Did you know that mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime?
Mice typically enter our homes between October and February, looking for food, water, and shelter from the cold. While these rodents may look cute, mice spread more germs than most people realize. Mice can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens! If you spot a mouse in the house, it is safe to assume there are more or there will be soon. Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world.
House mice primarily feed on plants, but they will also eat meat and dairy products. They will drink water but require very little of it. They will eat their own droppings to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their guts!
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors. They breed throughout the year and often share nests with their “relatives”.
Even the smallest amount of mouse urine can trigger allergies, particularly in children because their immune systems are still developing. Mice spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products. Mice can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and mites. These parasites bite the infected mouse and then spread the disease by biting humans.
How To Spot A Rodent Problem
- Rodents are quite noisy. If you can hear any scratching or other kinds of noises in your attic and basement, know that they are there.
- If you find droppings underneath or behind furniture, it may be a sign of rodent infestation.
- Mice run along the sideboards and, in doing so, you can notice their footprints and rub marks.
- Rodents have sharp teeth that are growing continuously. They gnaw on things other than food and can damage your belongings!
- Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
- Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
- Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
- Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
- Seal up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.
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