Mice, house mice in particular, are one of the most commonly found mammals in the entire United States. Since it’s so easy to find them anywhere and they possess a level of intelligence that’s uncommon with most pest creatures, there’s no denying the potential trouble mice can bring. Mice infestations are particularly burdensome because of how much mice love to gnaw and poop on everything in their periphery. This combined with their incredibly fast breeding habits and intelligence make them a problem for any home or business owner they come in contact with.
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes on the perimeter of your home or business that are larger than the diameter of a pencil are sealed as soon as they’re found. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts that channel water away from the building.
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest found worldwide. Once it has infested a building, its hard to remove because of its ability to breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. They’re typically light brown to black and measure around two inches in length. They breed year round and prefer to live in pre-built structures with easy access to needed food, water, and shelter.
House mice can cause major health threats, as they are common carriers of a wide variety of disease pathogens. Micro droplets of their urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
The deer mouse rarely invades homes, and is most commonly found in rural areas. They’re most commonly brown with white feet and underbelly. They are round, fluffier than their house mouse counterpart, and measure between five and eight inches long on average.
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics, garages, or barns.
The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with their carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.
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