The Secret To Keeping Mice Out Of Honolulu Homes
January 15, 2022 - Mice
It truly should not be kept a secret. There are steps you can take to remove mice from your home. As a resident of Honolulu, you can rest easy knowing there are options out there, and you no longer have to cohabitate with mice.
The Common House Mouse
A common house mouse is considered “common” for a simple reason. The house mouse is found all over the United States, even in Hawaii.
A house mouse is typically a small, furry creature with rounded ears. It is usually brown in color, with a white underbelly and a long, skinny tail. A pointed snout with long whiskers makes the face of a common house mouse somewhat adorable. However, the damage and disease a mouse can spread is anything but.
A Mouse’s Dependency On Humans
Why does a house mouse decide to live in your house? While they may scatter in fear of humans, the house mouse is often dependent on humans to live.
Mice will seek a home for multiple reasons. Primarily, mice are seeking shelter. They want to escape unpleasant weather, such as rain, heat, or wind. Mice will find quiet spaces such as basements, attics, and garages convenient to avoid humans while simultaneously living off human amenities.
Mice also appreciate living with humans due to the access to food. From the trash you throw away to the food stored in your cupboards, the house mouse can find easy access to the food sources in your home.
The Dangers Of A House Mouse
Despite their cute faces, mice are not the pests you want in your Honolulu home. Mice carry many diseases, such as leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), tularemia, and salmonellosis.
Furthermore, if you have a mouse infestation, you may be susceptible to other pest problems as well as this pest comes with its own pests! In other words, mice can also offer “a ride” for fleas or parasites to enter your home. These parasites pose a myriad of additional threats to those who live in or visit your home.
It Is Never Just ONE Mouse In The House
You may have noticed the feces, small pellet-shaped waste in your kitchen drawers. You may have seen boxes of food with chewed holes in the corners. Perhaps you have seen evidence of nests, with fabrics, stuffing, or strings gathered into a dark corner.
No matter what you have seen to tip you off, where there is one mouse, you can rest assured there are many. Mice tend to live together. Additionally, one female mouse can breed five to ten times per year. With one delivery, a mouse can have three to 14 pups. Whether the litter is large or small, you can see how a house mouse problem can get out of hand in a hurry.
Preventing Mice From Entering Your Honolulu Home
Did you know that the common house mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime? Their ability to enter even the tiniest of spaces makes it tough to keep them out of your house.
Still, there are methods you can use to prevent their entry. For example, homeowners in Honolulu should:
- Fill Noticeable Holes And Entry Points: Check spaces such as doors, windows, vents, and screens to look for holes. Fill holes with caulking, a mesh wire, or metal coverings. Mice cannot chew through metal.
- Secure Food With Suitable Storage Containers: Selecting food storage materials, such as metal or plastic canisters that can seal tightly and prevent mice from gaining access to your food. By ensuring your cupboards are tightly fitted, not to mention the food stored inside them, you can prevent mice from having easy access.
- Remove Trash From Your Property: Do not allow large piles of waste to build up in or around your home. Mice can find such spaces attractive to both nest in and eat from if found on your property. Keep your spaces free from debris, including food trash, yard waste, or garbage.
- Don’t Plant Too Close To The House: A mouse can jump up to one foot in height. Keeping bushes and trees trimmed away from the house structure can prevent mice from entering in the first place. Keep tree branches away from the roof of the house. Do not plant items too near the foundation, as these become easy points of entry for a common house mouse.
You can try all of these prevention techniques and still find yourself dealing with a mouse problem. In the end, it may be best to partner with a professional.
Partner Pest Tech Hawaii For Comprehensive Rodent Control
Once you have seen a mouse, or evidence thereof, in your Honolulu house, there is only one surefire way to get rid of them: Contact Pest Tech Hawaii.
Our professionals can perform a full assessment of your home and property to ensure mice are removed and stay out of your home for good.
Don’t let the expensive and dangerous damages a mouse can cause happen in your house. Call Pest Tech Hawaii today for complete rodent control services. These consist of a thorough inspection of your home, customized treatments, and follow-ups to ensure your mouse problem is gone for good. Reach out to us today to learn more about our one-time or recurring rodent control options.