Jacksonville Homeowners Guide To Avoiding House Mice

December 31, 2019

It doesn't take much of a hole to let a mouse into your Jacksonville home. Most adult mice can fit through a hole the size of a nickel. This is because they can compact their organs to make their bodies smaller. That means a tiny gap in your weatherstripping or door sweep is enough to give entrance to a mouse. But, there is more bad news. Mice don't even need a hole the size of a nickel. They are more than equipped to chew a hole to get into your home. Let's take a look at how to prevent rodents from invading your Jacksonville home and tackle a couple of commonly asked questions about mice.

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Mouse Prevention

  • Seal all of the holes, gaps and cracks around your exterior. Look closely around doors and windows.
  • Remove any objects that are near your home and trim vegetation. This makes mice feel exposed when they try to chew their way in.
  • Routine inspections are important for mouse prevention. When you do an inspection, you can pick up on mouse activity, such as droppings near your foundation walls or chew holes that are forming.
  • If you have areas that mice continually target, apply metal flashing to bolster these areas and keep mice from getting in.
  • Make sure your exterior trash is in a sealed container. The smell of trash can attract mice to your home.

Common Questions About Mice

We get a lot of questions about mice because mice are common pests in Jacksonville. Take a look through them. Perhaps your question is listed below:

Are mice dangerous?

Mice can be very dangerous. Those little rodents chew on wiring. If they sever a live wire, it can lead to a house fire. They also can spread harmful bacteria, parasitic worms, ectoparasites and human pathogens.

What attracts mice in your house?

A mouse can check out your home for no reason at all, but there are some conditions that attract mice, such as lawn clutter, dense vegetation, exterior structures with voids underneath, water, bird seed, and more. Removing these attractants can reduce mice. But don't expect that no mice will visit your property if you remove attractants.

Can mice climb into your bed?

While a mouse can jump 1 foot in the air and easily scramble up onto your bed, it doesn't really want to if you're in it. So you don't have to worry about mice getting into bed with you. They're also not likely to get into your bed when you're not in it because your bedding smells like you. This scares mice away.

What is the best way to eliminate mice?

You probably know our answer to this one. You should contact a licensed professional. But our reasons are not self-serving. It is extremely difficult to get rid of mice, and if you do manage to catch a mouse or two, you may be tempted to think that your problem is solved, when it actually isn't. A licensed professional knows how to monitor for mouse activity and make sure your infestation is completely gone. If mice were not such dangerous houseguests, we would say it's fine to do it yourself. Unfortunately, they can be a serious threat to your health and property.

If you live in Jacksonville and you're having trouble with mice or rats, contact Lindsey Pest Services. Our highly-trained service professionals use industry-leading strategies and field-tested methods to arrest interior infestations. They can also provide ongoing exterior rodent control to prevent rodents from getting into your home. You don't have to live with rodents or all of the many dangers they present. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.


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