Picture this scene. Christmas lights strung all around the room. Twinkling tree in front of the big picture window. Pine garland strung along the top of the fireplace. It is nighttime, everything is still, and then enters a tiny little mouse named Jingles. How many stories do you know that feature darling cartoon mice who save the day? Well, we are here to tell you that, this is all well and good for cartoons, but in reality, mice at Christmas time is not a happy story.
Mice bring sleeplessness: Mice typically set up their nests in attic areas or wall voids. These places are usually near second-floor bedrooms and, since mice are active at night, often when there is mouse activity, they make noise in the walls. If you are trying to go to sleep, and there is scratching, chewing, scampering noises behind your head, you are not going to get much sleep. If you knock on the wall, the mouse might be quiet for a little while but, when you are just about to drop off, the noises can start up again. This can be maddening, and will only get worse as you get more and more tired.
Mice bring parasites: When mice enter a home, they do not usually come alone. Not only do they often bring other mice (and other household pests who squeeze through the holes the mouse chewed) but they also bring hitchhikers in their fur. A couple of the parasites that mice carry are ticks and fleas. A lice infestation can ruin any Christmas. Fleas can plague a household for months. And Ticks can potentially carry Lyme disease into your home.
Mice can bring disease-causing bacteria: Mice come and go from sewers and dumpsters and the like, and then come into your home and walk around on your countertops and silverware. In doing this, they not only deposit filth from their fur, but they also leave urine and excrement everywhere they roam. A few of the diseases that can be transmitted by mice are hantavirus, plague and rat bite fever.
How Can A Homeowner Make Sure Their Home Is Mouse Free This Christmastime?
Declutter your yard. Mice and other pests love to hide in clutter. Remove items such as discarded toys and other objects. Also, remove weeds and keep grass trimmed short. If you have construction materials or firewood, store them well away from your home.
Seal up your home. Examine the outside of your foundation and walls and seal up any gaps, cracks or holes you find. Pay attention to areas around things that enter the home such as pipes and wires.
Remove water and food sources from inside and outside your home. Seal up garbage cans. Remove pet foods. And give the house a thorough cleaning of any food particles.
Call upon the aid of a professional pest control company.
If you are experiencing a mouse infestation, or if you would rather not have to deal with one this Christmas season, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today.