Why Can’t I Keep These Mice Out Of My Overland Park House?

a mouse in a kitchen

No matter how new or clean a house may be, mice can find a way in and become guests that won’t leave. Why should they? They found warmth, food, water, and nesting material. They’re in mouse paradise. At Mantis Pest Solutions, we receive many more frantic calls for mice extermination when the weather turns colder. Our technicians assure our customers that we’ll have it all under control because we are the most caring and efficient Overland Park pest control company around.

What Do Mice Look Like?

Mice vary in size, color, and shape. In the Overland Park area, the most common kinds of mice are deer mice and house mice. Deer mice are found mostly outdoors but can set up shop inside a house, especially if it’s a country or suburban house. Their fur looks like deer hair, and they have bi-colored tails (white and brown). Their faces can be longer than house mice’s faces. House mice are actually kind of cute, but their looks are deceiving. These are the kinds of mice we get the most complaints about.

House mice are:

  • More round and compact compared to deer mice
  • Gray with a cream-colored belly
  • Large-eared
  • About two-and-a-half to three-and-a-quarter inches long

While they may be cute, these mice present a variety of risks to your Overland Park home and family.

How Dangerous Is It To Have Mice In My House?

Just one or two mice in the house can cause problems. Imagine having them breed and create a major infestation! One female can produce between 32 to 56 babies (pups) or more a year. When your mouse population rises, so do your problems. Mice spread illnesses such as salmonella. If their feces or urine come in contact with your food, there’s a good possibility you are going to get sick.

Some of the other dangers mice create in your home: 

  • They chew electrical cords, creating a fire hazard.
  • They chew insulation and gnaw on wood, toys, food packages, and more.
  • Mice in walls can disturb your sleep pattern.
  • Their excrement dries and turns to dust that you breathe in and can make you sick.
  • This excrement triggers allergies and asthma attacks.
  • They can carry fleas, ticks, and mites into your home.

Besides the dangers, there are the annoyances of them making surprise appearances, rudely eating your food, exploring your cupboards, shelves, and drawers, and making your house smell bad. What rude little rodents!

Why Won’t Mouse Traps Get Rid Of Mice?

There are a variety of mouse traps you can buy. You may trap a few mice and think your mission was accomplished. Think again. Any adult or baby mice left living in your walls or elsewhere in your home will grow and show their presence. If you haven’t checked for all possible entry points and sealed them, more mice will find their way inside. If you have a large mouse infestation in Overland Park, imagine how many traps you’d have to set and reset. Meanwhile, the reproduction continues, and it will be an endless, frustrating battle. For the sake of your family’s health, it’s time to admit defeat and contact a professional exterminator. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Mice In My House?

The bottom line is you can’t possibly get rid of all the mice in your house, especially if there is a major infestation. Of course, you are welcome to try, but if you want the reassurance that mice are truly gone, once and for all, you need to hire a company that specializes in safe and complete mouse control in Overland Park. Mantis Pest Solutions wants to be your company of choice. With our decades of experience, we invite you to join the many other Overland Park homeowners who’ve discovered the fantastic job we do. Contact us today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Overland Park.

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