Finding a Field Mouse in the Yard
At first glance, outdoor mice may not seem like a big issue for homeowners. However, field mice in yards can become problematic, especially in cooler regions of the country. The pests move indoors to avoid unfavorable weather, and then forage for food in pantries, nest within walls, and cause damage to health and homes.
What Attracts Pests to Yards?
Field mice and other rodents are generally attracted to yards in search of food. They don’t stray farther than 30 feet from established food sources, repeatedly using the same paths along walls while searching for sustenance.
Mice are rodents and have ever-growing incisors. This means that the pests must constantly gnaw in order to prevent their teeth from growing too large for their mouths. Their gnawing results in structural damage to homes that can potentially cause house fires. The amount of food they contaminate is often threefold what they consume and costly to homeowners, as well. Furthermore, field mice in the yard spread potentially dangerous diseases like hantavirus.
Keeping Field Mice out of Homes
- Seal any holes or cracks in foundations, as field mice are able to squeeze through very small openings.
- Properly screen any basement windows, doors, or vents.
- Carefully store all pantry food items, especially cereals, grains, peanut butter, and oats.
Getting Rid of Field Mice in Yards
Since field mice have keen senses, need very little water, and are prolific breeders, they are not easily controlled. Homeowners often encounter difficulties while getting rid of field mice in the yard. As it’s dangerous to get too close to these pests, prevention is the key to regulating infestations. For reliable removal, contact the professionals at Western Pest at the first signs of a field mouse in the yard.
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