How to Prevent House Mice in Your Humble, TX Home
Among homeowners’ worst nightmares involves those when mice are getting into their homes. This is one of the things that mice do well, as they forage for shelter, food, and water. Especially as fall goes into winter and temperatures start to drop. They might have even scouted out your Humble, TX home already!
One of the main types of mice you will encounter in Texas are House mice (Mus musculus). Along with Deer mice, as well as Field mice and White-footed mice, House mice are arguably the most prevalent mouse species that homeowners deal with.
Are You Hearing Scratching Noises at Night?
If you are noticing scratching sounds around your house, you may well have a mouse problem on your hands. Maybe in a nearby wall void or floor void, or maybe in your garage or crawl space.
As mice and rats forage around for food and water, they can cause damage to your home, chewing on electrical wires, woodwork, fabrics, furniture, and containers with stored food in your pantry or other storage area.
House mice also root around in filthy environments, spreading bacteria and leaving droppings and urine wherever they wander. The worst thing about House mice and other rodents is that they are carriers of several diseases. They also are a draw for other pests you don’t want in your home (e.g., fleas and ticks). Fleas and ticks will start feeding on humans, even in the absence of dogs or cats. Without a food source, you and your family are fair game.
You can implement some measures to make your home less attractive to House0 mice and rats, but if you have a serious infestation, you might need to call a pest control professional. Before doing that, you’ll want to do the best you can to identify exactly what kind of rodent or other pest you’re dealing with.
How to Help Prevent House Mice in Your Humble, TX Home
Here are some suggestions to help eliminate ways that mice might be able to get into your home:
- Make sure all window and door screens are in good repair, along with weatherproofing and exterior door sweeps.
- Screen vents, downspouts, and the opening to your chimney. Also make sure the flue is kept shut when not in use. Screen over (or fill in with copper wool) utility and pipe entry points into your home.
- Store food (including pet food) in airtight containers, keep trash covered tightly, and remove indoor trash daily, if necessary. Keep outdoor trash as far away from exterior doors as possible. Don’t leave your kitchen sink full of dirty dishes overnight.
- Repair plumbing leaks, indoors and out. Keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry. Use a dehumidifier if necessary. You don’t want to leave sources of water for mice, rats, and other pests.
- Seal up cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home.
- Repair loose mortar around your foundation.
- Keep your home and yard as clutter-free as possible. Remove empty cardboard boxes and stacks of newspaper and magazines.
- Keep firewood stored at least 20 feet away from your home’s exterior.
- Keep your lawn mowed, and tree branches/vegetation well-trimmed back from touching the sides of your home.
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House mice giving you and your family fits? These pesty rodents, along with other kinds of mice and rats, can be difficult to remove once they get a foothold in your home. They are prolific reproducers. There are things you can do to help keep your rodent-free, and these things will help you more easily keep your home rodent-free. Are you spending too much time chasing after rodent and other pest problems, though? You can save yourself time, stress, and money by calling our Humble, TX pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 for a consultation. You can also email us at [email protected]. We can help you manage your House mice and other pest problems at home and in your yard, and then we can show you what you can do to help prevent future problems. Spend more of your free time with family and friends this weekend!