Mice usually chew constantly. Their front incisor teeth grow non-stop throughout their lives, and as a result, they must chew
all the time in order to keep them worn down. In the wild, their teething material of preference is natural woods (like trees).
When mice are found living in an urban setting, like your home, they will happily substitute drywall, concrete, rafters,
insulation, paper, vinyl siding, plastic, electrical wires, and YES pex or PVC water pipes for logs and trees. As you can
imagine, this annoying trait can mean nothing but bad news for home and business owners. Drywall is costly to repair and time
consuming to install.”Chewed” or scratched up wood such as your trim, siding, eves, or support rafters not only looks unsightly,
it can cause serious structural damage and lower your property values. Other problems can include electrical shorts, Power outages,
or fires caused by chewed wiring.
Mice can and will easily chew through pex and other water pipes causing flooding, extensive property damage, and septic issues. The reasons
for chewing pipe can vary. They might be searching for water, wearing down their ever-growing teeth, or looking for a way in to your home
(yes they will enter through water or septic pipes). All these things are dangerous, time consuming, and costly to the property owner. Boxes
of important papers, photos, and your irreplaceable keepsakes you have stored in closets and attics mean nothing to a family of mice. Not only
are these things easy to chew, they also make great nesting materials. The only way to prevent these problems from happening is to rid yourself
of the nesting mice. If you think you have mice infesting your home, chewing up your precious belongings is the least of your troubles. You could
be on the verge of other more dangerous infestations like; lice fleas, and various diseases carried by Mice.
Many rodent borne diseases infect the blood or nervous system and are often fatal. There are also the (likely) possibility of them breeding in your
walls, and the smell caused by their urine and feces. Mice have been known to die in the walls or attic of homes and the decaying corpse will attract
other carrion feeders. Destruction of your home, and the things you hold dear combined with the constant scratching, squealing, and fighting noises is
enough to drive anyone crazy. Getting rid of mice is not easy, so we suggest you call a professional. If you are not yet infested, take Preventative
measures. Make routine examinations of your homes exterior. Look for Mice sightings or an indication of their activity. You may see chew marks, greasy
black streaks, or rice shaped feces. Check any secreted spaces, especially if there are noises coming from there. Seal any holes larger that ½ inch inside
or out immediately. These could allow access to your home for mice. Staying alert to avoid mice infestations is a full time job.
Go back to the How to get rid of mice in the attic
home page. You might also want to read about how to kill mice
and why the use
of snap traps is better than mouse poison
. Read an analysis of the different types of traps and how to use them on the how to trap mice
Learn why bait
is not as important as trap type, placement and location. Also read a full analysis of mouse repellent
to understand why it
never works. If you see droppings and want to identify them, read the mouse poop
page. If you need to hire professional help, read about how much does mouse removal cost
or you can read this site to learn how to do it yourself. Feel free to email me about Do mice chew pex or other water pipes?