Many people do. So don’t worry if the answer is yes! There are lots of mouse species in Arizona, but the most common is the simple house mouse. They like to seek shelter in Phoenix, Arizona homes, particularly within walls and attics. Adults are dusty gray in color with cream-colored stomachs. They can adapt very well to harsh conditions and tend to breed very rapidly. In fact, one female house mouse can produce up to 35 babies each year!
If you think you have mice in your walls or attic, call a local pest control technician in Mesa you can trust.
Risks of Mice
Preventing mice from getting into your home in the first place is important. Once they’re in your home, it’s tough to get them out. And sure, while rodent infestation is certainly a nuisance, it’s also a serious health risk. That’s because house mice carry and spread bacteria and diseases, and also contaminate food.
Their feces and urine can become airborne, triggering asthma or allergy symptoms. Their droppings accumulate quickly in hidden recesses of your home, and walls and attics are their favorite places to hide, eat, breed and leave their droppings. If that weren’t bad enough, house mice carry in other pests with them, such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites – also capable of spreading disease.
Be on the lookout for their droppings, urine stains, or damaged food containers.
Prevention of Mice & Rodents
There are some things you can do to prevent a mouse infestation in your walls and attic. Because they can squeeze through holes as small as a dime, look for and seal any gaps and cracks that could give them a way of entering your home.
Install door sweeps on all exterior doors, repair damaged screens, place screens over vents and chimneys openings, seal cracks and holes on the outside of your house, and replace loose weather stripping and mortar.
You should also eliminate food and water resources that could attract mice into your home. Dispose of trash regularly, store food in airtight containers, keep closets clutter free, wipe up spills and crumbs, and make sure your attics and crawl spaces are dry and well-ventilated. Store firewood more than 20 feet away from your home and trim back all shrubbery.
Here are some red flags that there are mice in your walls or attic.
- You notice their waste. Droppings are either soft and moist, or dry and solid. They are rod-shaped with pointy ends. House mouse urine smells like ammonia.
- You see evidence of their movement. Mice use the same pathways when scurrying around, leaving behind rub marks, footprints and droppings. You may see four-toed or five-toed prints from their front and hind legs or oily rub marks along the walls.
- You see rough or smooth gnaw marks or burrows in insulation.
Contact Simply Green Pest Control in Chandler, AZ
If you think you have a house mouse infestation, seek professional assistance from a pest control technician right away. Schedule your free inspection with our Chandler, Gilbert & Scottsdale AZ pest control professionals when you Contact at 480-550-9220.