It is never a delightful sight to see that your favorite shirt was chewed up by a mouse. Being proactive at keeping mice out of your home can be tricky, but there are ways to prevent it from happening. If you have been unlucky enough to face a mouse one-on-one or are looking for ways to avoid this from happening, PURCOR offers rodent control solutions for this very reason, and wants to share ways that you can keep a sneaky little mouse far from your beloved wardrobe.
Why are mice in my home?
The first way to keep mice out is to know why they want in. The two common types of mice you will find in your Pacific Northwest home are deer mice and house mice. Regardless of which type invades your home, you can count on these nibbling pests to target your wardrobe.
If you find holes in your clothes, you may assume mice are eating them. However, mice actually gnaw off pieces of clothing for their nests. Before you enjoy a sigh of relief that mice aren’t eating your clothes, brace yourself: gathering nesting materials means mice are preparing to have babies.
What’s the difference between deer mice and house mice?
If you do spot a mouse in your home, it’s important to understand the differences between house mice and deer mice. While any finding any type of mouse indoors is cause for concern, the species you find does matter.
Deer mice prefer the outdoors, but occasionally creep into homes for shelter and food during the winter. House mice, however, are determined to share your living space with you all year long.
How can I keep mice away?
In addition to limiting mice’s access to food and sealing potential entryways around your home, review how you currently store your clothing. Do you keep it on hangers, or in a dresser? While convenient and more aesthetically pleasing, hanging your clothes or folding them for a dresser makes them a mousy free-for-all. Learn how you can prevent mice from taking a bite out of your clothing with PURCOR.
Use Proper Clothing Storage
Instead of keeping your clothes on hangers or in a dresser, store them in airtight plastic containers. Unlike dressers, which have mouse-sized spaces (and often made of flimsy plywood), plastic containers are difficult for mice to chew through.
Don’t have enough space in your closet for all your clothes? Remember to keep seasonal storage in hard plastic containers as well. Mice can easily bite through clothing bags or cardboard boxes.
Keep Clothing off the Floor
Resist the urge to leave clothes on the floor or sitting in your hamper for long periods of time. If mice find quiet, undisturbed piles of clothing, they may treat last week’s dirty laundry as home sweet home for their young. Always place clothes in the hamper, and take care of laundry at least once or twice a week.
Watch for Signs of Mice around Your Home
You’re more likely to see signs of a mouse infestation before you see the critters themselves. Finding chewed clothes, for example, is a strong indication of a mouse infestation. Other signs of a mouse problem in your home include:
- Gnaw marks on wooden furniture
- Dark pellet-like droppings around baseboards
- Tracks or shiny rub marks on walls from mice’s oily fur
- Scratching noises in walls or ceilings
Why Mice are Dangerous
Aside from the nuisance of your clothing being chewed on, mice carry diseases that can contaminate your food. You may be able to catch a little mouse on your own, but the best thing you can do is hire professional pest control so that it does not turn into an expensive infestation. They also carry ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, and mites.
Invest in Pest Control Services
Properly storing clothes helps prevent mice’s access to your wardrobe, but it takes a professional to safeguard your home against these whiskered-pests. At PURCOR, our team of specialists use targeted, innovative pest control solutions designed to control and prevent mouse infestations.
After we’ve solved your mouse issue, we can also assist in preventing mice and other rodents from finding their way into your home again. By mouse-proofing your wardrobe and relying on our team, you can enjoy the peace of mind of having nibble-free clothes.
Request Your Free Mouse Control Estimate from PURCOR
Ready to send mice packing? Choose a professional rodent control service you can count on; Choose PURCOR. In addition to effective mouse control and prevention, our solutions are environmentally conscious to protect you, your family, and your home. Request your free estimate online today or give us a call to learn more!