It won’t be long before Nashville and Middle Tennessee gets cooler. Mice need to stay warm, and your house could be the perfect place for them to settle in and get cozy. If you don’t take steps now to stop them, your home may be in their sights this fall.
Why Are Mice Coming In?
You will get a mouse in the house in the fall because your home is the best place for it and many others to hide and nest. Fortunately for mice, you also provide them with food and water as well. Mice are staying in your home for all the reasons why you stay: food, shelter, warmth, water, and possibly to raise a family.
How Do Mice Get In?
Mice are opportunistic rodents. They will climb, jump, squeeze, and scale. Mice will enter your home through gaps in the foundation and basement, in new pipes, old pipes or damaged pipes, in cracks in the wall or floor, under garage doors, in air vents, and through drain pipes. Mice are great swimmers. They can do all this without you ever knowing about it until they are already hiding in your walls. If there is anyway a mouse can get inside your home, it will find it.
Where Do Mice Go Inside?
Once a mouse gets inside your home, it will search for an isolated spot where they are sheltered and warm. They will use any paper and other materials to build comfortable nests inside your walls, under your floor, in crevices, and under warm spots like your hot water tank.
How Do You Prevent Mice From Getting Inside?
As is the case with many pests, prevention is key to avoiding a huge problem with mice. Mice reproduce rapidly, and soon, an infestation in your home can grow out of control. Here are a few things you can do on your own to prevent mice from invading your home:
- Don’t leave garage door and other doors or windows cracked
- Put screens on your windows and doors, and inspect existing screens for damage
- Repair cracks in foundation and walls
- Seal exterior holes around your home
- Cover vents with wire mesh
- Seal gaps in eaves and roofing
- Store food in airtight containers, and clean up crumbs and spills as soon as you see them
- Install weather strips on the bottom of your doors
- Call All-American Pest Control
All-American Pest Control is experienced in dealing with rodent issues and especially mice that overstay their welcome in Nashville and Middle, TN area homes. For effective rodent control that starts with a thorough inspection, contact All-American Pest Control today.