Fall is a beautiful time year, but it is also that time of year that mice will start looking to get inside our homes. Even though mice can be a nuisance all year long and Knoxville, Tennessee does not experience the extreme cold weather that all of the northern states do, the mice in Tennessee still take notice of the changing temperatures and will seek refuge.
Most commonly, you will experience the ordinary house mouse that will find a convenient entry point into your home in the fall. Your humble abode offers everything that the house mouse needs to survive: warmth, shelter, food, water and all kinds of things to chew on. Don’t be fooled by their cuteness, these pests are dangerous to your health and can seriously damage the inside of your home.
These mice can grow up to 7 inches, including their tail, have large ears, tiny beady eyes, and gray or brown fur, with a light gray to light brown underbelly. Another type of mouse that you might encounter are the deer mice, they are slightly longer in length, will have a slimmer body and have a white underbelly.
At no time do you want to share your home with a single mouse or a multitude of mice. They can be extremely dangerous to live with. They are known to carry diseases like hantavirus and leptospirosis, as well as introduce other pests and parasites into your home, such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Mice urine can cause allergic reactions in some people, not to mention the smell of mice urine and feces can be atrocious. They can contaminate your food sources in your kitchen and pantry, so be sure to check for footprints, mouse droppings, or ripped and torn food packages. Mice can cause fires by chewing electrical wires and cause water damage by chewing on plumbing. They can damage insulation, drywall, photo albums, furniture, clothing, flooring and much more, nothing is safe from the insatiable gnawing of mice. Having a mouse in the house can cause a homeowner a lot of headaches and a lot of money in repairs.
You cannot control a mouse population on your own. You need a professional pest control provider to do the job for you, and preferably before any damage has been done. They will remove existing mice, and prevent any new infestations in the future. At Russell’s Pest Control, We are a full-service pest management company that offers residential and commercial pest control solutions in Knoxville and Eastern Tennessee. Give us a call today, we would be happy to answer all of your pest control questions and take care of all of your pest control needs.