Pest of the Month: House Mouse

House Mouse - Pest Control Ankeny

As the weather gets colder, the likelihood of mice invading your home increases. Mice tend to sneak their way into your home, seeking shelter in basements and storage rooms. Although your basement might be cold, mice migrate indoors to be protected from the harsh winds, bitter temperatures, and snow during Iowa’s winter months. According to Pest World, each winter mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States. The prime time for mice entering your home is between October and February. If you have a mice infestation, you are not alone. When dealing with mice in your home, it is important to know the entry signs, behaviors, and the proper ways to get rid of them.

What do House Mice Eat?

The common house mouse typically feeds on plants although they tend to be little scavengers and also feast on meat and dairy products that are found in your kitchen or garbage. Despite their small size of only 2 inches long, they do have a hefty appetite. A house mouse typically eats between 15 and 20 times a day. For convenience, mice commonly build their homes near accessible food sources. To avoid a mice infestation, keeping your house clean, free of open food containers, and crumbs will help to prevent mice from scavenging around your home. Frequently emptying your garbages and keeping your storage areas clean and clutter free will prevent mice from building homes in your home. Mice can also jump and climb, making food in your pantry and on your kitchen counters an easily accessible feast for these small rodents. It is important not to keep open food sitting out on your counter and seal your food in air-tight containers in your pantry.

How do Mice Enter Your Home?

Mice can enter your home by squeezing into small openings on the exterior of your property. As the temperature drops, mice are desperate to find a way into the warmth of your home. Any type of crack or opening on the exterior of your property will yield a mice infestation. Prior to October, make sure all gaps around your windows, ceilings, and foundation are sealed to prevent small creatures and rodents from finding their way inside.

Are Mice Harmful To Your Health?

House mice typically carry disease through bite. Mice also spread disease through parasites that live on their fur such as mites, fleas, and ticks. One of the most common ways to detect a mouse infestation is to identify their droppings scattered throughout your home. Because a mouse eats so much for it’s small size, a common mouse produces up to 100 droppings per day. Small children or adults with severe allergies might experience an allergic reaction to the mouse’s waste and urine.

House Mouse Extermination in Des Moines, Iowa

Many homeowners will see one small mouse and then a few weeks later discover that the infestation has tripled in size. House mice reproduce very quickly, having the ability to produce babies within a 3 week time span. When a house mouse infestation is detected in your Des Moines property, it is important to take care of it immediately before the infestation gets worse.

Miller Pest & Termite specializes in rodent control. We provide visual inspections to detect a mouse infestation in your home. Our team will not only set traps to catch the mice, but we will also examine the exterior of your property to detect any accessible entry points where the mice can get in. If entrance points are located we will help you resolve the issues immediately. Contact us today for a free rodent inspection for your Central Iowa property.