Mice In Pleasanton Are Causing Problems for Homeowners

December 15, 2021

Mice in Pleasanton can cause serious problems for homeowners thanks to their adaptability and skills at invading hard-to-reach areas. As such, people have lots of questions about mice and what they can do to keep these pests out of their Pleasanton homes for good.

A house mouse on a loaf of bread.

What Attracts Mice In The House?

The lure of food, water, and warm shelter is what often attracts mice to our homes. Typically, they will be attracted to items around the perimeter of your house, such as birdseed, garden vegetables, and insects, before being drawn indoors. Once inside, mice generally aren’t picky eaters and will eat anything they can find, such as:

  • Fruits, nuts, and berries (both fresh and stored)
  • Pet food
  • Meat
  • Grains and seeds
  • House plants, herbs, and vegetables
  • Any leftover food

Mice are also attracted to cluttered areas in your home where they can hide (such as attics) and spots with excess moisture where they can obtain a drink (like bathrooms and kitchens).

How Do I Keep Mice Out Of My House?

If you want to keep mice out of your home, you can employ some useful prevention tips:

  • Seal up food waste and trash to prevent mice from being attracted to the scent. You should also clean food and liquid spills quickly and refrain from leaving out leftover food or dirty dishes.
  • Clean your yard of debris and keep the grass trimmed to eliminate any hiding spots for mice and deter them from entering your home in the first place.
  • Inspect your house for entry points and seal them up with hard cement, as mice can’t chew through this. Mice can fit through holes as small as the width of a pen, so be sure to be thorough.

Can Mice Climb Walls?

Yes, mice are quite adept at climbing and can climb up to 13 inches on a smooth vertical wall. They can also jump up to a foot in the air, making them difficult to get rid of in your home, thanks to their athleticism and hiding abilities.

Can Mice See In The Dark?

Even though mice are nocturnal creatures, they cannot see in the dark and generally have very poor vision. That said, they do prefer to look for food and hide in dark areas and have special adaptations that allow them to do this, even with their poor vision. Mice can detect motion in low lighting and use their whiskers to feel around themselves, searching for food, friends, and enemies. 

Does One Mouse Mean An Infestation?

Usually, if you see one mouse, there are more around, especially if you start to see a mouse from time to time during daylight hours. An infestation is generally well underway by the time you start seeing active signs of mice around your home.

How Do I Get Rid Of Mice?

Mice can be incredibly difficult to get rid of by yourself, thanks to their skill at hiding in your walls and attics, their impressive reproductive ability, and their adaptability. While traps and DIY methods may reduce the number of mice in your home, the only thing that can fully eliminate an infestation is help from pest control professionals.

Contact Patriot Pest Management for targeted, effective help in removing mice from your home before they become a bigger problem by spreading diseases and leaving behind destruction.

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