Mice are a common invader during the winter months, especially in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
How Mice Enter Your Home in the Winter
When the temperatures outdoors drop and snow is on the ground, mice are looking for any way to stay warm and cozy. They can enter your home through tiny cracks in your foundation, crawl spaces, in the space between your siding and concrete block and even where the fascia meets the decking on your roof. Mice can also enter your home using tree branches or a bush right next to your home!
Signs You Have a Rodent Problem
Even if you don’t visually spot a rodent, you can notice the signs of rodent activity. Look around for droppings, nesting evidence, and holes or droppings in any dry goods or packaged food containers. Mouse droppings are small and dark brown in color. The number of droppings and the size of them are both good indicators of how large your infestation might be.
The Problem with Mice
Mice carry disease along with them. Their can make humans very sick. Their urine and droppings, along with contaminated food products, can cause disease in adults and children and asthma reactions in children. Rodent droppings can transmit a wide range of serious illnesses including salmonella, leptospirosis, and hantavirus. Their habit of chewing electrical wires can also cause fires and damage to electronics.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Rodents move inside following hot air currents coming from holes and cracks in your home. Mice come inside because their natural food supplies, seeds and insects, are drying up, and house mice don’t have the ability to hibernate. Mice and rats will eat almost anything, so your pantry is a prime target. Placing food items, especially pet food and dry goods, into secure containers will greatly improve your chances of success in a control program.
Call the Rat Exterminators at Brody Brothers
If you already have a rodent problem on your hands, work with Brody Brothers to get your problem under control. Professionally rodent-proofing the exterior of your home will include sealing holes and gaps to keep new mice from coming in, and we can use a variety of trapping methods to remove the mice currently inside.
Schedule a comprehensive property inspection today with Brody Brothers by calling (410) 653-2121 or contact us online!