3 Things Every Las Vegas Resident Should Know About Mice

12/6/2019


a house mouse crawling on the floor in a house in las vegas

The common house mouse lives up to its name in Vegas. These little rodents are common home-invading pests in the Greater Las Vegas area. But when they get into homes, the response can vary. Some people don't mind having a mouse in the house. They see them as pets. Others can't stand to have even a single mouse hiding inside their home and the sight of a mouse scurrying along a wall in the kitchen is enough to jump them out of their skin. And of course, there is everyone in between. No matter how you feel about mice taking up residence in your Vegas residence, you should know these 3 three things:

1. Mice Problems

The list of problems mice can cause is surprisingly long for such a cute little animal. Here are just a few of the many dangers they present:

  • Mice chew holes to get into your home. The holes they chew can be used by other pests that can't chew their way in, such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions.

  • Mice can bring ticks, fleas, lice, mites and other parasites in with them.

  • Mice get into trash and sewers. In these dirty places they pick up harmful bacteria and parasitic worms, which they bring with them into your home.

  • Mice are linked to several illnesses including Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, rat-bite fever.

  • Mice chew holes in stored furniture and other stored belongings.

  • Mice soak areas with their urine and leave their droppings in many places.

  • Mice make noises in your walls, if you're lucky. Why do we say, "If you're lucky"? Because, most of the time mice don't make any noise at all. This can leave you at risk for illness and property damage.

  • Mice chew on wires. If a mouse chews on a live wire, it can cause a house fire.

2. Warning Signs Of Mouse Infestation

It is important to recognize the signs of a mouse infestation. You should also know where to look for these signs. They can be subtle.

  • Mice leave their droppings in many places. A common and easy location to check for droppings is under your kitchen sink or in the backs of your cabinets and drawers. You'll also easily see rodent droppings scattered on insulation in your attic space.

  • Mice create nests in attic spaces. If you have an infestation, you're likely to find matted nests in corners, tight spaces and inside stored boxes or furniture.

  • If you have a dog or a cat, your pet can help you know if you have a mouse infestation. Dogs and cats can hear and smell things that you can't. When a pet acts odd in the kitchen, it is often because there is a rodent present.

3. How To Prevent A Mouse Infestation

There is a lot you can do to prevent a mouse infestation. Here are a few of the best strategies:

  • Do a detailed inspection of your foundation wall and the exterior of your home. Fill in any gaps, cracks or holes you find. Keep in mind that a mouse can get in through a hole the size of a dime.

  • Put wire mesh in the bottoms of your downspouts to prevent mice from climbing up to your vulnerable roofline.

  • Trim tree branch back away from your roofline.

  • Remove lawn clutter. Mice can hide in many objects. A yard that has many hiding places is more interesting to mice.

  • Keep your exterior trash in covered containers.

It is okay to have pet mice, but you shouldn't allow wild mice to live in your home. If mice get into your Las Vegas home, remember that Red Rock Pest Control is always available to help you get rid of them with our professional rodent control service. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.




 

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