Tucson’s 2021 monsoon season finishes as the third-wettest on record. More rain causes more vegetation, which means more pesky mice and pack rats. This winter, we are seeing a population explosion of rodents.
Here in Tucson, mice and pack rats don’t hibernate because of our warmer client. Starting in the fall, the cooler climate drives mice and pack rats to “relocate” into human homes especially if the monsoon floods destroyed their nests. Most of our customers don’t even notice the arrival of these pests, since rodents locate themselves in the attic, inside walls, or in an attached garage.
Did you know?
ONE MOUSE CAN TURN INTO MANY MICE … QUICKLY!
A female house mouse can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year! If you spot a mouse in your home, it is safe to assume there are more or there will be soon.
How do pesky mice and pack rats get inside your home?
Rodents are like tiny little gymnasts and Houdinis combined! They only need an opening the size of a dime to squeeze in. They enter homes through cracks in flooring and walls, siding, insulation, and even the gaps around drain pipes and wires. Mice and pack rats can jump a foot in the air, making it easy to get into kitchen counters and pantries.
6 Ways you can keep your home free of Mice And Pack Rats
November is a month full of good things – Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, tables full of family members.
Unfortunately, it is also the month to be most watchful for those uninvited visitors that try to enter your home.
To keep your home rodent-free this season, try these 6 ways to make your home unappealing to curious mice and pack rats.
If you see signs of rodent activity or you want to avoid a mice situation entirely, give us a call at (520)624-5901. We can take care of your mouse problem long before your first holiday guest rings the doorbell.
The chewing instincts of mice and pack rats can be quite destructive
Rodents are not only dangerous, they are fast, sometimes causing thousands of dollars of damage in only one night.
One Arizona resident learned this when he parked his car under a shady Mesquite tree for a few weeks. When he opened the hood of the car he found the engine compartment filled to the brim with mesquite pods with many of the wires chewed through. Getting that pack rat infested car running again was not cheap!
Even more hazardous, rodent chewed electrical wires cause fires. According to some estimates, as much as 25% of fires of unknown cause may be attributed to exposed wiring from rodents.