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What Is Bugging Those Mice?


They chew holes through your sheetrock. They gnaw on the wires inside your wall voids. They tear up your insulation and shred anything in your attic that is made of cardboard. All night, every night, they are vandalizing and tainting the food packages in your pantry, spreading bacteria on all your cooking surfaces, and leaving their excrement and urine in the backs of your drawers. Does it feel like they're trying to get back at you for something? What is bugging those mice? As it turns out, there actually could be something bugging those mice. There are several parasites that make their home on rodents and eat their blood--parasites such as fleas, mites, ticks, and lice. If you have mice in your home, you could be looking at an outbreak of one of these other pests, and that makes it even more vital that you get those mice out.

How do I get mice out of my home?

This is not a do-it-yourself project. Mice are timid and clever creatures. So timid that they can eat all of the bait from a trap without setting it off. So clever that they can convince you that your traps have killed them all off. Expert pest control is needed to ensure that all rodents have been removed, all contaminated areas are addressed, all entry points are sealed, and all measures have been taken to deter mice from getting in again.

Isn't there something I can do?

Effective pest control is a partnership. There are several things we encourage homeowners to do to deter mice.

  • Always be aware of the signs: droppings or urine in drawers and cabinets, gnaw marks on food packaging, bumps and scrapes in walls at night, and footprints on dusty shelves. Detection is the key to protection.
  • Make sure all indoor and outdoor trash is in seal containers, especially overnight.
  • If you find holes in your exterior walls, use a caulking gun to fill those holes until you can get those areas properly repaired.
  • Remove food and water sources from your yard.
  • Make sure stacked wood is at least 20 feet from your home or inside an outbuilding.

When pests get into your home they can spread illness. This is especially true for mice because not only can they carry disease in their feces, and harmful bacteria on their fur, they can also carry parasites on their body. If you add the diseases that ticks and fleas can carry to all the diseases mice themselves can carry, it is easy to understand why you should never let these creatures come freely in and out of your home. Give the pro’s here at Parkway Pest Services a call today and keep your home free from mice.