Why Do I Have Mice In My Las Vegas Home?
There is a reason the common house mouse has the word "common" in its name. This mouse species loves to live in our homes with us because it likes to establish itself as close as possible to a plentiful food source. If it finds that source in your kitchen or pantry, you're going to have some trouble. Mice reproduce quickly, and they create many problems when they get inside. Let's take a look at common house mice and see what makes those mice tick.
How Is The House Mouse Different From Other Rodents?
The common house mouse is one of the smallest rodents that get into Las Vegas homes. They range in size from 2 ½ to 3 ¾ inches long. Half of that length is tail, which is thin, and appears hairless. They are usually a dusty gray color with a cream-colored underside. Their eyes are black and their ears are big, compared to rat ears.
House mice behave differently than many other rodents that get into Las Vegas Homes. Deer mice can get into residential structures but they prefer to inhabit barns, sheds and outbuildings. Norway rats get in but they prefer to create underground burrows in your yard. Squirrels get in but they usually stay in attic spaces. Roof rats get into attics spaces but will also move about your entire home. House mice try to create their nests as close to your food as possible. Often, their nests are in the wall voids of pantries and kitchens. This makes them the most frustrating of all the rodent pests we have. They get into interior food sources a lot more than other rodents.
What Attracts A Mouse To My Yard?
There are many things that attract mice. Some of them are obvious. Some are not so obvious.
Tall grass and overgrown landscaping. Mice aren't very brave. They prefer a yard that offers lots of cover from predators. If you have tall grass and overgrowth, a mouse will feel safer exploring your yard.
Things to hide in. A nervous mouse will prefer a yard with lots of places to hide. If you have objects in your backyard that don't need to be there, it is better to store them inside, rather than allow mice to use them as hiding places.
Water. Puddles, ponds and other water sources give mice a drink and make one yard more desirable than another.
Moisture. When moisture builds up around a home, it can lead to wood rot. This can be attractive to mice because they chew holes in wood to gain access to the voids within, and it is much easier to chew through rotting wood rather than fresh wood.
Food. The primary staple of a mouse's diet is seeds. If they find birdseed on the ground near your home, they'll be very happy to stick around.
Why Is It Bad To Have A Mouse Infestation?
You may wonder, "What's the big deal? How can a little mouse be a problem?" We understand why you might think this. Here are just a few of the ways mice can impact your life.
They chew on exterior and interior building materials.
They damage items that are stored in attics and storage rooms.
They chew holes in food packages and contaminate the food inside.
They contaminate dishes, silverware, and food-preparation surfaces just by crawling over them.
They leave their droppings everywhere.
They soak fiberglass and other building materials with their urine.
They spread ticks and other parasites around.
They chew on wires and are considered a fire hazard.
Professional Rodent Control
If you live in Las Vegas and you're seeing house mice in your home, contact Red Rock Pest Control. Our expertly-trained and licensed professionals understand the threat mice present, and they know what industry-leading rodent control methods work to remove and exclude them. If you have a mouse problem, we can help!
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