Mice are pests that we often forget to think about, or tend to think about with a “they won’t get into my home” mentality. Unfortunately, it is exactly this mindset that leads to many Pryor homeowners not prioritizing quality pest control services for their properties. Mice are typically between 2 and 5 inches long, and come in a variety of shades of brown, tan, and gray. When they get into your home, you may not notice them at first. If they breed and reproduce, you can have a large mouse infestation on your hands before you know it. The first step to finding the right pest control plan for your home is understanding the problems that come with not having a plan at all.
Can Mice Cause Problems?
With their tiny bodies and shy nature, it can be easy to think that mice can’t possibly be a threat to your Pryor, OK home. However, these small rodents can cause big problems for properties without a pest control plan. Here are some examples:
Mice chew. Chairs, tables, structural beams, books, boxes, wires, piping, and other materials mice choose to gnaw on can be damaged by their large front incisors. These front teeth never stop growing, which means mice must constantly find items they can chew on to wear down their teeth.
Mice carry diseases. When mice find their way into your home, chances are they climbed through some pretty unappealing areas to get there. If disease-ridden mice contaminate food items, counter surfaces, or water sources, you or a family member could become infected with that disease.
Mice steal food items. Grains, meats, and fruits may become contaminated when mice come into contact with them. Food that has been nibbled on by mice should be thrown out, which means wasting food that you could have eaten if mice hadn’t gotten to it first.
How Can I Keep Mice Out?
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to try and keep mice out of your home. While professional pest control should always be your first step to a pest-free home, here are a few ways you can keep rodents off your property:
Seal all cracks and crevices around the exterior foundation and walls of your home.
Don’t leave food out on counters.
Store food items in plastic containers.
Keep your trash cans sealed and stored away from the exterior of your home.
Remove wood, leaf, and stick piles from your property.
Keep your lawn and property as clutter-free as possible.
The best method of pest prevention, however, is to secure the help of one of Mid America’s pest technicians. Here at Mid America Pest Control, we care about the needs of our customers. We will work hard to find a pest control plan that will fits the exact needs of your Pryor property. Contact us to schedule a free inspection, or for more information about our quarterly or monthly services!