Just like every other city, town, and borough in America, St. Louis has mice. These pests have become used to depending on people to provide them their basic needs, and what better place to find people than in St. Louis? Now, there are a few things that every mouse in St. Louis is looking for this winter, and you need to know what they are in order to keep them from finding the necessities of their survival in your home.
The first thing that mice are looking for is food. Just like us, mice love to eat. They have to eat. So, they will take any and every opportunity you provide to find a snack or a full course meal. It is really much easier for them to forage for food within the nice, warm, cozy confines of your home than to have to fight the cold, harsh winds and chance being found by a predator in the great outdoors. Besides, out there, they have to fight against other animals searching for a meal; in your home, they only have to worry about the dozens of close relatives they have invited to stay with them. Yes, they will surely take their chances inside your walls rather than in the streets of St. Louis if they can.
The second thing that mice need is water. This is actually even more important than food. Without water, they will simply shrivel up and die – which is a completely unacceptable alternative in their opinion! The thing to remember here is that mice don’t need gallons, quarts, or even pints of water to survive. A drop or two is sufficient for them which means that the slow drip in the bathroom faucet could be a bigger deal than you had first considered. And that leaky pipe in the basement may as well be Niagara Falls!
The third thing that the mice of St. Louis are looking for is shelter. The last thing that they want to do is spend the winter out on the streets. I mean, have you actually spent any amount of time out on the streets of St. Louis in January? I know – harsh. Right? All that wind and ice and rain and snow – the weather here can surely seem temperamental at times! Just think about it; all that snow and ice jammed between their tiny little toes can be annoying. Mice don’t like that. Mice want peace and calm. They want constant, comfortable temperatures; and the less they have to deal with the wind, the better.
If your St. Louis home is offering mice any of their basic needs, then you could be in for the ‘winter of the mice’. Don’t let that happen. Make sure that you store trash in containers with tightly fitting lids; keep floors swept or vacuumed, and make sure to pick up spills and crumbs as soon as possible. Also, do not leave dirty dishes on the counter overnight. Make sure to soak them in a sink full or warm, soapy water instead. And while you are at it, be sure that your food is not left out either - store items in air tight containers in your pantry or in the refrigerator. Fix leaking pipes and faucets and make sure your gutters are in good working order and directing water away from your foundation. Also, take a look around your foundation and fill in any gaps, cracks, or holes that are bigger than a dime. One little space is all it takes for a mouse to exploit and gain entry.
Lastly, the most effective and permanent solution to keep mice from choosing your St. Louis home for their winter retreat is a year-round home pest control package from Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our St. Louis pest control specialists are highly trained and have access to the latest products, protocols, and procedures and can will work quickly to eliminate rodents that have found their way inside. They’ll also work with you to make sure that these pests cannot get back in!
Don’t spend your winter listening to the pitter patter of tiny mouse feet when help from Rottler is only a call or a click away.