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Mice are cute and fuzzy, right? With their sweet little twitching noses and silky fur; don't you just want to pick them up and hold them close? Maybe kiss them on their little furry head? No? Does this thought produce a bad reaction in your mind? Well, you are not alone. There has actually been scientific research that found that the human brain is wired to fear pests like mice. During a series of MRI scans, scientists presented test subjects with a variety of images of animals. They found that whenever a creepy pest appeared, a certain area of the brain lit up with activity.

So humans are wired to have a reaction to insects and rodents. This explains the crazy reactions we've all experienced, like when a spider suddenly appears in front of our face out of nowhere or a cockroach pops out of an air conditioner and races silently across the wall. It also may explain why some folks will jump on a chair, screaming, at the sight of a cute little mouse. We are simply wired that way.

Regardless of how we react to seeing a mouse in the house, mice are bad news. Here are several reasons why:

  • Mice multiply like crazy. You may only have one family of mice to deal with today, but just wait a while. Soon you will be dealing with multiple litters. In fact, one female can have 5-10 litters a year, with about 5 or 6 in each litter.

  • Mice chew things. They chew through walls, insulation, and wires--which is a fire hazard. They also chew into your food packages, potentially contaminating those foods.

  • Mice can make you sick. They are potential spreaders of Salmonella, Hantavirus, plague, typhus, and pox.

  • Mice can carry parasites. Some of the worst parasites mice can carry are: mites, lice, fleas, and ticks.

  • Mice are nasty! Their droppings can be found everywhere they go: in the backs of silverware drawers, along baseboards, in food storage areas, and in wall voids and attic spaces. It is known that one mouse can produce up to 50 or 60 droppings in one night. They also have the potential to leave urine everywhere they roam.

  • Mice distress some pets. Not only can mice bring fleas, ticks, and mites to your pets, they can drive them crazy with noise in the walls. This could potentially lead to damaged areas in floors, carpets, or walls if a pet is digging to try to get at the rodent that is just out of reach.

As you can clearly see, mice don't belong in your home. You're brain was right to think that those cute little furry mice are creepy. Get them out and keep them out with pest control services from Rottler.


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