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All The Problems Mice Bring To West Palm Beach Homes

December 15, 2021 - Mice

Homeowners in the West Palm Beach region of Florida regularly face problems associated with rodents that are navigating their property seeking food, water, shelter, and potential nesting sites. Some of the most common types include Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice. The house mouse is typically two to four inches long, has fur that appears as grey or brown and has black eyes. 

House mice are aptly named because they tend to reside in close proximity to humans, which often allows them access to food. As with the majority of rodents, they create a variety of risks. 

Eliminate Mice To Prevent Property Damage 

Mice have overgrown front teeth that cause them to gnaw on things constantly, which could be a potential fire hazard when it involves household electrical wiring. Mice also burrow through drywall, insulation, and other materials creating property damage and contaminating surfaces with their excrement. 

The Health Risks Posed By Kinds Of Mice

Mice are known for spreading leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and many other harmful conditions. They also contaminate food sources and may carry parasites as they travel through sewers and trash areas.

Tips For Preventing Mice

Some of the best practices include:

  • Limiting access to food sources is among the most critical measures; therefore, keep kitchen floors free of crumbs and wipe up spills, avoid leaving dirty dishes out overnight, and ensure that trash receptacles with food scraps have durable lids. 
  • Closely inspect the exterior of the property for potential points of entry and seal them, including spaces below exterior doors, gaps around utility line pass-throughs, and cracks near the foundation of the structure. 
  • Reduce sources of food in exterior areas by removing birdfeeders, promptly picking up fallen fruit, and not placing pet food dishes in garages or on patios or decks. 
  • Eliminate unnecessary water sources that may attract rodents by fixing leaky hoses and spigots, keeping gutter systems clear, and properly ventilating crawlspaces and basements. 

When Should I Contact A Professional To Eliminate Mice?

Have you unsuccessfully tried natural ways to deter mice, mice repellant sprays, and other store-bought mice control products? These do-it-yourself options commonly lead to very mediocre results that are insufficient for ousting larger infestations where the pests have become deeply entrenched within walls and other hard-to-reach areas of the structure. In the meanwhile, rodents are likely to proliferate and expand their presence rapidly. 

A better course of action is to contact a local pest controller that will visit the property for a detailed inspection. A technician with Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior areas to identify the type(s) of pests involved and determine the likely access points. We will also potentially identify other property conditions that might make the premises vulnerable to other pest-related intrusions. 

Licensed Pest Control Specialists In West Palm Beach 

Since 1979, the family-owned team of seasoned professionals with Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services has been producing positive outcomes for home and business owners in this region. We have expertise that extends well beyond simply eliminating mice and other rodents and are trained and equipped to handle problems with termites, cockroaches, and many other troublesome invaders that may damage property and pose health risks. We also have an on-staff entomologist, which is a specialized field that focuses on insects. 

An entomologist has an understanding of the ways that insects behave, reproduce, and interact with the physical environment. This specialization affords us the benefit of knowing how to safely and effectively control pests in residential, agricultural, and commercial settings in a manner that protects the ecosystem and poses no risks to human health. We are also active in local, state, and national organizations within the industry, including the Florida Pest Management Association and others that advocate for the development of eco-friendly products and treatment options. 

Contact our office today to schedule an onsite inspection.