The common house mouse may look humble, but this ubiquitous critter boasts some serious accomplishments. An agile climber and jumper who can also swim and burrow with ease to get to a food source, these rodents are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year. Dealing with a mouse problem in your home or business can quickly get overwhelming and out of hand, making it easier to call in professional help from the very first notice of these pesky critters.
Do You Have a Mouse in Your House?
Are you having mice problems? Call Critter Control today at (574) 825-1079 in South Bend and Elkhart,
or (260) 632-5106 in the Fort Wayne area and our trained staff will be there to provide you with mouse removal services.
What Do Mice Look Like?
Common mice are small balls of brown or gray fluff – generally one to two inches long, minus their tails, with some species and individuals growing as large as eight inches. Their tails are hairless, scaly and as long or longer than the animal’s body. Although different species can vary in appearance, most have a similar build. House mice have small, beady eyes which don’t see too well, but their large ears and noses that are ever-seeking stimuli help compensate for that. Like other rodents, house mice have feet that are adapted to climbing, burrowing and grabbing what they want.
Where Do Mice Live?
Mice live on every continent of the world except Antarctica, making them one of the most common household pests worldwide. Cunning opportunists, mice will settle into any place with a food source and decent hiding places. Farms, houses, commercial warehouses, fields, the wide-open tundra – if you can think of a place, chances are mice have been there.
These adorable yet bothersome rodents naturally tend to burrow underground, but will settle for walls, the bowels of furniture, appliance interiors or any other spot they can make a decent nest indoors. The mice gather up scraps of paper, cloth and plant fiber to make nests in their chosen burrow – no matter if it’s your attic or a dead tree in your yard.
Why Are Mice a Problem?
Like other rodents, mice must chew to keep their teeth in good shape so they’re constantly gnawing at something and they aren’t discriminate in their choices – mice can chew through your insulation, your walls or your electrical wires and cause major structural damage leading to the possibility of collapse, fire or worse.
By nature, these tiny rodents like to nibble food left out – either in your pantry or elsewhere in your home. As they eat, they defecate. Their fecal matter can carry diseases which spread to humans, meaning their late-night snacking poses a health risk to you and your family. Among the pathogens mice can carry are leptospirosis, salmonellosis, meningitis and hantavirus. As if those weren’t bad enough, mice can carry fleas and ticks, putting you and your family at risk for Lyme disease and bubonic plague.
Although they aren’t typically aggressive toward people, they do bite and nibble to test their surroundings. A bite from a mouse isn’t typically serious, but because of the possibility of disease can lead to an unpleasant and costly trip to your doctor.
How to Know if You Have a Mouse Problem
Mice sneak into homes through any opening they can get their tiny bodies through – as small as a quarter of an inch in diameter! Cracks and crevices around your foundation, heating vents, cracked windows or doors and their frames, or even spaces where pipes or wires enter your home can provide entry for mice seeking food and shelter.
While it’s possible you’ll spot a live mouse scurrying and exploring your home, you’ll probably notice other signs of their presence as well. The scampering sound of little feet as they ceaselessly seek out food and explore the world around them can clue you in to their presence – especially if the sound is coming from your walls, ceiling or floor at night, when these nocturnal creatures are most active. Gnawing sounds are also common. High pitched squeaks and chattering noises can also be heard as mice communicate with each other.
How to Deal with Mice in Your Home
Mice breed quickly. A single female mouse can give birth to between five and ten litters each year with each litter containing between five and 12 babies. And the real bummer? THOSE babies will reach sexual maturity in just over a month and a half and start having babies of their own. So it’s imperative to begin pest control efforts as soon as you suspect a problem.
Humane mouse removal, as well as exclusion and control to prevent re-infestation and make your home less hospitable to unwanted rodent roommates is the best course of action. While snap traps, glue traps and treadle door traps can be effective, DIY solutions are rarely effective on their own.
Critter Control’s animal specialists can help you identify sources of entry and seal them up to prevent further problems, trap and remove the mice currently residing in your home and help you make your environment less enticing by making food and hiding spots harder to come by.
Rather than waste your hard-earned cash and time on methods that will only make a dent in what can quickly become an out of control mouse infestation, contact Critter Control today at (574) 825-1079 to speak to an expert about solving your mouse problem for once and all.