Why Mice Are Considered Pests and How to Deal With Them
Mice may look small and cute but the reality is that they can be one of the most disruptive pests to have in your home. With the ability to squeeze through the smallest of holes they are able to get pretty much anywhere in your home and can spread disease and cause real health risks.
As well as causing health risks mice can cause damage to property from their constant gnawing including to pipes, doors, floorboards and insulation. They can also lead to fire risks by chewing electrical cables leaving cables uncoated which can lead to fires in the home.
Facts About Mice
- Mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day
- A house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings a day
- Mice can carry up to 200 diseases
- Female mice can give birth from the age of two months
- Gestation period of mice is just 20 days and they can have up to 14 babies
There are some common signs that will tell you if you have mice in your home so if you spot any of these then it is time to call in the experts. And while it can be tempting to try and get rid of the problem yourself, if unsuccessful your mouse problem can quickly escalate as they breed meaning your house could be filled with mice in as little as 3 weeks.
Some of the tell-tale signs of a mouse problem are:
- Small and dark droppings in cupboards or along skirting board
- Scratching noises at night
- Ammonia like smell
- Grease marks on floors and skirting boards
- Seeing a mouse during the daytime
If you have any of the above signs then it's time to call in the experts to get rid of the problem fast. Not only will a pest controller be able to capture the mice but they'll also help you to make sure proper preventative measures are taken to stop re-infestation.
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