We all know that mice are one of the most common pests to invade our homes. For most of us, the thought of a mouse in our house sends shivers down our spines, and just the sight of one forces a scream of fear or disgust from our throats. I am sure that more than one person has jumped atop a chair in a single bound when coming face to face with that twitchy little gray face.
We all seem to have a natural ‘gift’ of fear that seems to instinctively tell us that that mouse has got to go – and fast. But, have you ever stopped to consider why? I mean a healthy fear of bees or hornets is understandable. We typically have all had the experience that tells us to avoid these creatures. But, most of us cannot say that we’ve been swarmed by mice or even bitten by one. So why do we automatically ‘know’ that these pests are not welcomed guests in our homes?
Here are the top 5 reasons why your instincts about that mouse in your house are valid.
Mess. Mice are not very good homemakers. They leave piles of whatever they can find lying around in the dark corners and nooks of your home. These little nesting sites are often filled with urine and feces – both of which can cause disease in people. They also will deposit little waste nuggets throughout your home as they travel contaminating all areas that they scamper through. And about those nesting sites – where do you think they find all that nice soft material to snuggle down in and have babies in? That’s right! Those paper towels in your kitchen pantry or that old cotton shirt that Aunt Mable gave you six Christmases ago are definitely on the materials list for that cozy little cove.
Germs. Mice are dirty little germ infested creatures. They dwell in and rummage through some of the most unsanitary places imaginable and then crawl across your counter, scamper through your silverware draws, and nibble on your butter dish dropping feces and pathogens wherever they roam.
Destruction. Mice chew. They chew a lot. In fact, they must constantly chew in order to keep their front incisors at a manageable length because those buck teeth never stop growing. In the process of ‘teething, those mice will damage insulation, wood, sheetrock, pipes, and more.
Fire. We often don’t think of this ‘little’ danger as being associated with mice, but the fact is that recent estimates are that as many as 8% of all fires in the U.S. are caused by rodents, and as many as 20% of fires of ‘unknown’ origin are blamed on these furry little pests. Wires seem to be a teething toy favorite for rodents.
Disease. Mice spread diseases. They not only serve as vectors for spreading diseases to humans themselves, but they also carry parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites that can help them transmit their diseases and they can carry plenty of diseases of their own. There are 11 major diseases listed by the CDC as being directly transmitted by rodents include; Hantavirus, Hemorrhagic fever, Leptospirosis, Rat bite fever, and Plague to name a few. Yes, the bubonic plague still exists – even here in the U.S. There are also 15 diseases listed by the CDC that are indirectly transmitted by rodents (from the parasites they carry) such as: 3 different strains of typhus, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis, and Lyme disease.
No matter how you look at it, our instincts are correct and a mouse in the house is a dangerous prospect at best. This is where Witt Pest Management comes in. Our professionals have been successfully eliminating rodents and other harmful pests from the greater Pittsburgh area since 1908. That’s more than 100 years of experience in local pest pressures and concerns! Our QualityPro certification, which by the way, only 3% of pest control companies in the country have achieved, means that we are a leader in the pest control industry and we are able to handle even the toughest rodent issues you have.
When you want to be sure that your home is free from mice and the dangers they pose, call on the experts here at Witt Pest Management. That mouse in your house will be nothing more than a distant memory and those entry points that they used to access your home will be identified and dealt with to ensure that your home is protected from future infestations.