Every year, 21 million homes in the United States are invaded by mice, rats and other rodents. This invasion can cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Rodents spread diseases, carry parasites, and can cause massive amounts of damage to property. But don’t worry, there are 5 simple steps you can follow to get rid of mice.
Dangers of Mice In Your Home
Most people don’t realize this, but a rodent infestation can happy really quickly! When you see one mouse, you can bet there are more mice hiding nearby. Plus, a single pregnant mouse can give birth to as many as 12 babies every 3 weeks.
Mice also carry diseases. These small pests can carry up to 200 human pathogens – some can be life-threatening such as Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonella and rat-bite fever. And let’s not forget about their fecal matter. One mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day and leave behind a constant trail of urine. Over time, this fecal mess will spread bacteria and diseases throughout your house.
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Here’s a quick rule of thumb when it comes to mice – if you see one mouse in your house, you probably have an infestation. Why? Because at the rate mice reproduce – a typical female can give birth to a dozen babies every three weeks – that “mouse” doesn’t figure to be singular for very long. An easy way to spot early signs of a mouse infestation is to be on the lookout for mouse droppings.
So infestations can happen quickly, which is why it pays to be vigilant about any possible sign of a problem – because it doesn’t take an actual mouse sighting to know if you’re headed for trouble. To nip a possible infestation in the bud, it helps to know how to identify mouse droppings – and what to do if you find them.
What do mouse droppings look like?
Mouse droppings are generally black and granular in shape, measuring roughly 3 to 6 mm in length. They are about the size of a grain of rice, just black in color.
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