Mice are cute. Some might even say adorable. They have those big funny ears, little whiskered noses, and wide glossy eyes that seem to say, "Excuse me, but would you mind terribly if I bothered you for a piece of cheese?" So, why all the hate? - Mice are no big deal, right?
First of all, we're not haters. We love mice. We think they are adorable too. If you're looking to have a fun pet your kids will love, a few mice in a cage are a great addition to the family; but anyone who has ever put newspaper in the bottom of their mouse cage, instead of the customary bed of sawdust, can tell you why it is a bad idea to have mice running around your home. Mice make quite a mess with their urine and feces. Plus, they have the unsavory habit of walking through it and sleeping on or near their waste. Rats actually make a better pet. They are dedicated groomers and do not prefer to sleep on or near their waste. This makes them easy to take out and snuggle. If you want to hold your mouse, be sure to wash your hands afterward. Mice can contract many diseases like salmonella, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis, rat bite fever, and more.
You have probably heard that mice leave their feces in the back of your silverware drawer, but you were probably not told the gross fact that those mice walked around in it before scurrying over your silverware. We don't have to explain why this is bad. We'll just leave it at that.
Anyone who has ever had a pet mouse that escaped from its cage can also tell you another reason you don't want mice running around your home. These rodents are built to gnaw. They will gnaw through sheetrock faster than you can say, "Honey, the mouse isn't in the cage." For this reason, they can also be a serious danger in your walls when they choose to gnaw on things like electrical wires. The last thing you need is sparks flying near insulation.
Fall is when temperatures drop and rodents start to look for a place that will keep them warm. If they find a way into your home, they could bring disease and parasites with them or spread harmful bacteria to your cooking surfaces, food cabinets, silverware, and dishes. That is why it is important to get a full inspection of your home before it gets cold outside.
Protect your home from the fall mouse invasion. Give Witt a call and we'll help you seal your walls so those mice stay outside where they belong.