Are you seeing and hearing signs that mice have moved into your house for the winter? Are you wondering why these pesky little, disease-carrying, creatures are entering your home? After all--aren't they supposed to live in the wild? Wouldn't they be happier outside with all their other furry friends? While some types of mice prefer to be outside, the common house mouse is not one of them. This mouse would much rather live inside, with you.
But why? Well, the three things mice need are the same three things almost all living, breathing creatures need, food, shelter, and water. If your home has gaps or cracks where mice can squeeze in, food sources inside, and one or more water sources, then you are providing mice with everything they need to survive a long hard winter.
If you're thinking it may not be such a bad thing to have mice around, you may want to consider the following:
Mice chew: Like all rodents, mice have ever-growing incisors and they need to chew on things to wear those teeth down. Mice will chew on anything from stored items, wooden beams and plastic to drywall and electrical wiring. Not only can they cause damage to structures and items, they can also cause a house fire.
Mice spread disease: Wherever they roam inside your house (and mice can get around!) they leave urine, feces, and bacteria that they pick up from unsanitary places they travel through. Some of the diseases mice are known to carry are tularemia, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, plague and leptospirosis.
Mice can carry parasites: If the urine, feces, and bacteria aren't bad enough, mice can also introduce a number of parasites into your home, parasites such as lice, mites, ticks, and fleas. So, if you are "literally" scratching your head because you have fleas but you don't have any pets, those fleas were probably introduced into your home by rodents or other furry pest animals.
Okay, so you don't want mice in your home. Now, what?
If you don't want your home to be overrun with mice--which is likely because mice multiply quickly--the team here at Witt Pest Management is standing by to help. All of our service technicians are licensed and always up to date on certifications and training. They have the knowledge and expertise to completely eliminate mice from your dwelling, and to seal up your exterior walls to deter additional mice from getting in.
Don't let mice take over your home. Have a wonderful, mouse-free holiday season with help from Witt.