The Answers To Torrington's Most Commonly Asked Mouse Questions

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Mice are a lot of things, but they aren’t dumb. Science has determined mice are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet. Able to learn patterns and adapt to avoid danger, these pets and pests have proven time and time again to be capable of learning. Inside homes, pest mice put their smarts to good use to avoid homeowners, steal food, build nests, and dodge and disarm traps. If you have questions about these invasive furry pests, we are here today with your answers and why Torrington pest control is the best way to get rid of mice.

How Common Are Mice?

Mice are smaller than most rodents here in the United States. A house mouse, one of the most common mouse species here in Torrington and around the world, can squeeze its body through a hole the size of a nickel. This feat, combined with the fact that mice prefer living inside with humans rather than outdoors, makes mice the most common home-invading rodent in the world.

Are Mice Good Climbers?

Mice are agile creatures. In controlled testing, mice were studied climbing up 13 inch tall smooth walls and jumping over a foot in the air. It is not uncommon for these dexterous pests to climb up trees nearby homes and use overhanging branches to gain access to rooflines, attic windows, and unsealed chimneys.

Can A Mouse Hurt Me?

Despite their small size and objectively adorable appearance, mice are dangerous pests. When not kept in a cage and fed healthy food, mice have a habit of ingesting and picking up disease-causing organisms. They spread these organisms throughout homes in the form of their fecal matter and urine. When cleaning up after these dangerous pests, make sure to use protective gloves and a facemask to reduce your chances of getting sick.

What Attracts Mice To A Home?

Mice look for three things in a home easy access to food, places to build a nest, and available water sources. The dirtier a home is, the more options mice have to find these three necessities. A clean home, however, does not prevent mice. Using their wits and strong teeth, mice chew through walls to gain access to food storage areas and into boxes of food to get their fill. To stay out of sight, mice build their nests inside wall and ceiling voids. As for water, mice don’t always need to find this resource inside. If water has collected outside your home or it has rained recently, mice will simply go outside to get a drink and then come back in.

How Can I Keep Mice Out Of My Home?

If your home does not currently have a mouse infestation, there are a few things you can do to keep it that way. Here are some great mouse prevention tips our experts recommend:

  • Fill in gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior using steel wool and a caulking gun.
  • Make sure your window/door screens are rip/tear-free.
  • Invest in rodent-proof door sweeps.
  • Trim back tree branches and bushes at least five feet from your home’s exterior.
  • Repair damage to your roofline and make sure your chimneys have rodent-proof caps.
  • Eliminate clutter and debris from around your yard.
  • After feeding your pets, pick up and clean out their bowls.
  • Keep your home clean and do not neglect beneath large kitchen appliances, furniture, and in though to reach places.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Mice?

When it comes to getting mice out of a home, there is only one solution that is guaranteed to solve your problem fast. At Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control, we take rodent control seriously. We know how dangerous and destructive these pests can be, which is why we only offer the highest quality treatments and exclusion services when handling these pests.

Reach out to our team today to schedule your Torrington home for a home pest control service visit to handle and prevent invasive mice.