What Every Wilmington Homeowner Ought To Know About Mice

January 24, 2020

House mice are the most commonly encountered and economically detrimental rodent found in the United States. These pests are a nuisance but also pose significant threats to our health and property. House mice are smaller than their rat cousins, ranging from 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches long with tails from 2 3/4 to 4 inches in length. Their short hair ranges in color from light brown to grey and black with light-colored bellies. Their faces feature pointed muzzles and large, rounded ears.

a mouse on a rock outdoors

Disease & Damage

Mice invade homes through small openings looking for warmth, water, and food, but they bring with them large risks. The rodent family gets their name from the Latin word rodere which means to gnaw. A mouse's continuously growing incisors require them to constantly gnaw on anything to file down their teeth. Damage caused by rodent teeth and ruined food stores is often what people think of when they encounter these nuisance pests. However, the invisible risk of disease can pose even greater threats than household damage.

While mice can cause significant property damage and spoil food, they also carry the potential for significant harm to your family's health. Mice are known to spread over 35 different diseases including Salmonella and even rat-bite fever. The CDC is now linking some rodents to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome which has proved fatal in 36% of all reported U.S. cases.

Mice will also introduce other pests such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice into your home. Fifteen diseases are known to be indirectly transmitted by rodents including Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, and La Crosse Encephalitis.

Mice breed rapidly, and adapt quickly to changing conditions. A female house mouse can give birth to half a dozen babies every three weeks and produce up to 35 young each year. Even if live mice are exterminated from the home, the mess they leave behind continues to pose a threat. Urine and feces transmit disease, contaminate food, and can cause allergy or asthma attacks. If you suspect contact with rodents or rodent droppings, it is important to reach out to your doctor.

 Prevention Tips

As a result of their small size, it can be difficult to keep mice out of your home. Mice are able to squeeze through extremely small openings. Holes as small as a dime or gaps wider than a pencil can be inviting entryways for a mouse. To keep mice from gaining access to your home, it is essential to patch any small openings and gaps. Furthermore, install screens in windows and vents. Lastly,  don't forget to look up. Often mice will enter homes from nearby tree branches into eaves or gaps in the roof. Trim branches close to your home to prevent mice from using them to gain access to your home.

Don't invite mice into your home. Mice are looking for food and nesting materials, therefore it's important that you clean up and avoid clutter. Make sure to keep garbage sealed, clean sinks and countertops regularly, and don't leave dirty dishes or unsealed pantry goods out in the open. You can also make an effort to make your home less appealing to mice by not leaving cardboard out as it is a tempting material for mice to chew and use for nesting. Clear clutter in attics and basements to limit ideal hiding places.
 

Get Help Now

The most effective way to get rid of mice in your home is with the help of professionals from Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We will treat your home inside and out for rodents, eliminating the current population and preventing further entry. Our rodent control service is completely safe and eco-friendly. With over two decades of experience, our technicians can diagnose and treat rodent infestations professionally and discreetly. Call us now for a free consultation with no obligation. (910) 254-9443 Wilmington, NC or (910) 754-9700 Brunswick County, NC.

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