A family is sitting down around the table to eat dinner. They are serving the food and having a nice conversation, when suddenly the mother screams and jumps up on her chair. She yells, “Mouse,” as the children jump on their chairs as well and join in the screaming chorus.
This scene, and scenes like it, are played out in hundreds of movies and tv shows. For some reason, directors like to have this stereotypical scene as part of the story they’re filming.
There’s just something about mice that give people, women especially, the heebie-jeebies. No one likes seeing the furry gray creatures scuttling across their living room.
Having a rodent problem in your home can cause damage as well as lead to a number of health issues for your family. It’s important to know what to look for in order to receive the help that you need in ridding your home of these unwanted pests
What are mice?
House mice are often found in houses around the United States, causing damage and health problems. These light grey creatures are 2.5 to 3.75 inches long with a long tail, long body, and large ears.
Many people think these creatures are very cute, however, despite their small size and adorable affectation, they can wreak havoc on the home and your health. Social animals, mice tend to live and travel in groups, appointing one male as the leader in a group of females. Male mice can be overly aggressive to others, preferring instead to gently care for family and not let anyone else in.
The area that the mice live and hunt in tend to vary, depending on issues like whether food and water are readily available and easy to come by. They usually live in a structure, building nests from cotton, paper, insulation, and more, in dark areas.
Mice often carry diseases, can spread salmonella in food areas, and can contaminate food that they get into. They are also able to bring a variety of other pests into the home, such as fleas and ticks. The health issues alone that mice have the potential of bringing into your home are disconcerting.
If you suspect a mouse infestation in your home, you will want to get it checked out right away by calling Foundation Pest Control. We will diagnose and treat your pest problem to ensure the health and safety of your home and family.
Where are mice from?
Originally from Central Asia, mice are a common pest in houses all over the United States. Due to their fast breeding, one single female mouse can produce up to 35 baby mice each year. Easy adaptation and a significant increase in the mouse population every few weeks, can lead to a huge infestation in one single home.
What are signs of a mice infestation?
What do mice eat?
Signs of a mouse infestation include:
- Gnaw marks on furniture, as well as on food. Check those apples on your counter regularly for bite marks.
- Small, round-shaped mouse droppings.
- The scent of urine. Mice use urine to communicate with one another. If you smell urine in one area, there’s a good chance that it was made by mice.
- Mouse tracks. Mice actually leave mouse prints behind, which are 4-toed front feet and 5-toed hind feet.
- Damage. Just keep an eye out for damage. Mice chew and run, and might be chewing on your things or your food.