People seem to fall into two camps when it comes to the change in seasons between summer and autumn. They either dread the end of summer, and all it’s laidback goodness with the heat and intensity of the summer sun, or they eagerly anticipate fall and all its fresh cool air, by the end of July. Whichever camp you find yourself in, there’s no denying that summer is over and fall has arrived.
With the commencement of autumn comes the start of preparations for winter. Perhaps you enjoy canning the bounty from your garden to last you through the winter months. Maybe you start chopping and stacking wood to heat your home through the cold. Perhaps you begin snatching up deals at the store to get a headstart on your holiday shopping.
Humans aren’t the only ones who start planning for winter in the fall. A lot of animals do too, and one of those animals that you’ll want to keep an eye on is the lowly little mouse.
In autumn, mice begin looking for a warm, safe place to hunker down in through the winter months. When mice look for a place to live, they not only look for warmth, they also look for an easy food and water source. Oftentimes, the place they find those things is also a place you don’t want them to be. Mice often choose sheds, garages and, worst of all, homes in which to make their winter residence. If you’re not careful, your Virginia home could be the perfect location for a mouse colony intent on finding a place to winter.
When mice enter your home, they can cause a host of problems. They chew constantly, which can cause damage to walls, pipes, and even electrical wiring. They also carry diseases that they can be transmitted to your family through direct and indirect contact.
While the idea of a mouse invasion is unpleasant to think about, knowing what they’re looking for is key to helping prevent them. There are several things you can do to try to stop an infestation before it begins.
If mice are looking for warmth, they are likely to find it in your home. Although you can’t stop heating your home in order to avoid mice, you can make it difficult for them to enter your home:
- Seal all cracks, holes, and crevices around your foundation walls.
- Make sure there are no gaps or cracks in your siding.
- Install door sweeps so there are no gaps between doors and the floor.
- Outside, keep to a minimum the areas that mice might consider a good spot to live, such as woodpiles and overgrown bushes.
- Keep trees and bushes trimmed so that they don’t make contact with your house.
Mice also need a food and water supply. There are several ways you can make your home uninviting to mice:
- Keep outdoor trash cans tightly covered.
- Divert excess water drainage away from your property.
- Keep gutters clear and in good working order.
- Do not leave pet food or water outside.
- Inside, store all food in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers.
- Clean up spills and messes immediately.
- Wash dishes daily.
- Store pet food in airtight containers.
If you suspect that mice have already entered your home in anticipation of winter, the experts at RichPro Pest Management, Inc. can help you eliminate them. We accurately identify the type of mouse that has entered your home and use the treatment plan that will rid you of the infestation.
Keep your home safe this fall and through the winter with our Home Defender pest control services, so you can get back to the autumn activities you love.