Mice can be both pets as well as pests. One moment they are cute and cuddly, running on their wheels inside their cages, the next they are terrifying, chewing on things and wreaking havoc throughout a home. What is it that makes this change so drastic? Are mice just evil until contained, or is something else going on? Let’s find out.
Why Mice Like Our Homes
Any intelligent creature knows that our homes are more comfortable than anywhere in the wild, and mice are as intelligent as they come. They understand that stealing food from your kitchen is much easier than hunting and gathering in the wild. They also understand that your walls provide more protection than any tree or bush ever will. To them, your Plano home is a paradise; not too hot, not too cold, lots of food, and plenty of places to hide. Why live anywhere else if you can live in paradise?
How Mice Get Inside
Before entering your Plano home, all mice see is a giant mysterious structure. They don’t know what lies within. Unless a smell catches their nose, another mouse leads them inside, or they just happen to find a way in, mice aren’t going to be trying to get into your home. When they do have a reason to want to be inside, however, it is not too difficult for them to invade. All they need is a gap, crack, or hole at least a nickel length in diameter, and that is not very big. Often times, older homes have openings like this in their exterior foundation just from wear and tear over the years. Sometimes mice will just squeeze under a door or find a way in through damage in your home's structure. If all else fails, sometimes mice will chew their way inside. If there is a will there is a way, especially when it comes to mice.
Are Mice Dangerous?
Pet mice are generally raised in clean environments that don’t harbor dangerous bacteria. This makes them safe so you can hold them and play with them without worrying about getting sick. Pest mice, on the other hand, are often born into filthy environments teeming with bacteria and other problems. Just the fact that they live where they go to the bathroom is enough to cause concern.
To date, there are 35 diseases that have been connected to mice infestations. Mice can also be hosts to fleas, ticks, lice, and mites. This can especially be a problem if you have pets that don’t have flea and tick collars.
Mice are also destructive. If you didn’t know, mice have extremely sharp and tough front incisor teeth that never stop growing. To keep these teeth short, they chew on whatever they can. If a wall is in their way, they will try to chew through it. If a utility pipe or a clump of wires is between them and somewhere they want to be, they will use their teeth to make a way. Even when things aren’t in their way, they chew on them anyway. That’s how mice are.
How You Can Get & Keep Mice Out
Keeping mice out of homes is not an easy task. There are many things you can do, but at the end of the day, doing it yourself can be a waste of time, money, and effort. Here at Bug Head Pest Control, we make mouse prevention and elimination easy. No extra hassle, no hidden fees, you call us, we find the problem, and we make sure it goes away.
Are you curious to find out more about our rodent prevention plans or are you looking for immediate assistance for a current mouse problem? We are here to help. Give us a call today.