How Much Will Having a Cat Deter Mice?

Cat Pawing At ToyIf you have a mouse problem in your home, chances are you’ve heard that owning a cat can be a great, natural way to get rid of them. After all, our feline companions are known for hunting small creatures like mice, birds, chipmunks, and more. But is your cat as good as an exterminator? Horizon Pest Control takes a closer look at mice control with cats to get to the truth.

The Benefit of Cats

Some cats are excellent hunters and will chase mice away. Cats still draw on their more wild tendencies when it comes to the instinct of the chase. It’s no surprise, as the modern-day housecat is most genetically related to forest cats, such as the European wildcat.

Even if your feline friend doesn’t end up being a good hunter, cats have another weapon at their disposal. Cats put out natural pheromones, usually through their urine, that mice can detect with the help of their vomeronasal organ. Because cats terrify mice, you might never see one cross your path. Though while this may seem to solve the problem, it only scratches the surface.

Where Cats Can’t Reach

The most adept cat has a major weakness when it comes to hunting mice—its size. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as a dime, which gives them virtually unrestricted access to your entire home once they get inside. Cats have no such luck and are even further restricted by where they may not be allowed to go.

As it turns out, these small holes are the real problem, and a cat won't do anything to plug them up. Without sealing your home from small pests, like mice, you may not be able to keep them out for long. Even if you feel you have gotten rid of them, there’s a good chance you’ll see them again when the weather starts to get colder.

When you look around your home, it may seem secure from unwanted entry. But when you remember what a mouse can squeeze itself through, their methods of entry start to become more apparent. There could be anything from small cracks in your foundation to normal aspects of construction, such as gaps around pipes, vents, and even the space under your doors.

The Problem with Mice

Mice build their nests deep inside walls, crawl spaces, and other access points where they multiply unchallenged. A typical female mouse can give birth to a litter of up to 12 pups and 10 litters per year. If left unchecked for too long, this quickly results in large infestations of uninvited guests. Additionally, many mice will likely die in out-of-reach areas, which releases unwanted odors into your home.

Since mice use paper, insulation, and other available household materials to build their nests, they can cause damage to your property. Mice have also been known to chew through wires, which could result in damage to electrical components that can be hard to diagnose. Finally, mice can pose serious health risks by contaminating food supplies with feces and carrying germs and parasites inside when they make their home with you. This all makes it easy to see why you need help from a real rodent control expert, not your pet.

Why Choose Horizon Over Mice Control with Cats?

Since 1970, Horizon Pest Control has provided exceptional residential and commercial pest control services. On average, our clients have been with us for ten years or more, and our oldest clients have been with us since the beginning. We guarantee that if pests return, so will we—for free. If you have a pest problem, call Horizon Pest Control today at 888-612-2847 to request a free quote.

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