The Truth About Mice
The fact of the matter is that mice are very elusive and dangerous. Although they seem to be the smaller and cleaner counterpart to a rat, they are more of a problem to deal with. Within an infested home, they can cause serious health issues to the people living there. A common issue is that lot of people think because they got rid of one mouse, the problem is gone. But that’s the complete opposite.
How Are Mice Dangerous?
The main reason why mice and a mouse infestation are so dangerous mainly derive from the diseases they carry. Generally, mice don’t bite unless handled so that is not a risk. The biggest reason that transforms mice from a small problem to a big problem is the health risks they bring with them from diseases and parasites.
However, there are other risks such as their tendency to chew on wiring in the walls. They will destroy property because their teeth keep growing and in order to manage their chompers, they have to chew on wood and other hard things to keep them filed down. If they end up inside the walls, they might chew on wiring, too. Exposed wiring can cause a short and that can cause an electrical fire behind the walls.
Mice can contaminate food and food surfaces. They are a key contributor to spreading diseases and bacteria which can be risky and potentially lethal to humans.
What Diseases Do Mice Carry?
These rodents carry a variety of bacteria and other disease organisms, which they spread by leaving their feces and urine around houses. Furthermore, one adult mouse is capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year, an estimated 70 times each day. So the prevention and prompt removal in case of an infestation is key. Although, this may be difficult as mice typically live within the walls of apartments and homes, so cleaning inside the walls is quite the difficult task.
Residents should be aware of the following mouse diseases that are directly transmitted by mice: Hantavirus: This disease is generally a problem when the viral organisms causing Hantavirus are inhaled along with dust particles while cleaning up or when coming into direct contact with droppings and urine where outdoor rodents such as deer mice and white-footed mice have lived and built nest sites. Nest sites for these mice may be inside or outside. One of the more likely places to discover these mouse nests are inside outdoors storage buildings. Early symptoms of Hantavirus include fever, headache and muscle pain. If the disease goes untreated, more serious symptoms such as severe coughing, fluid in the lungs and possible death can occur.
Top Diseases Mice Distribute
- Salmonellosis: This disease often causes stomach upset in humans. Contact with rodent feces or urine in food or on food preparation surfaces are the most common ways to contract this illness from mice.
- Leptospirosis: Spread through mouse and other animal urine-tainted water, this disease may lead to kidney damage and liver failure without treatment.
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis : This condition can cause anything from a fever and headache to brain damage. LCM is especially troubling for pregnant females whose fetus can develop birth defects or possibly die. The sources of LCM is from direct contact with waste or inhaling waste tainted dust, so people cleaning up mouse droppings without protection are at high risk.
If you or someone you know are having a problem with mouse control, feel free to contact us today! Here at Pestrol, we have highly trained and experienced technicians that specialize in rodent proofing your home! Making sure all rats, mice and rodents of the like stay away!