easy access to food, water, and shelter. As such, things like the improper storage of food, leaving food out on the counter, letting trash cans overflow, and the presence of leaky pipes could all be factors that attract mice into a home. In addition to this, if mice are seeking shelter, holes, or cracks through which they could enter your give mice easy access to your home.
How Do I Keep Mice Out Of My House?
Given all of the factors that might attract mice into a home in the first place, the best ways you can keep mice out is by removing any possible food or water sources and sealing up any potential entry points through which mice might enter. To accomplish this, you should:
Use airtight containers for food storage, or store food in the refrigerator.
Wipe up any spills immediately from floors or countertops.
Remove trash from the home regularly.
Store trash outdoors, in bins with tight-fitting lids.
Pick up any uneaten pet food after your pet has finished eating.
Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in your home.
Cover or seal any cracks or holes around the exterior of your home.
Remember mice can fit through holes much smaller than their bodies, so don’t skip any holes, no matter how small.
Does One Mouse Mean An Infestation?
More often than not, yes, one mouse means an infestation. Although there are rare instances in which a single mouse will enter into a home, mice are social creatures who usually invade in large numbers. What’s worse, mice are prolific breeders. As such, the longer a mouse infestation is allowed to exist, the worse it gets. Therefore, it’s best to handle any mouse infestations as soon as possible.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice?
If you do find yourself dealing with a mouse infestation in your home, contact the pros here at Havard Pest Control right away. We'll effectively eliminate your mouse infestation and work with you to ensure you're protected from future infestations. Don’t let mice take over your home. Give us a call today.