What’s not cute about a mouse? Unfortunately, they are becoming increasingly common in homes all throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Once these pests make their way inside your walls it can be very difficult to get them out. A lot of people mistake them for being small pets but do you really want one as your new best friend or pet?! The problem with having too many mice is that sometimes there will be carnivorous ones living within the building–and this just doesn’t sound good at all!
If you want to stop a mouse infestation, it’s time for professional help. Even after doing everything yourself and following all the tips we have available on our site (and remember: prevention is key!), if your problem persists or gets worse – call an expert!
How do mice and rats get inside?
Cracks in your home’s foundation are common. This can happen when the ground settles and the foundation shifts. Although you might think a small crack that is only ¼ inch wide is harmless, mice can fit through it easily. Another reason this happens is because of water erosion, so it is important to inspect your home each year.
If you have any small vents, such as in your laundry room or attic, mice can get in. Mice can make nests inside walls and that’s why you might hear a scratching noise at night.
Poorly Sealed Pipes
Even though plumbing and other essentials are important to your home, sometimes contractors or plumbers do not seal them properly. Mice can easily enter your home through the gaps around the piping. Make sure to walk around your house and check these areas. If necessary, seal them off yourself.
Common Weep Holes
Weep holes are purposeful holes in between bricks that can let mice inside. They are important because they help to stop moisture from building up behind the bricks, but you should make sure to have screens over them to keep the mice out. This is a common way for mice to get into your home.
You have have mice or rats if you have the below:
-Signs of bite marks
-Noises in the evening
-Your dog or cat acting different
-Finding usual holes
Common Mice in Southern California
House Mouse – Range from 2-3 inches in length, you can see them year round.
California Mouse – The California mouse is known to transmit Lyme disease, Salmonella, Typhus, Plague, and other harmful diseases. They have larger ears than other types of mice, and a long tail as well. Adults can be big enough to be confused with a baby rat.
Cactus Mouse – Usually 3 inches in length and commonly found burrowed under things and resilient to different temperatures.
How to Prevent a Mice Infestation:
-Do not let water damage continue
-DO NOT leaving food out
-Fix vents promptly
-Inspect your home often
-Have a pest control company on a maintenance schedule for your home
After reading this…. any Questions or Concerns?
If you notice one mouse in your home, it can quickly grow into an infestation. You should hire a reliable pest control company right away and they’ll inspect for any signs of more mice or other pests that may be living there too! Call VC Pest Control TODAY!
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