House mice are one of the most common home-invading pests found in Monmouth County, New Jersey. They are tiny animals that are remarkably quiet, lightning-fast, and quickly reproduce. House mice are small rodents with long tails. While they can survive in many conditions, they prefer warmer climates. House mice weigh between an ounce and seven ounces. They are nocturnal creatures, meaning they do most of their foraging at night.
House mice prefer to stay away from humans. However, when in our homes, they can spread diseases, such as leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonella, and rat-bite fever. They can transmit these diseases through their saliva, urine, feces, or even by direct contact. House mice also carry external parasites like mites, fleas, and ticks.
What Factors Attract Mice To Your Monmouth County Home?
Mice are attracted to many things, mainly food, shelter, and water. These are the three most important factors that keep mice coming back to places where they’ve found food in the past. Mice are opportunists and will seek out easily accessible sources of food and water to survive.
They have a history of depending on people to provide them with everything they need to comfortably survive. It’s important to limit their access to resources if you want to keep them out of your home.
How Do Mice Get Into Your Monmouth County Home?
House mice can squeeze into an opening no bigger than a quarter. With their long little tails, they can hold onto ledges or cracks in walls for long periods. They can jump no less than six inches vertically, which is more than enough to get them from a countertop or tabletop to a floor or shelf.
The most common methods for mice to enter a home are:
Through cracks or holes around doors or windows
Gaps in walls
Under-stairways, basements, and storm drains
Mice can chew through most things. They like to chew on materials, such as plastic, rubber, paper, wood, and electrical wire and cords. This creates damage and also can assist them in making their own entry points into homes.
Mouse Prevention Tips
Mice can often enter homes through holes or gaps around doors and windows. There are many things you can do to prevent mice from entering your home by limiting attracting factors and minimizing entry points. Some of these include:
Proper food storage
Proper trash storage
Seal potential entry points with material that mice can’t chew through
Fix leaky pipes and eliminate sources of excess water
Maintain a clean kitchen
Avoid clutter inside and outside the home to reduce hiding spaces
Mousetraps are designed to catch and kill mice, but they aren’t intended to remove entire infestations of mice from a home or property. Traps are used to control and reduce the number of mice on your property but, eventually, more will keep showing up. To completely eliminate a population you will need to do something else about your growing mouse problem.
That’s when it’s time to contact the rodent control professionals at Alliance Pest Services. The first step is an inspection of your Monmouth County home. Our trained professional home pest control inspectors will determine entry points, areas where mouse droppings are found, and food sources for the mouse population in your home. Rely on us to provide an effective solution to your rodent problem.