It is the holiday season and you are probably gearing up for friends and family to visit your home these last few weeks that is left in the year. Holiday parties and festive get-togethers are a great way to celebrate the Christmas season, and being host to loved ones is a great way to show your holiday spirit. One group of guests that may not be on your list is the house mice that are lingering throughout your attic or walls that you are unaware of. House mice are said to be the most common pest that humans will come into contact with.
House Mouse Diet
Winter is the most common time of year that mice invade homes, seeking shelter, warmth and food during the coldest temperatures of the year. Mice typically enter homes between October and February, making the holiday season a very busy time. Mice prefer to live extremely close to their food source due to the fact that they eat between fifteen and twenty times a day. This will encourage you to keep your food stored tightly away. If mice find a food source that is easy to access, they could take over your kitchen before you know it.
Common Mice Entry Points
If you think you’ve got your home sealed off tightly enough to keep mice away, you may want to make another close inspection around the exterior of your home. Mice have the ability to squeeze through openings the size of a dime. This means that the smallest crack or crevice can seem like an open invitation to mice, and they can easily gain access into your residence. Once inside of your home, mice will begin to find an area to build a sufficient home and hunker down. They will begin to multiply and soon you may be experiencing a mice infestation.
Mice Damage to Homes
Mice may look cute, but they are a force to be reckoned with in regards to home invasion. Not only are mice known to chew through electrical wiring, but they can also chew through drywall and other materials, causing a great deal of damage to your home. Aside from the physical damage they cause to a home, they also leave mouse dropping everywhere, this is not only disgusting, but harmful to the health of you and your family. Mouse droppings contain dangerous bacteria that can cause health problems. If you suspect that mice may be in your home or on your property, contact Preventive Pest Control today. Keep mice away this holiday season and throughout the entire year.