One of the first steps to protecting your home from mice is recognizing you have a problem. An important part of that step is being informed of what dangers mice pose. Knowing this will help you understand why it is important to have a professional pest control technician take care of your mouse infestation versus handling it on your own.
The problems with mice
Mice are travelers. If you have mice in your walls, you need to understand that they don't just stay in your walls. They travel in and out of your home. So, even if your trash sources are secure, those mice can find other trash cans to climb around in. That means your dishes, silverware, and food items are in danger of bacterial contamination.
Mice are filthy. Not only do mice spread bacteria, they also spread disease. The CDC attributes several diseases to rodents, including the hantavirus, which is spread most commonly by mice.
Mice have parasites. If you have mice running around your home, you may get some other unwelcome guests, like lice, mites, ticks, fleas, and worms.
Mice are quiet. It is not uncommon for a homeowner to catch a few mice and think their infestation is solved. Mice are nocturnal creatures, which means you won't typically hear a mouse unless you're up at one in the morning getting a PB&J. They are also timid creatures, and won't normally be caught unless overpopulation causes them to take greater risks.
Mice are destructive. Mice are rodents, and rodents chew. That means holes in walls, chewed trim, ripped up insulation, and cut wires. This can make for hard to reach home repair that can cost you a small fortune, and at worse, lead to a house fire.
Here is what you need to do to solve the problem
Leaving even one mouse in your home can mean continued sickness, risk of fire, and property damage. Get a professional to safely remove mice, clean infected areas, seal up entry points, and instruct you in exclusion methods that can keep mice and other pests from targeting your home. The risk to your family's health alone is worth taking care of this problem right the first time. Don't risk continued contamination. Seal your home up, and keep it sealed by working with a professional pest controller. Contact Rottler today for more information about our rodent control services!