Mice might look cute in cartoons but there isn’t anything fun or cute about them when they are transmitting disease in your home or on your property. Mice are responsible for some of the most devastating outbreaks of disease of all time and are responsible for more than 10 million deaths. They can carry and spread up to 55 different diseases including Lyme disease, Typhus and the Plague to name a few. Deer mice are connected to outbreaks of hanta-virus, a rare but highly fatal disease. Mice are also the most destructive vertebrate in the world after rats. Gnawing on wires can lead to electrical fires and damage insulation when nesting can lead to costly heat loss and expensive replacement. They are constantly dribbling urine and dropping feces that will contaminate food. When mice decide to take up residence in your home, it can become a nightmare.
Interesting Facts About Mice
Mice are one of the smallest mammals in the world are found in every inhabitable continent. They are tiny and hairy with large eyes and ears as well as a long tail and a pointed nose. The two most common invaders of our homes are the Gray House Mouse and Deer Mouse. They are both brownish gray with varying shades and are 2 ½ to 4 inches in size weighing less than an ounce. They are also both nocturnal and have poor eyesight but a great sense of smell and taste. While they prefer to eat grains, they will eat anything we eat and can get inside your home through openings as small as a dime.
Mice Reproduction Cycle
Mice have an alarming reproduction rate with females going into heat every 4 to 5 days with a gestation period of just 21 days. Female mice can go into heat 24-48 hours after giving birth with the young mice being sexually mature in five weeks. Mice will wage a continuous battle to gain territory within your home. This battle needs to end quickly and effectively.
How to Repel Mice from Your House
Take a walk around the exterior of your home to look for points of entry and devise a plan to fix them. Seal all points of entry with caulk or cement and wire, especially areas where utility lines enter the home. Control measures may need a combination of trapping, bait stations and pest proofing that will need to be followed up with inspections to evaluate bait consumption to determine where the highest levels of activity are and to look for missed points of entry. The amount of time for baiting and trapping will also need to be determined. Look for conditions that are making breeding easy and deal with them. Remove firewood that is stored next to the home. Rake grass and leaf litter away from the home. If you suspect that neighbors are contributing to a possible re-infestation, talk with them.