The Secret To Keeping Mice Out Of Your Dallas Home

December 15, 2020

There are invasive pests, and then there are mice. What do we mean by this? Well, mice are not just invasive; they are masterminds at getting into homes. These small furry pests are built to break into places they do not belong. For this reason, it takes a fair amount of knowledge to keep these pests out effectively. Lucky for you, we have everything you need to know to keep these invasive pests out of your Dallas home.

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Understanding Mice

Before we talk about mice, let's be more specific about what species of mice we are talking about. Today, we will be discussing house mice, the most common home-invading rodent in the world. These invasive pests have many tools in their toolbox that make invading homes easier for them than other area rodents.

Here are just a few things house mice use to break into homes around Dallas.

Sharp Teeth

House mice have extremely sharp and durable front incisor teeth. They use these teeth to chew through materials such as fabrics, wood, plastic, drywall, and vinyl, especially helpful when there is a wall in the way and mice want to be on the other side of it.

Keen Wit

Mice are incredibly intelligent and use their keen wit to find creative ways to invade homes and avoid danger. It is not uncommon for these pests to climb up trees and other objects near homes to look for opportunities to invade higher up.

Compact Bodies

A house mouse only needs a hole the size of a nickel to squeeze its way inside. More often than not, they find these small access points when looking for ways to invade, as homes tend to deteriorate naturally over time.

Why Mice Are A Big Problem

Mice are not just invasive; they are also destructive and dangerous. Using their sharp teeth, these pests leave unsightly holes in walls, gnaw marks on furniture, and will even on occasion sever electrical wires and damage utility pipes causing water leaks within the walls of a home. To make things worse, mice also spread a wide range of diseases through their fecal matter and urine.

Here are just a few of the most common diseases these pests carry and spread:

  • Hantavirus
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis
  • Tularemia
  • Salmonellosis
  • Leptospirosis

How To Prevent Mice

The less attractive and accessible your home and property are, the less likely mice will try to come inside. To help make your home as unattractive and inaccessible as possible, try these clever prevention tips.

  • Seal openings in your exterior foundation using caulk and some steel wool.
  • Repair damage to your home's siding, shingles, window, door frames, and chimney.
  • Store firewood and building materials at least 30 feet from your home's exterior.
  • Reduce clutter and organize storage areas in and around your home.
  • Make sure your window and door screens and door sweeps are in good condition.
  • Address moisture issues such as leaky pipes and broken or dirty gutters.
  • Thoroughly clean your home at least once a week and pick up messes as they happen.
  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors and clean out their bowls after every meal.

To avoid the time, energy, and stress it takes to prevent mice, consider hiring the experts at Brinker Animal Removal. Our team understands rodents and has the advanced tools and preventative measures to get and keep these pests out. All you have to do is give us a call. We will talk you through your options and put in place a plan of action to handle your pest problems fast.

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