How’d that Mouse Get in My House?

Do you hear scurrying inside your walls? Have you seen a mouse scamper across your floor and shock everyone in the room? Have you found bite and gnaw marks on boxes or bags of food? If you have mice inside your house, you’re probably wondering how they got there and what you can do to prevent them in the future. 

In today’s blog post from Earthwise Pest Management, we are going to discuss the ways that mice commonly enter your home and how you can keep them outside where they belong. Continue reading to learn more and if you have mice or any other rodents in your home, contact Earthwise Pest Management for Sacramento rodent control

Cracks in the Walls

Mice can enter your home through large or very small cracks in your walls. To prevent them from entering, examine the exterior of your home and fill in any holes that you find. Remember, mice can enter through holes smaller than you would expect. 

The Ventilation System

Vents can leave openings to your house that are large enough for a mouse or rat to squeeze through. To prevent rodents from having access to your home, seal any gaps around the vents and cover them with metal screening. 

Gaps Around Windows

Mice can also get in through small gaps around your windows. These might be gaps that you didn’t even know existed because they’re so tiny, but mice have a way of fitting through small areas, especially when they’re looking for some food and a warm place to live. Examine your windows, especially if you live in an older home, and seal any gaps or openings.

Holes in the Roof

Mice often become a problem in the attic because it’s a safe, warm place without much human activity, except for when we go up to get our Christmas decorations out. They find the attic as a nice place to live with easy access to your living area where they will make a meal of crumbs and food scraps left behind. They commonly enter through small holes or openings in your roof. Protect your home from rodents by sealing these openings with a waterproof sealant. 

The Chimney

Chimneys are a warm and cozy place for mice to enter your home and build a nest. A chimney grate or cap can easily be installed to keep the rodents out. 

Open Windows

Even if you have screens on your windows, if they are bent or have small holes in them, mice can sneak in. It’s absolutely fine to open your windows for some fresh air, just make sure you have a tight-fitting screen without any holes. 

The Garage Door

Mice can enter your home through your attached garage as well. How many times have you left the garage door open while working in the yard or washing your car in the driveway? That is the perfect opportunity for a mouse to sneak into your home. Keeping your garage door closed as often as possible and ensuring that there are no gaps or openings will help keep the pests outside where they belong. 

Outside Decorations

When decorations are put outside, such as wreaths, mice often burrow inside them. When you bring in your decorations, the mice tend to come with it. When you are bringing in your outdoor decorations, give them a good shake first to make sure there are no rodents hiding in there. 

Call the Sacramento Pest Control Experts

If you find that there are mice or other rodents in your home, the best way to get rid of them is to contact a professional Sacramento pest control expert. At Earthwise Pest Management, we specialize in rodent control and many other pests control services including ants, termites, spiders, and more. Contact us today to get that mouse out of your house.