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Finding a mouse scurry across your kitchen floor is never a welcomed sight. Mice are not only annoying, but they are also a health hazard for your family and can be detrimental to your home. Mice can be found throughout southern Utah, the most coming being Field Mice, Deer Mice, White Footed Mouse / White Footed Mice, Pack Rats, and the Eurasian Harvest Mouse / Eurasian Harvest Mice. One of their favorite places to live are in and around homes – there is food, shelter, and they can be relatively safe from predators (unless you have a cat). Mice can multiply quickly and adapt easily. Finding just one small mouse in your house can mean there are around a dozen hiding within the walls of your home.

Having mice invade your home can be dangerous for you and your family. These rodents can bring in harmful insects such as lice, ticks, and fleas into your home. In addition to this, they can transmit diseases including: Salmonella, Leptospirosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, and the Bubonic Plague. One small mouse can cause major damage to your home – chewing through wiring, insulation, and sheet rock in your home. Having a mouse chew through your wiring can be a real fire hazard and put your family’s safety at risk.

Mice can find their way into your home through small cracks or holes when they are searching for a shelter with water and food. Because they are small, they can squeeze through any small hole. These holes can be anything from a seal around a window or a door to an area around a pipe. Once a mouse finds its way into your home, it will begin to nest and search for food. Because mice can cause so much damage, it is important to know how to prevent them from entering in. Bybee Pest Control has 5 tips for you to keep your home mouse free.

Five Tips to Keep Your Home Mouse-Free:

1. Seal the exterior and interior of your home. Buy a caulking gun and seal up any crack or opening. These openings can usually be found around vents, pipes, windows, doors, cement, siding, or stucco. By sealing your home, you are not allowing rodents to have an easy access point into your home.

2. Keep food items cleaned up. Ensure to always clean up after eating. This includes sweeping, cleaning crumbs off of counters and tables, and putting food away in sealed containers or locations. After pets eat, ensure to clean up any spilt food or crumbs on the floor.

3. Keep trash sealed. Whether it be in your home or outside, ensure that all garbage is placed in a container that is sealed. Try to take trash out of the home once a day. This prevents mice from getting into bins to find any last bits of food.  

4. Avoid any clutter. By having clutter around the home and on the floor, mice are able to find a shelter out of your view. They can live in your home for months without you noticing. Keep surfaces, especially the floor of your home, clutter-free.

5. Clean your home. If mice find their way into your home, cleaning on a regular basis will help you avoid the diseases they may spread. In addition to this, by cleaning your home regularly, you will be able to catch anything you may have missed in your mouse prevention – crumbs of food, clutter on the ground, or holes in walls.

If these tips don’t work, give us a call. We will be happy to come by and set up our effective and efficient bate traps. Not only will our bate stations wipe out all of the mice out of your home, but they are also locked so you, your children, and your pets won’t get hurt by them. We are here to serve you, southern Utah!

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