Did you know that a house mouse is able to walk on a thin wire or squeeze itself through an opening or crack that is no wider than a ballpoint pen? It doesn’t take a very big opening before the mice find a way into our homes.
These nimble rodents like to build small nests in cozy, dark spaces – kitchens, garages, and attics are favorite nesting spaces. And they live in groups, breeding quickly which can lead to an unfortunate mouse infestation if they decide to make your house their new home.
What Are Some Signs Of A Mouse Infestation?
Homeowners learn that they have been infested by mice in different ways.
- A mouse might run across the living room floor, just as the family is settling in to watch a favorite TV show.
- In the quiet of the night, small rodents might be heard running inside a wall or above the ceiling.
- It could be that food packages, like cardboard cereal packages, suddenly have small marks on them from being chewed.
- Or they may notice that droppings appear in a cupboard corner or even worse, on the kitchen counter.
A true mouse infestation, however, is when you discover the mice have been breeding in your house. Once they have started to reproduce you no longer have just a mouse problem, you have a full-blown infestation.
Could it be that you have only a mouse or two in your home?
Homeowners commonly believe that having one or two mice running around the attic at night is not an urgent problem. Consider this: a female mouse might give birth to up to 10 litters a year, each containing up to 6 mice. One or two mice multiply quite quickly into 50 or 60 mice: it is wise to act upon the first signs of a mouse infestation. Even one mouse would be problematic, as it is capable of leaving 9,000 droppings in one year.
What are the health risks associated with a mouse infestation?
Mice are carriers of bacteria, diseases, parasites, and viruses. If your house has become infested by mice, the mice are leaving patches of their urine behind them, perhaps on a coffee mug in a kitchen cupboard or on a wooden cutting board on the counter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human beings can contract Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) from breathing in dust that has been polluted with house mouse droppings or urine. LCM is a viral infection with symptoms that mimic the symptoms of many other illnesses: fever, lack of appetite, headaches, and nausea. If left untreated, LCM can cause neurological disease – which means it will affect your brain. About 5% of mice carry this disease. While not a high number, are you willing to take that risk?
Is it a property risk to have mice living in your home?
A mouse can walk on a wire as if it were a tightrope; it can also chew through a wire. Unfortunately, a wire that has been chewed through can cause a fire. Squirrels and other rodents will also chew through wires in your home, creating a risk of fire. A professional exterminator will assess your home for damages due to your mice infestation; it is crucial that you have any damaged wires fixed immediately.
For Macomb County Mice Removal Experts, please call CMC Animal Control at (248) 904-5162.