This time of year is so special as we get to spend quality time with our family and friends. We always look forward to the holidays, and they are approaching quickly. It will be so much fun to go into the attic and take out all of the holiday decorations to get started. As you venture into the dust and the memories, don’t forget to look out for hidden pests in the decorations before you bring them down from the attic. Those decorations have been up there all year long and are the perfect place for pests to hide and nest. Be especially on the lookout for mice! You don’t want to have your holidays ruined by these menacing little rodents, that’s for sure. Normally the mice you encounter in New Jersey are the common house mouse and the deer mouse. They will usually enter a home in the fall when the weather is getting colder. They are seeking shelter where it is warm, desire access to a ready food source, and want a place to nest, reproduce, and raise their young. Your house is the perfect place!

Mice are dangerous, despite their cute furry faces. They can carry and transmit disease, including leptospirosis, salmonella and the hantavirus. They can also bring parasites into your home that can affect you, your family and your pets. Mice are also perpetual chewers to keep their ever-growing teeth a manageable length. When they chew, they can destroy your furniture, walls, ceiling, insulation, floors, clothing, books, memorabilia, and the like. When they chew through electrical wires and plumbing pipes, you are looking at a potential fire or some massive water damage. Not to mention all of the urine and feces that these little rodents are leaving all over your home.

If you encounter any signs that there is a mouse in your house, you will want to contact a professional pest control company right away. It’s much better to be proactive in taking the steps to stop an infestation immediately before someone gets sick or too much damage has been done. Look for mouse droppings that look like tiny black rice in your kitchen, pantry and along baseboards, Check your foods for packaging that has been ripped or torn, and of course, throw out all contaminated food right away. If you see gnaw marks on furniture, door frames, electrical wires or other items, you may have a mouse problem.

To help prevent mice from making your humble abode their refuge, you will need to block all entry points. Limit water access and food sources, as well as eliminating clutter and junk piles where they can hide out. This means you need to caulk all cracks, crevices, and gaps that mice can get into your home through. Fix leaky pipes in your bathrooms, kitchen, basement, and crawlspaces. Finally, keep food stored in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids. Once you have done as much prevention as you can, if you still see signs of an infestation, it will be extremely important for you to get rid of the mice. Call on the professionals at ChemTec Pest Control today for more information and to help you eradicate the mice in your home safely and humanely. In the end, you will be able to enjoy your holiday decorations stress-free, knowing your home is protected and that we are standing by to keep it that way.