Spring and Summer Prove Most Active Breeding Period for Mice in Texas
Thanks to their adaptability and tendency to eat anything they come across, mice are some of the most successful mammals in the animal kingdom and have been able to spread throughout the world. As such, mice are a common pest all throughout the United States, and Cantu Pest Control has extensive experience dealing with these pests in parts of Texas, including Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth.
Most mice are nocturnal, meaning that is there happens to be an infestation in your home, you’ll likely hear them scratching around during night hours, especially towards twilight and dawn. Wild mice tend to be very timid around humans and other animals, but are actually quite sociable around other animals of the same species; they have the ability to communicate with other mice through ultrasonic and normal sounds, and use the scent of their urine to mark their territory.
These pests mostly eat a mixture of fruits, seeds, and grains—basically whatever they can get their hands on. They are omnivorous, meaning that they will eat both plants and meat, and when food sources become especially dire, mice in a given population have even been known to eat each other.
These pests metabolize incredibly quickly, so under ideal circumstances, they’ll eat about 15 to 20 times a day. Despite their voracious appetites, they rarely venture far from the nest, and will therefore opt to settle down in locations with abundant food supplies.
A common indicator of mice in the home is the appearance of chewed up boxes, wood, books, and insulation. They aren’t eating these items, though—they’re usually taking pieces of them and adding them to their nest. These nests are often centrally located and have ready access to food and water. Another sure sign of the presence of mice of an abundance of droppings and urine stains around the entrance of the nest.
Moreover, these animals are amazingly fast breeders. At around 4 to 7 weeks old, a female mouse will find a mate and breed. She’ll usually carry her young for about 19 to 21 days and give birth to anywhere from 4 to 12 babies. Recent studies have found that they can have new litters every three weeks.
Of course, with every mouse infestation comes the risk of disease. Even the smallest traces of mouse urine can trigger allergic reactions, especially in children, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Mice are also vectors for the particularly destructive hantavirus, which is spread through contact with a mouse’s feces. Mouse droppings should be removed with extreme caution, which means that vacuuming and dusting are not usually viable options for removal.
If mice have made an unsightly appearance on your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.