Mice and other rodents are common household pests that usually start making their presence apparent in the early fall. We continue to address these rodent problems through the fall and winter as they seek out their winter shelters in warm locations like homes and garages. They are resourceful pests, and enter homes through the smallest openings or cracks. They can easily fit through spaces as small as a nickel.
Mice can cause damage to homes. Of particular concern, rodents may cause an electrical fire by gnawing through electrical wires. They also carrying bacteria such as salmonaella, and can contaminate food, kitchen surfaces and equipment. In New Mexico In particular, the risk of Hantavirus from mice droppings is a concern.
Preventing and eliminating rodent infestations doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, and can be as easy as install door sweeps on exterior doors and repairing damaged windows screens. The Pest Management Association recommends taking the following steps to prevent mice:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
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