Top 10 Reasons to Keep the Mouse Out of Your House
1. They can make you sick
Mice can spread disease like hantavirus, salmonellosis, and listeria through their urine,droppings, saliva, and nesting materials.
2. They multiply—fast.
If you see a mouse in your house, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s lonely! Mice breed year round, and at their breeding rate, 6 mice become 60 in just three months.
3. It’s harder to keep them out than you think.
Mice are highly motivated by food, water, and warmth to get inside your house, and amouse can squeeze through a hole as small as a dime to get in.
4. Once inside, they can destroy your home.
Mice love to chew on wires inside walls and are constantly nibbling. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 25% of fires with unknown causes are most likely started by rodents. They also chew through concrete, wood, drywall, plastic, insulation, rubber, and gas lines. Yikes!
5. Nothing is safe.
Mice are fantastic explorers and can get about anywhere. They have great balance and can walk along very thin rope or wire. They can jump 3-4 meters without injury. They can squeeze through tiny gaps and chew through most obstacles.
6. They’re smarter than we think.
With surprisingly complex levels of communication, mice are intelligent creatures. They can communicate vocally, through odor, and in ways beyond the auditory range of humans.
7. They eat. A lot.
Mice eat between 15-20 times a day, and will work hard to get to your food.
8. Did we mention they’re smarter than we think?
If a mouse is really frightened by something, they will play dead until they feel the danger has passed. They’re also feisty fighters and highly skilled at both running and hiding.
9. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, but they’re all sneaky.
Mice can be as small as 1 inch long or as long as 7 inches long. They come in white, light brown, dark brown, silver, gray, or black, and can even have a mix of two colors. No matter the size or color, however, they’re all destructive once inside your home.
10. There’s no reason to share your turf with a rodent.
Even the cleanest of houses are targets for mice. The good news is that we are experts at mouse defense. Keep your family and your home safe from these pests – call Pointe Pest Control today.