The Dangerous Affect Mice Can Have on Your Home
Despite their often cute and seemingly innocuous nature mice can be extremely dangerous once they have made their way into your home. If even a single mouse has infiltrated your home it can cause serious damage to your personal belongings, and ingesting food infected by either feces or urine can cause serious health problems and even death. It is important to read all information concerning rodent identification and control before proceeding in cleaning and exterminating an infected home.
Rodent: Facts about Mice
Due to a rodent’s nocturnal nature it may be hard to identify if you have a mice or a rat problem. Mice are only about 3-4 inches in length from head to tail, contain large ears, furry tails, and can be white brown or grey in color. Mice are often thought of as small rat-like rodents. Mice are small and can fit through even smaller spaces. In opposition, rats are large and can reach up to 2 feet in length, have hairless tails and pointed snouts. Further evidence that you have an intruder will be black feces, the size of a grain of rice, sounds of them running or squeaking and belongings that appear to be chewed on. Types of mice include the house mouse, the deer mouse, and the field mouse.
Mice like to choose a small, dry area such as cabinets or drawers in order to build their nests, and like all mammals produce live offspring. If your home houses a pair of mice or even a pregnant female, then infestation will quickly grow out of hand putting you and your health in serious danger. Just 20 days after mating a female mouse will give birth to a litter, and if gone undetected can produce up to 10 litters a year meaning over 200 potential offspring. After birth it only takes the new mice two months before becoming sexually mature.
Identify If Mice Have Invaded Your Home
Evidence that you may have intruder can often be found in physical belongings. Mice can chew through just about anything such as electrical wiring, which can result in an electrical fire, or if they have chewed through wiring to a freezer or fridge then spoiled food will be the result. Mice often chew through furniture and plastic.
Mice are always on the hunt for food. They look for food high in protein and fat such as nuts, seeds, grain, bacon, butter or sweets. To get to these food sources mice are great climbers and jumpers and can get to any food that has been left out on the counter. Mice will leave trails of urine in order to find their way back into their nests, therefore they may urinate or defecate on your floors, carpets and kitchen counters. If either of these comes into contact with your food or is somehow otherwise ingested then you may contract a disease or virus that can be potentially fatal. You may contract salmonellosis or hantavirus. Salmonellosis is bacterial food poisoning and symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Hantavirus, which is similar to influenza, symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. If not caught in its early stages, hantavirus can be fatal within just a few days.
You may contract salmonellosis or Hantavirus. Salmonellosis is bacterial food poisoning and symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Hantavirus, which is similar to influenza, symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. If not caught in its early stages Hantavirus can be fatal within just a few days.
Cleaning and Disposal of Mice Droppings
To avoid severe health problems it is important to clean and dispose of mouse droppings properly. If you happen to find droppings in your home clean up only after you have put on thick gloves and a tight face mask as hantavirus can be contracted just by breathing in particles of mouse droppings. Therefore it is important to avoid sweeping or vacuuming these droppings, as it spreads the particles further. Instead, you should pick them up and deposit them in trash bags that are immediately taken out of the house. Remember to wash your hands for several minutes after cleaning.
Call CANTU at 972-562-9999 (Dallas, Fort Worth) or 713-956-7822 (Houston) and schedule an appointment today if you suspect that mice have invaded your home. Do not hesitate to call.