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Mice: Cute in a Disney Movie, Not So Cute in Your Home
On television, mice are funny, cute, and at times, heartrending. Think Mickey Mouse, Jerry (Tom and Jerry), Bernard and Miss Bianca (The Rescuers), and Fievel Mousekewitz (An American Tail). Adorable right?
Don’t be fooled. The mice of televisions and movies are all well and good but having your very own house mouse is not at all the same. Mice in your home are a real problem that must be taken seriously and dealt with promptly.
Why a Mouse in the House Is Bad News
The thought of a mouse in your home may not be as icky as the thought of cockroaches or bed bugs but the truth is they’re equally as bad. First off, understand that mice breed quickly so the probability that there is just a single mouse in your home is unlikely. Second, understand that mice aren’t just peacefully living in your home… they can cause many problems.
Mice can bring other pests into your home. For example, fleas, mites, ticks, and lice may come with a mice infestation. In addition, mice can cause health issues. For example, micro droplets of their urine can cause allergies and they can spread diseases such as salmonella.
It isn’t just your health that can be affected by mice. The pests also cost you money. They invade food sources thereby making the food unsafe for consumption for humans and pets. In addition, they cause property damage by chewing through wires and other parts of your home.
Dealing with a mouse infestation quickly and effectively will help you avoid these problems.
Signs of Mice
Since mice infestations should be treated promptly, it is important to be on the lookout for these unwanted guests. Symptoms, so to speak, include:
- Gnawed objects
- Nests – while rats tend to burrow mice make nests out of paper and other refuse
- Torn open food containers
In addition, when you’re dealing with a mouse, you may actually get a glimpse of the critter. Mice tend to be curious and bold so there’s a decent chance you’ll actually see one scuttling through your home.
Not sure if you have a mouse or rat problem? Check out this article on telling the two apart: I Smell a Rat…Or Is That a Mouse? Mice Vs. Rats—Telling Them Apart.
Keep in mind that you need to be vigilant year round. Mice do not hibernate in the winter and may be more likely to invade your home during the cold months to escape the elements and find a food source. Here are some tips on protecting your home during the winter.
Call a Pro
Since mice breed quickly, a professional is the most effective and efficient way to deal with them. Putting down traps may catch a few mice but when you consider that a female can have as many as 10 litters per year you realize how quickly the problem can get out of control. In addition, traps need to be placed properly in order to ensure success. This requires knowledge of mouse habitats and habits. Furthermore, traps can be dangerous to humans and pets if not placed properly.
To ensure your home is mouse free in a timely manner and that your family remains healthy and your home undamaged, call a pro at the first sign of a mouse infestation.
Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control is a trusted pest control company in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, including Dayton, OH, and now Columbus, OH. We've been pioneers, engineering new standards for ways of eliminating and controlling bugs and pests. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or via web inquiry, Facebook or Twitter.
Authored By: Eric Scherzinger