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Mice can cause structural damage to homes, apartments, offices, and virtually any type of building
through gnawing, nest-building and defecation:
Mice will chew on just about anything that they see as useful in their nests. This could be wood;
paper; cloth or books for example. A mouse will gnaw and burrow into upholstered furniture or seats
in a home to create a hidden snug home. Insulation is not safe from mice either - they'll tunnel
inside walls (either making it their new residence or gathering soft materials)
Mice can cause real threats of fire by gnawing on wiring. This has been known to happen because
mice will chew through the insulation around wires and may even build their nests in large appliances,
chewing away at or damaging any electrical wire they come into contact with. Sometimes that leads to
malfunctioning appliances which could lead increase the risk of fire.
What do mice eat?
Mice can't resist the lure of food, whether that's a fresh-cooked meal, leftover scraps or food debris.
Mice are technically omnivores and prefer eating grains such as breads and oats. They can also live on less
than an ounce of water per day if they don't have any other sources for them to eat from. With that being said, kitchen scraps
are not their only source of food; electrical wiring paper cardboard among many others will also do in place
of more nutritious dishes like crumbs that have fallen and been swept under the stove.
How do mice get inside your home?
Mice are likely attracted to your home because it is an open invitation for them. Be sure to seal up any
wall cracks, patch up foundations, and fill any holes or vents where mice can gain entry.
The important thing you should remember when trying to keep these pests out of your living space is that
there are many things that attract the rodents but just as many ways in preventing their infestations
from occurring. The first step would be looking for signs of a rodent issue (such as droppings) because
knowing what problem you are dealing with is the first half of the battle.
How do you get rid of mice?
Cindy Mannes, a spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association suggests that before you put
down any traps or bait to get rid of mice in your basement floor, do some detective work. Figure out
where they're coming from because just randomly putting traps all over won't help at all. Try and figure
out where they've been living and building nests then set up your trap around those general areas instead
After you have figured out where they are in your home, it is time to assess the damage. Often when there is one mouse, there are many
relatives lurking around the corner. If you are positive that you only have one mouse, then you can go ahead and set some traps around their
nesting grounds and highly trafficked areas. But, if you think there may be more than just one, we suggest hiring a professional pest control
company. And that is because you want speed on your hands. When you hire a pest control company, they will be to effectively take care of your
mouse infestation and prevent any further damage to your home.