We may have made it through a good portion of winter, but we still have plenty left to go. When it comes to pest control, that means that we’re still in the thick of rodent season. If you want to keep winter mice out of your home in Delaware or Maryland, read on!
Why Mice are Most Likely to Infest Your Home in Winter
Winter is the prime time of year for mouse infestations. In the spring and summer, mice can manage nicely outside. The weather is warm and food supplies are plentiful. This continues until late fall when the temperatures begin to drop and food becomes not so easily accessible.
That’s when mice go into survival mode. They need warm shelter and they need a steady source of food. And your home provides both!
Factors That Attract Mice
Even if you don’t currently have a mouse problem, it’s not too late in the season for them to find their way into your home and take up residence. Certain things will attract them to your home. If you can prevent these things, you can prevent invading mice!
Easy access to inside. If your home is sealed up like a fortress, mice won’t be able to get in. If it has easy entry points, however, mice will be able to get in without any trouble. So, what are these entry points?
Holes or cracks in your siding or foundation
Damaged shingles on your roof
Any area where your roofline changes or meets up
Open downspouts that mice can crawl through
Branches that act as a bridge to your roof
Chimneys that are uncapped
Vents that are not covered
Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime, which means that even the smallest openings can act as an entry point. Mice also have powerful front teeth that allow them to chew through a variety of different materials, so a hole that is too small to fit through can quickly become the right size after a mouse works away at it with its teeth.
Besides shelter, the other most common attractant for mice is a food supply. If you leave food out on your counters, dirty dishes in the sink, or crumbs on your floor, mice will take notice. They can also easily dig into pantry foods and foods stored in cupboards if they are stored in paper or plastic bags, or cardboard boxes.
Where Mice are Likely to be Found in Your Home
Although they’ll have to make their way into the main living area of your home to forage for food, mice will actually spend most of their time in your home hidden away. They can typically be found in hiding and nesting in attic and basement spaces, wall voids, or cluttered storage areas.
What to Do if Winter Mice Get Into Your Delaware or Maryland Home
If you are dealing with a mouse infestation in your home, it’s best not to attempt to treat it on your own. DIY treatments are often ineffective and can sometimes lead to the mice hiding deeper within the walls of your home, making them even harder to eradicate!
Instead, reach out to us at Green Pest Management. Our experienced and trained professional pest management specialists will take a thorough approach to your mouse problem, not only eliminating the current infestation, but also ensuring that it won’t happen again in the future. To learn more about our treatment options, give us a call!