Mice are not only a nuisance but can also cause property damage and transmit diseases. Deer mice carry the dangerous Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. You’ll know they’ve arrived if you see rodent droppings near a food source or shredded fabric or paper. Mice might also bite, although it is not common. Sometimes a bite can result in rat-bite fever.
Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home. Mice are also successful breeders which means a mice colony can grow very quickly.
WHY DO I HAVE THEM?
In the fall and winter, mice are relentless in their search for food, warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, your home may provide these necessities. Do not underestimate the determination of mice, as they will seek out any defect in your home to gain access.
They are often attracted by the smell of food and the warmth of a structure. Mice will use any opening, such as utility lines, pipe openings, and gaps beneath doors, to gain entry into a home. Mice prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas and often build nests out of paper products, packing materials, fabric, insulation and cotton.
TIPS FOR CONTROL
- Patch all exterior holes larger than a thumbtack
- Clean any clutter off the floor that mice would hide in
- Look for evidence of gnawing, burrows, footprints and droppings
- Wash dishes immediately after use
- Clean up all evidence of food particles