Will Mice Damage My Wellington, CO Home?

First things first: Do mice cause property damage? The answer is a resounding yes! And the longer you wait to address the issue, the larger the infestation can grow (more on that later), and the worse the damage to your home will ultimately become.

Why have mice-infested my home?

The mice have chosen your home or buildings on your property to set up shop because it fulfills all of their basic needs (shelter, food, and water) in a way that the outside, natural world never could. There’s plenty of easily accessible food, plenty of places to hide (and therefore plenty of places to nest), and water will be relatively easy to access.

Odds are, if you look around your yard and home, you’ll see the things that have attracted the mice to you. Notice anything like standing water; trash or recycling (or compost) bins that could be sealed a little tighter; or even things like bird seed or pet food that you’ve stored in a shed or in the garage? These are huge attractors to mice.

Why is my house attractive to mice?

What about the house itself? Any cracks, breeches, or holes in the siding or brick? Are there gaps where utilities enter the house? Mice are so small and so flexible that an opening no larger than a dime is all they need to pass through. They can smell the food inside. They can feel the warmth And, as you already know, once they’ve made their way in, they’re in it for the long haul.

Your home is the perfect place to be warm, to be dry, and to be full of food pretty much all of the time, not to mention the many, many spaces that they can hide and nest. The corners of your garage or basement, the crawlspace, the attic, voids in walls, even inside parked cars, lawn mowers, or other appliances! If mice can find a way in, they will. They’re naturally resilient creatures, and, despite their diminutive size, are incredibly strong, in the teeth, that is.

What kind of damage can mice do to my home?

The mouse has incisors — their two front teeth — that are constantly growing. This is one of the reasons that they are constantly gnawing. These teeth essentially grow at a rate of about one new set of incisors per month. Not only are they rapidly growing, but they are so strong that they can chew through wood, drywall, concrete, and even certain types of metal.

Mice, in an effort to gather nesting material and manage incisor growth, have been known to shred insulation (which they also ruin by toxifying it with their urine and droppings), damage wood, and even chew on electrical wiring. The latter is especially scary as it could increase the possibility of a house fire. In short, mice leave considerable damage in their wake and must be dealt with quickly and effectively.

What other threats do mice pose?

In addition to the property damage that mice are sure to cause you, their droppings and urine are also carriers of disease, including hantavirus, salmonella, and other asthma-related ailments. Cleaning up after a mouse infestation must be dealt with very carefully because it becomes especially toxic when it is airborne. This is not a job for a vacuum and a wet rag.

In fact, it is such a risky procedure, that the Centers for Disease Control has created a very specific set of guidelines that anyone cleaning up after an infestation should follow. We can’t recommend this enough. Read the CDC guidelines carefully, and make sure you have all of your protective gear and cleaning materials ready to go before you begin. It will make the job more effective and keep you safe in the process.

You’ll be surprised how many surfaces and objects will need to be cleaned. If they’ve made their way into food storage areas, odds are that you’ll need to discard anything that wasn’t in an airtight, impenetrable container. And as you’re cleaning, you might ask yourself, “How many mice were here?” and, odds are, it was more than you might expect.

How big was my mouse infestation?

While we can’t necessarily say for certain how big of an infestation you had (unless we see it for ourselves), we do know quite a bit about how mice nest and grow their hordes. It only takes a month or two before a mouse reaches their sexual maturity, and once they do become pregnant, it’s only an additional 20 days or so before they give birth.

When a mouse does give birth, their litters are, on average, between 10 to 15 pups — and they can give birth as many as 10 times per year! That’s a lot of mice from just one fertile mouse in a very short period of time. Now do you see why we place such an emphasis on contacting professional exterminators right away? Things can get out of hand pretty quickly otherwise.

Can’t I just manage the mouse extermination myself?

It’s not impossible for the layperson to manage a mouse infestation, but it’s no easy task. Managing a rodent infestation requires the right combination of experience, bait and equipment, and resilience.

Our recommendation to most folks that we work with is to let our professional extermination team assess the infestation, make recommendations for treating the infestation, and then provide you additional recommendations for preventing future infestations from occurring.

These preventative recommendations may include certain types of yard cleanup, standing water removal, repairing exterior damage to the home to close off entry points for the pests, as well as recommendations for storing trash, recycling, and compost bins.

Mouse infestations: The bottom line

There’s really no question that mice can cause damage to your home. What’s more, they pose serious health concerns to your family as well. The mice extermination professionals at Effective Pest Services are here to help you understand the depth of your infestation and provide recommendations to you that can give you the peace of mind you deserve because you can be certain that your rodent problems will be a thing of the past. That’s our commitment to you!

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