You have seen them in the movies, mostly cartoons. They are comical, fun, and usually presented as adorable creatures who are either in a constant battle with the house cat or trying to find their next meal. In reality, mice aren't as entertaining when they are actually in your home. These rodents can present a danger to not only your property but also your health. It's important to understand what to look for and how to protect your home from mice.
How To Identify Mice In Your Hudson Valley Home
The common house mouse is rather simple to identify, but it's important not to mix it up with a rat. A few key features to note regarding a mouse include:
- A dusty gray color with a cream-colored belly
- A body length up to 3¾ inches, with a tail just as long
- A pointed muzzle
- Rounded body shape
- Rather large ears with hair
Besides finding a mouse eating cheese, you might also find them feasting on seeds, cereals, insects, fruits, and just about any food they could possibly find in your house. They aren't exactly the pickiest eaters when it comes to the rodent family. Due to their attitude towards food; your family, as well as your home, make the perfect hosts for these four-legged creatures.
Mice and human relationships go back thousands of years. Humans have always provided the exact habitat mice prefer; shelter and an unlimited variety of food. Mice have formed a dependent relationship with humans, which is why your home just might end up with a mouse problem unless you know what to look for and how to deal with it.
Dangers House Mice Present To Your Home & Family
To avoid the negative effects of mice, you can take proactive steps to ensure your home is protected. It's important to note that mice can squeeze through holes slightly larger than a dime. Be diligent in following these tips and be as detailed as you can.
- Seal any holes larger than the size of a dime. Make sure to utilize materials they cannot chew through, like silicone-based caulk or steel wool.
- Keep your home clean, and tidy, and make sure boxes, garbage, and food are off the floor.
- Make sure the kitchen counter, tables, fabrics, and floor are crumb-free. Be proactive about properly storing food in either glass or metal containers.
Follow these general guidelines to protect your home, your resources, and your family's health.
Call Pestmaster® Services For Help Protecting Your Hudson Valley Home
If you begin to notice signs of a mouse infestation, such as gnaw marks, mouse droppings, damaged food, or a foul odor, call the pros at Pestmaster® Services. With over 40 years of experience in the pest control industry, we have the skills and resources to meet the challenges facing your home. We provide excellent all-around care for your property and family with an environmentally conscious approach to pest services.