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How To Get Rid Of Mice In Your Roseville Home: Tips For Effective Prevention And Control

a mouse in a home

Mice might be cute, they might feature in lots of adorable children's cartoons, and they might even make good pets, assuming they're of the domesticated variety. But wild mice infesting your home are a totally different story. These dangerous pests can spread all kinds of diseases and do serious property damage, which is why they need to be high up on your Roseville pest control priority list.

Identifying The Common Mouse: Differentiating Mice From Other Rodents

When you have a mouse infestation, it can be difficult to differentiate it from other rodent infestations, especially rat infestations. This is because rats and mice look similar to one another and cause a lot of the same types of damage. Whether you have rats or mice, you're going to be finding feces everywhere and you're going to be seeing teeth marks and damage from gnawing. The best way to tell if you have a rat or mouse problem is to see the animals. 

Once you're up close and personal, mouse identificationis easier, as the differences between rats and mice are stark. The biggest difference, of course, is size. Rats are many times the size of mice, so you should have no problem differentiating an adult mouse from an adult rat.

If you are worried you might be looking at a juvenile rat, check out the shape of the rodent and its hair. Mice are more delicate than rats, and they have proportionately larger ears and a more tapered face. They also have soft fur and fuzzy tails, while the more robust rats have coarse coats and hairless tails.

Why Mice Are A Problem: Health Risks And Property Damage

One of the reasons rodent control in Roseville is so vital is that mice spread many of the same diseases rats do. They spread potentially deadly illnesses such as hantavirus, tularemia, and salmonellosis. They have no issues defecating where you eat and even inside the things you eat, and they contaminate surfaces by shedding hairs on them and dragging their filthy feet across them as well. 

Not only do mice spread serious illnesses, but they also can wreak havoc on your property. Like all rodents, mice have front incisors that never stop growing. This means they have to constantly chew on hard items to grind their teeth down to an appropriate length. This leads them to chew on everything from furniture to plumbing and even live electrical wiring, which can and does spark house fires. Mice also love to rip up plush items like furniture cushions and insulation to make their nests.

The Importance Of Prompt Mouse Removal: Call Us Right Away!

Because they pose such serious dangers to both your health and your property, it's vital to get rid of mice as soon as you realize you have them. Every day you live with mice is a day that they are chewing on your home and exposing you to dangerous illnesses.

Unfortunately, eliminating mice is much easier said than done. Mice breed fast, meaning that if you eliminate one adult, it has probably already replaced itself many times over. This, in turn, means mouse infestations can keep growing even if you are eliminating some individuals. Mice are also much smarter than most other pests you will deal with, which means they can outsmart a lot of store-bought mouse control methods. 

However, they cannot outsmart the experts here at Bell Pest Control. We perform thorough inspections to determine where mice are entering your home and how to best eliminate your infestation. Where they can outsmart grocery store products, they cannot outsmart our professional-grade control technologies. So don't let them keep living with you for free. Let us evict them for you.

Preventative Measures For Mice: Keep Them Out Before They Get In

The good news is that it's much easier to keep mice away if you don't already have an infestation. You just have to follow a few mouse prevention best practices:

  • Store all pantry foods in airtight containers. 
  • Cover indoor and outdoor garbage cans with tight lids.
  • Avoid leaving pet food sitting out; feed pets and put their food away. 
  • Seal all potential entryways into your home with metal mesh. 
  • Get rid of easy water sources like kiddie pools and birdbaths. 

And remember, if you start seeing signs of mice,don't hesitate. Call the experts at Bell Pest Control right away for help with mice and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Roseville.

Contact us to schedule your complimentary inspection, and we’ll provide you with an estimate for our services.