WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- As temperatures drop, as they will this weekend, Triad Pest control experts say they're getting an increase of calls about mice!
“We probably got six or eight calls today,” said Frank Fowler with McNeely Pest Control.
Mice are more likely to enter homes during the fall and winter months because they’re looking to find a nice, comfortable place.
Fowler says the key to mouse-proofing your house is knowing where to look.
“They will get access in between floors, any kind of crack or a crevice,” said Fowler. “They really are known for coming up a wall and coming in around the roofline.”
Fowler says attics are the perfect place for mice to nest.
“Many times, homeowners will call in the middle of the night and they will hear something scratching around on the roof line or burrowing down in insulation,” he said.
Fowler says it's not only important to set traps inside your house but also around the perimeter.
Even the pest control guy isn't immune to a rodent problem.
“This is my daughter Brooke’s egg plant garden,” said Fowler. “As you can see, some of the rodents have been chewing off a lot of the leaves and some of the fruit that we have here.”
Mice are small enough to crawl under your front door or even in the tiniest spaces on the side of your house.
“If they can get their head into something, they can slide their shoulders back and scoot through,” said Fowler.
Fowler says you should use copper mesh or steel wool to seal up any cracks or gaps around your home.
Also, don't forget to check your car!
“We had a client the week before last that had a rat get into the engine of the car and it did over $1500 worth of damage,” said Fowler.
The rodents can chew through wires, spread disease and leave behind a costly mess.
“These mice are very, very small but they do a lot of damage,” said Fowler. “It's a good idea to try to get on top of it before the problem gets really bad.”
Setting traps and sealing cracks are the best two ways to keep mice out.
You can also hire a pest control professional but that will cost you between $200-300.