Keeping Mice Out Of Your Yakima County Home This Winter

December 1, 2022


Mouse control ranks at the top of the list of priorities for pest control in Yakima County, and it should be. Did you know that mice actually cause costly property damage? Not only that but mice are known to spread dozens of diseases that can make people very sick.

Mice enter your home in search of food and shelter from the elements. As winter approaches and the weather outside gets colder, mice are even more likely to try to come inside. We'll explore how mice can make you sick without actually coming into contact with you, why it's hard to get rid of them on your own, and how Prosite Pest Control can help you get rid of mice.

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As It Gets Colder, Mice Will Try Harder To Come Inside

It is only natural for mice in Yakima County to want to find a warm area to nest in the winter. Your nicely heated home is a superb option for them. Unfortunately for you, mice can enter your home through exceedingly tiny openings. A mouse can enter your home through an opening no larger than a dime. They may enter through a torn window screen, a crack in the foundation, a loose shingle, a damaged eave, and many more common gaps in your home's exterior. It pays to be vigilant about access points in your home through which rodents may enter throughout the year. However, the colder conditions that drive mice indoors during this season make this an even more vital task in the winter.

You Don't Have To Touch Mice For Them To Make You Sick

There are a number of diseases that you can contract from mice. Many people incorrectly think that catching illnesses from mice only occurs when you actually come into contact with them. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You can catch a wide array of diseases by inadvertently coming into contact with mice droppings, urine, saliva, and even nesting materials. Just a few of the illnesses that mice spread include hantavirus, salmonella, tularemia, and plague. In fact, hantavirus is rarely contracted by a mouse bite. Instead, it commonly spreads through indirect contact.

Why It Is So Hard To Get Rid Of Mice On Your Own

Inherent in the task of getting rid of mice are mouse extermination and exclusion. Exclusion requires identifying and removing all possible entry points that mice could fashion out of even the tiniest imperfection in your home's exterior. It takes a trained eye and years of experience to know what to look for and how to eliminate a mouse problem and keep it from coming back. Beyond exclusion, properly terminating the entire mice infestation involves both locating the population and deploying the most effective bait and trap combination. 

Many times, DIYers put out a few traps. If you catch a few mice, you may feel a sense of success, but this method often misses the mark. The longer the traps are left out in their environment, the better mice become at avoiding them. The likelihood of catching the entire population this way is low, and if you haven't found a way to prevent new mice from coming inside, results will be short-lived at best. 

The Pros To Call For Safe And Effective Mouse Control

Mouse problems can become full-blown infestations before you know it. Did you know that mice can cause costly damage in addition to spreading disease? Some mouse problems are so severe that the persistently chewing rodents have caused electrical wires to fray, in turn causing house fires. Mouse infestations should be taken seriously from day one. If you see any signs of mice in your house, call Prosite Pest Control for the best mouse pest control. We will locate mice entry points and seal them up. Then we'll develop a tailor-made pest control plan to exterminate these unwanted pests. Once your mouse problem is under control, we'll follow-up with monitoring on an as-needed or regular basis.




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