MN Wild Animal Management | Mice Control
Mice and Rodents find warmth and shelter however they can in the winter months. Often this means creeping inside well-insulated homes for the cold season. YOUR home! Although many pests go dormant for the winter, proper pest control measures protect homes from exposure to rodents. Keep in mind, the key to winter pest control is prevention.
Mice and other rodents are not capable of going dormant for the winter. Most seek a warmer shelter.
Tips To Keep Mice & Rodents From Invading Your Home:
- To prevent squirrels, deer mice, rodents and other animals from roosting in the eaves or attic, repair and patch any holes or other damage.
- Clean out gutters and overhangs, where rodents can also build their nests.
- Store yard waste like leaves and moss away from the house prior to disposal. These materials are popular nesting materials.
- Keep birdseed in a sealed metal container. Mice can gnaw through plastic and eat seeds.
- Common entry points are around pipes, where small cracks are frequently just large enough for a mouse to squeeze through. Block holes with steel wool.
Prevent Unwanted Guests In Your House This Winter!
Where there are mice, chances are damage will follow. Able to live off almost any food and with little water, unless removed by physical means these rodents will be persistent. Examples of possible damage are structural damage, damage to your wiring, A/C units, furnaces, attics, insulation, with possible electrical fires, along with potential diseases and parasites. The most common is salmonella (food poisoning) and ring worms.
Worse, they spread disease to humans and other animals through their bite, by transporting fleas, lice, mites and ticks, and by leaving their droppings in food and other materials that humans contact. Rodents are vectors for bubonic plague, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, hantavirus, trichinosis, infectious jaundice, rat mite dermatitis, salmonellosis, pulmonary fever, and typhus. So, properly removing any animal droppings along with sanitation is absolutely necessary.
Leptospirosis Fact Sheet [PDF – 105KB]
To learn more about pest control or if you need an animal control professional, Contact a Minnesota animal control expert that can help you get rid of the mice or rodent problem you have and help you to prevent a future invasion as well as repair any damage they may have caused. They will also do their best to locate the source of the infestation and eliminate it.