Some quick facts for you to know
1. If you have a mouse infestation, rest assured you are not alone
Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 25 million buildings in Canada and the United States. Mice typically enter our homes and businesses between October and February looking for food, water and shelter from the cold.
2. Mice have big appetites
Despite their tiny bodies, mice eat between 15 and 20 times per day. Because of their frequent eating habits, they prefer to build their nests near food and water sources.
3. Don't be surprised where you see activity! They are little gymnasts,...
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into the air and easily climb vertical surfaces that are scored, allowing them to easily access kitchen counters or into pantries to find food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, store all pantry items items and other opened product in hard, plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid.
4. …and little magicians!
Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the diameter of a dime! This means that a small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (such as where utility pipes enter, cracked foundation, compromised landing, etc.) is like an open door for mice. Prevent mice from gaining access to your home by sealing any openings on the exterior with a silicone caulk or expanding foam. You can also fill gaps and holes inside your home with a coarse steel wool.
5. They have relatively short lifespans
In the wild, mice usually only live for about five months, mostly because of predators such as cats, snakes and foxes. In a lab setting, mice can live for up to two years.
6. They spread more germs than you know
Sure, you know that mice can spread diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella, but that’s just the beginning. In fact, mice can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens!
7. Mice aren’t potty-trained
Okay, so you may of already known that. But did you know that a house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day? In addition, house mice constantly give off micro-droplets of urine as they travel around their territory. They have no control of either function! Other mice use these fecal indicators to know where popular sources of food and water are as these routes are frequently traveled.
8. Renovations aren't their thing, demolition is
Mice trying to establish harborage in your home will look for nesting supplies. Almost anything will do, insulation, batting, and other paper products. To find these items they have to search and destroy! Tearing up water heater linings, the interior of your walls or gnawing through accesses to get what they need. Not uncommon, they can compromise the interior of wiring infrastructure and pose a fire risk to your facility. Keep in mind as well that mice have to keep their teeth down too, kinda like a beaver, so they naturally have to bite and gnaw on surfaces.
9. One mouse can turn into many mice…quickly!
A female house mouse can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year! If you spot a mouse in your home or business, it is safe to assume that there are more or soon to be. It’s best to contact a Professional at Private Eye Pest Control to assess your needs and start taking your property back with our control solutions.
10. Look for the signs and give Private Eye Pest Control a call and book your service today!