How Mice Get Into Boise, ID Homes And How To Keep Them Out

November 10, 2021

Make no mistake; pests are generally very detrimental. Those that are harmless are few and far between. Insects and creatures have destroyed many Boise homes. Injuries and illnesses can occur as well because critters tend to harbor germs and transmit diseases. When they happen to reproduce rapidly, that makes everything worse and more concerning. Mice are particularly prolific and problematic.

If mice are around, you might have to get your place repaired or visit your doctor. Managing their populations and avoiding them can be quite difficult. It’s easy for the vermin to violate buildings. The first step in conquering them is learning more about their behavior and what techniques are best for deterrence. Owyhee Environmental can help you keep mice away. 

a house mouse crawling on the floor of a home

How Do Mice Function? What Are the Dangers?

When it comes to human dwellings, house mice are among the biggest rodent threats. They want shelter, warmth, and food. These incessant invaders are 7 inches long and have brown, gray, or black hair. A lighter shade colors their abdominal area. They typically don’t have issues getting past openings just ½ of an inch in diameter, but their teeth will compensate if they do. Indoors, the vermin will hide in basements, cabinets, structural voids, and similar. Basically, any dark zone that’s quiet and humid will suffice. House mice are common in properties near grassy and wooded areas.

The teeth of mice don’t stop growing. To keep them down, these pests will gnaw on an assortment of items. Cords, piping, and walls are a part of this. Often, that’s where disastrous and expensive repairs will be. If these things are chewed, it may lead to electrical fires or outages, plumbing troubles, and cosmetic damages. Medically, you and those in your home will be facing conditions like hantavirus, salmonella, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis. Parasites and bacteria are in the fur of rodents, giving way to the contamination of food and surfaces. Additionally, microbes are in their urine, feces, and saliva. All of this is doubles with the germs they accumulate while in gross environments, such as a dumpster, sewer, or ditch.

Mice infestations are confirmed by the following:

  • Seeing blunted droppings that look like small rods
  • Finding footprints with four front toes and five back toes
  • Hearing scratching and squeaking sounds
  • Discovering bite indentations on cables and foundations
  • Smelling recurring unpleasant odors

Are There Ways to Prevent Mice?

For a mouse-free abode, preventative protocols must be maintained. Keep in mind that these pests can penetrate domiciles in a flash, and they procreate at mass. You’ll have to pay great attention to cleaning practices, structural quality, and exterior care. Take these steps:

  • Lessen all clutter.
  • Clean your kitchen with detail and wash your dishes regularly.
  • Sweep and mop floors and vacuum rugs often.
  • Use containers with secure lids for food and garbage storage. Don’t exclude pet food.
  • Fix leaks and moisture faults immediately.
  • Seal holes in utilities, doors, windows, and foundations. Mice can chew plastic and rubber, so use steel wool.
  • Clear out your gutters, vents, and drains on a routine basis.
  • Set plants at least two feet away from the property.
  • Trim grass and greenery frequently.

How Will Owyhee Environmental Handle Mice?

Most people can’t reach the far-back spaces where mice hide. That’s why commercial traps and pesticides are essentially useless. Also, these products aren’t made to confront an infestation. Their toxicity is a complication too. We at Owyhee Environmental have safe and effective rodent control treatments that will eradicate mice. Our industrial-grade solutions include strategic traps and IQ bait stations that report activity to us. Follow-up visits are available. Call today for a free quote!

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