Mice. Sure they are cute little furry creatures with adorable pink noses and whiskers that twitch as they sniff. Sure, their tiny little babies seem so innocent and harmless. Sure, there are movies about mice that make them seem so sweet and smart and friendly; like the one about that intelligent mouse that joins a family and has plenty to contribute as he grows and learns through all his mischievous adventures. And then there is the Christmas mouse – how dangerous can it be? Or how about Mickey and Minnie? Sure, mice can seem to be such sweet little creatures in the movies or in story books, but in real life, mice can be far from adorable and sweet.
In fact, mice are not at all ‘innocent little creatures’ when they invade our homes. They carry with them some pretty serious diseases such as salmonella, hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat bite fever, and even the very dangerous bubonic plague, just to name a few. Mice can transfer these germs either through bites or by contact with their droppings. They also can transmit germs through the fleas, lice, mites, and ticks that use them as hosts. These parasites do not just pose a danger by spreading the diseases that they pick up from their sick hosts, but they also can carry some pretty serious diseases of their own that they have no trouble sharing with you and your family.
If that is not enough reason for you to do all that you can to keep mice from living in your walls, cellars, and attics, how about the fact that they can cause your home to catch on fire. It’s true. Mice must constantly chew in order to keep their front incisors from growing too long. Their chewing habit leads them to gnaw on pipes, insulation, wood, and wires. If they chew through electrical wires, those wires can spark and start a blaze.
So, mice are not a pest that you want to allow to join your family, and you definitely don’t want to ‘just tolerate’ them. Mice are dangerous to your health and to your home. There are some things that you can do to help deter mice from choosing your home as a winter retreat such as:
Ventilate attics, crawlspaces, and basements.
Seal cracks and holes in foundations and where utilities and pipes enter your home. Remember that mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime or the width of a pencil.
Replace worn-out weather stripping around doors and windows and make sure door sweeps are in good working order.
Repair screens on doors and windows.
Eliminate moisture from leaking pipes, air conditioning units, etc.
Remove trash regularly and keep it in canisters with tight-fitting lids while waiting for ‘trash day’.
Store food in airtight containers.
Vacuum regularly and clean up crumbs and spills as soon as possible.
Do not allow dishes to sit on counters after use. Place them in the dishwasher or in a soapy sink of water if you can’t get to them right away.
When you eliminate food, water, and shelter access, you will reduce your chances of inviting mice into your home for the winter. But even when you make your best effort to ‘follow all the rules’ mice can still find a way into your home. They are very resourceful creatures. If you notice that you have a mouse in your house, you can rest assured knowing that there are probably plenty more that you haven’t noticed. Mice are very social and often live in large groups, but even so, you are probably not going to see them. Typically, the first sign that mice have set up housekeeping in your home is the appearance of mice droppings. Finding mice or their droppings in your home definitely calls for drastic measures.
This is where the mice specialists here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions come in. Our rodent control experts have gone through extensive training and have hours of experience at tracking down nesting sites and safely eliminating mice from homes. They understand the habits and habitats of these pests and can eliminate even the most persistent and stubborn rodent issues.
Just because mice are nice in the movies does not mean that they are nice in your Hawaii home. Keep your family safe from the harmful diseases that mice carry and your home safe from the damages that mice can inflict when you partner with the rodent control specialists here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. One phone call or a few clicks of the mouse is all it takes!