Mice are so cute, with their fuzzy wittle ears, and their fuzzy wittle faces. Don’t you just want to squeeze ’em? Plus, they’re tiny, and tinier always equals cuter. Mice are the total package. They’re all that, and a bag of chips. So, what’s the big deal with having a couple in your house? Nothing, if you have them in a cage. But a wild mouse is a threat to your home. Here are some reasons why:
- Mice are rodents. You know what else is a rodent? A beaver. Lucky for you, beavers don’t want to live in your house. But mice do, and they are as compelled to chew wood as those beavers are. If they didn’t, their incisors would keep growing and growing and growing. How does this affect you? I’m glad you asked. A loose mouse in your home will chew on sheet rock, plywood, support beams, wall studs, insulation, paper, furniture, wires, and more. Trust me. The last thing your home needs is a wood chewing parasite.
- Did I mention that mice chew wires? If you have mice climbing through your wall voids, you’re not only going to have a home repair nightmare on your hands, you may even have a fire. A cut or loosened wire, near insulation, is a dangerous mixture.
- Mice don’t enter your home alone. That cute little mouse may look clean, but he is far from it. Wild mice pick up a whole host of parasites in their travels, like mites, lice, ticks, fleas, worms, and bacteria. If you have mice, you could end up with an infestation of something else.
- The common house mouse doesn’t stay in your house. You can find them in culvert systems, sewage pipes, dumpsters, trash cans, leach fields, compost piles, and other nasty places. Do you like scum, sludge, rot, decay, urine, and feces on your plates and in your food? Mice don’t care if you do.
- The CDC has directly linked mice to the spread of Hantavirus. If you are not aware of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, it starts as an infection, and can end in death. This disease can be contracted from contact with Hantavirus–infected rodents or their urine and droppings. The CDC suggests rodent control in and around homes as the primary strategy to prevent this infection.
Still want to hug that cute little mouse? Neither do I–and I think mice are awesome. If you have mice in your home, have them humanely removed by a trained pest control technician, seal up your exterior walls, and have all infected areas cleansed. Mice may look cute, but they can pose a serious threat to your home, and to your family. Get protected today.