The mouse is one of the most well-known and troublesome house pests. A small rodent with round ears, pointed snout, and a long tail, mice often like to take up residence in homes where warmth and food are readily available. House mice like to build nests of soft materials and are often found near a food source within the home. While they prefer grains, cereals, and foods high in fat, they will eat almost any household items. They can also thrive easily without much food, which makes them an especially troublesome pest to eradicate.
Mice are nocturnal creatures, which means oftentimes a homeowner may never see one. They are often identified by the droppings that they leave scattered throughout the house. A homeowner will also recognize the presence of mice through gnawing marks found on various food or pantry items, or by smelling the strong, musky odor the mice emit. Just the presence of one mouse is often a troubling sign. Mice will reproduce quickly at a rate of 6 to 10 litters per year, so if left alone, one or two mice can quickly create a mouse infestation.
While mice typically do not directly harm humans (though cases of the Hantavirus disease carried by mice have made several appearances in the states) they can do significant damage to a household and should be eliminated as soon as they are discovered. They will eat any food found in a household and their urine and droppings can ruin books, furniture, and more. Mice droppings inhaled with dust can also be toxic to the human body.
Those who have a mice problem in their home should be careful to sanitize all areas. While sanitation won’t eliminate mice, a dirty area will certainly help them thrive. All openings to the outside should also be sealed off, if possible. Mice can squeeze through a crack just 1/4 inch wide, so care should be taken to make sure all openings are closed off. Mice can be managed to some degree with bait, traps, or poison. Each form has its own advantages and disadvantages (like some poisons may be dangerous to household pets) and all of them may not be effective at eliminating mice for good. Particularly heavy infestations, or infestations that don’t completely respond to home remedies, may call for a call to a professional mouse exterminator.
If you suspect you have mice in your home or business, they most effective and efficient way to get rid of them is to contact a professional pest control company that offers mice extermination services. Bugs by Brian pest control, serving St. Louis and surrounding areas, can easily assess your mouse problem, perform the mouse elimination treatment, and advise you on how to prevent the return of the mice in the future.