Mice can pop up in the strangest of places
While droppings in the pantry are a sure giveaway that mice have moved into your house, don’t be so quick to think that the kitchen is the main culprit. It may be the room they like to frequent most, but when it comes to rest and relaxation, mice prefer to settle in quieter spaces like the three secret hideaways below.
1. Storage Boxes
Warm, small and full of cozy crevices, storage boxes make ideal nests for smaller rodents. Plus, since most storage containers are opened only a few times a year—if at all—they help keep skittish mice out of sight and out of trouble.
It’s a scary thought, but if your home is host to a colony of mice, your comfortable old couch might be doubling as a rodent hotel.
Whether they’re made up of clothes, wood, rocks or something else, piles left out in the open are attractive to mice in search of easy shelter.
Why Mice Are Bad News
Just because mice are cuter than rats doesn’t mean they aren’t as dangerous. Like all rodents, mice carry unwanted bacteria that can contaminate everything from your food to your bathroom counters, putting your family and pets at risk for a variety of health conditions. Even your bank account isn’t safe from their tiny claws. Over time, ongoing mice infestations can cause significant structural damage that forces you to dip into your emergency savings account.
Mastering Mouse Patrol
Monitoring moisture, putting leftovers away as soon as you’re done eating, using sturdy storage containers with locks and removing clutter are all great starting points, but to really rule out recurring infestations, you’ll need to find out how mice are getting into your house in the first place. If you aren’t sure where to look for entry points or need to deal with an active infestation before you can even think about prevention, schedule an appointment with a pest management company near you. In the meantime, you can find a wealth of information on mouse management here.
Are you sick and tired of trying to keep mice out of your home? Contact our expert team at Burns Pest Elimination directly or visit us online to learn more about our trusted rodent control services in the Phoenix and Tucson area.