02/20/15

Those Mice Are Driving Me Crazy!

Those Mice Are Driving Me Crazy!

2/20/2015

If you’re frustrated with mice, you might want to stop and give thanks. Why? Because most people don’t even realize they’ve been infested. Mice are a timid and clever creature. When they move through your home they do it with one side rubbing against a wall, ready at a moment notice to sneak under a cabinet or scurry behind a piece of furniture. They have an acute sense of hearing and an aversion to being exposed to predators. Most homeowners don’t realize they have mice for several years. This can be quite a problem.

Here are the ways a mouse can be a problem in your house.

  • They chew holes through walls, creating a repair nightmare and areas for heat to escape. When you’re trying to heat a home, this is the last thing you need.

  • Mice gnaw of many things, including wires. This makes them a fire hazard inside your wall voids. If a live wire sparks near insulation, you could lose everything.

  • Those cute little mice are not so cute when you look at them under a microscope. Their need to forage brings them through garbage bins, sewage pipes, and into dirty places you wouldn’t go. In these places they pick up bacteria on their fur, and take that bacteria into your home.

  • There is something else you can find on a mouse, and you don’t need a microscope to do it. Mice can carry parasites like lice, mites, ticks and fleas. They spread these parasites to rugs, furniture, beds and curtains.

  • Mice also get into food packaging. Nothing starts the day off bad like finding a hole chewed into your Captain Crunch.

  • Inside ventilation ducts mice leave hair, feces and urine. If these are contaminated with hantavirus or some other human spread pathogen, they can become airborne.

So, if you hear them bumping around in your walls while you’re trying to sleep, be thankful that they are passing by your room on their way to their food source. Most mice take up residence as close to their food a possible. That means they are living in the wall of your pantry, or behind your food cabinets and drawers. A thumping mouse is a good thing.

If you discover mice in your house call a professional. This is a creature you want to make sure is fully removed from your home. Entry points need to be sealed, contaminated areas need to be cleaned, and exclusion methods need to be put in place to make mice feel unwelcome. Don’t let your home be victim to mysterious illness or unexpected fire, call a pest control company and those mice removed safely and thoroughly, before disaster happens. Your family is worth protecting.