05 Nov Mice Cute or Not So Cute?
Oh! Mice are so cute!
But did you know that:
Mice contaminate our crops and spread various diseases by biting us and leaving urine and feces on surfaces. They can also introduce fleas, carry ticks infected with Lyme Disease and carry an assortment of mites. Mice also carry Hantavirus, which causes severe respiratory infections in humans. Humans contract this virus when dust particles contaminated by mice droppings are inhaled.
Still think they are cute?
It is thought that mice start 1% of house fires in the U.S. each year. In 2006, fire departments responded to 412,500 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,580 people (not including firefighters) and injured another 12,925, not including firefighters (Karter 2007)**. This makes mice responsible for 4,125 fires, 25 deaths and 129 injuries in 2006. They love to gnaw and often spend time chewing on electrical wires, books, clothing, and cause extensive damage when they are able to get into vehicles and RV’s. Mice urinate and defecate constantly on everything they walk on (cans, utensils, plates, countertops, etc.). Mice are curious animals and love to explore, so new things in their environment will not scare them away. One female mouse can produce 40 to 60 young per year and the young can start breeding in as little as 4 weeks. Mice can squeeze into holes as small as a pencil and will use existing gaps in bulkheads and garage doors for quick entry. If an existing gap is not available, they are more than happy to chew a brand new hole to enter a structure.
Okay, maybe they are not so cute, but mice do have their place in this world providing themselves as a food source to owls, fox, snakes, fisher cats, coyotes and hawks just to name a few. They are an important part of the food chain. However, as you can see from the information above, mice do not belong in your home and need to be controlled.
How we can help:
Many times a homeowner will use over-the-counter mouse poisons and find the rodents are removing the poison and storing it around the home (usually attics or basements). The formulations of baits our technicians use are in a style that rodents are forced to eat and not store. This bait is placed in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children and pets. Our technicians will also use snap traps for a quick knockdown of the rodent population. In some situations, instructions may be given to a property owner to correct sanitation issues such as unsecured garbage or removal of pet foods to reduce competition between mice taking our bait vs. eating your pet food or birdseed. We address the property in its entirety by treating sheds, garages, attics, basements and areas of activity (where droppings have been seen). In some cases exterior treatment is also warranted.
We can also give an onsite estimate/inspection to exclude the mice from the property. This will provide a long-term solution and a pest free environment for you and your family.
- Mice will stay indoors year round but are most noticeable during the fall migration indoors.
- Mice urine can be seen glowing under a black light.
- One female mouse can have 40 to 60 babies per year if 10 of those babies are female you could have 400-600 mice in two years. YUCK!
- There still remains the old “Myth” that certain baits make a rodent thirsty, which in turn makes them go outside for water. There is no such bait.
- ** http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/fire.htm
Do the Mice in your home have you ready to move? Call today 1-800-649-9992.