February 21, 2020
There is a reason why the common house mouse is called a common house mouse. Not only do mice love living in our homes, but it is common for them to do so. Some academics refer to mice as commensal because they don't just share our homes with us, they share our food too. But commensalism describes a relationship where the creature that is deriving its benefits from the other does so without injuring it. This is not the case with mice. In fact, it is far from the case. There are few animals that harm you, your family and your pets as much as mice can. Here's what you need to know most.
6 Harmful Things Mice Do In Your Home
- Mice bring ticks and fleas in with them. A single mouse can have as many as 100 seed ticks on its body. When those ticks mature and fall off, they become a threat to dogs, cats, and humans alike.
- Mice contaminate food. If a little mouse chews its way into a food package in your kitchen or pantry, you can get sick. Those little rodents climb around in trash bins and can come in contact with dead animals. They also leave their waste where they sleep. A wild mouse is a very dirty animal. The worst part about rodent-borne illness is that Mainers often shrug the sickness off as the flu or the common cold.
- Mice chew on wires. If a mouse chews on a live wire in your home, it can produce a spark and lead to a house fire.
- More often, it simply leads to frustrating electrical issues.
- Mice get into attic spaces and create nests. They use insulation, wallpaper, sheetrock paper, and other building materials for these nests. This can cause damage to your home and weaken your defenses that protect you from the cold Maine winters.
- Mice damage items that are stored in attic spaces, storage areas, and other secluded locations. Their urine soaks into fabrics. Their feces causes stains and contamination. And with their tiny teeth they can chew holes in everything from clothing to furniture.
- Mice chew holes through baseboards, sheetrock, plywood and more. They do this to create access to food sources. These holes can also be created in your exterior walls, which provides a route for a wide range of other pests to get into your home.
Why Do Mice Get Into Maine Homes?
There are many theories out there, and if you buy into some of them, you may be tempted to think that you don't have to worry about mice. A common theory is the mice only get into dirty homes. This is only partly true. You can have a home that is squeeky clean and still provide what mice look for in a dirty home. What is that? Clutter. Mice thrive in cluttered environments because they use clutter as hiding spots as they explore. If you want to reduce mouse activity, reducing clutter is one way to do it, both inside and outside your home. But mice will get into your home no matter how attractive it is. You can't completely stop them by removing attractants.
How Do You Control Mice?
There are many suggestions on the internet for how you can get control of mice, but we're here to tell you that most of them will fail to achieve the results you're looking for. If that is the route you take, you're likely to waste time, money, and energy. And when you're done, you probably won't know if your mouse control worked. Most of the time, mice won't make any detectable noises in your home. The best solution is to have a licensed pest control professional remove the mice in your home and help you get control of mice on the outside of your home as well. If you have questions about how this works, give us a call. At Pine State Pest Solutions, we offer industry-leading rodent control for the Auburn area. We can help you reduce the threat of rodents. Reach out to us today for assistance.