The Dangers of Mice in Your House

The Dangers of Mice in your House

While they may appear to be cute, furry little mammals that can do no wrong, mice spread infectious diseases and can cost you a considerable amount in house repairs. These critters are a serious problem to homeowners across Canada because they hide very effectively and reproduce at an alarming rate. They must be removed from the home. If you suspect a mouse infestation on your property and want it gone, call Mouse Exterminators Burlington now.

What is perhaps the most notable danger of having mice in your home is the risk of getting sick. Mice carry several diseases, which they spread in their urine, droppings, and saliva. Should they get in your food, they risk contaminating it with Salmonellosis, a type of food poisoning that causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. You could also become infected with rat-bite fever, which causes vomiting, rash, and muscle pain. The deer mouse, a common species in Ontario, also carries the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a deadly virus with symptoms including fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath. While it is rare, mice can spread rabies and even the Bubonic plague by biting their victims – something you definitely want to avoid.

Another danger is the structural damage that mice will do to your home. As rodents, mice have strong teeth that never stop growing. This means that they are constantly chewing. Mice chew up paper, cardboard, and fabric in their efforts to build nests and they gnaw through wood and other structural materials to get around. They’ll chew on the packages of food you keep in the pantry and even gnaw on electrical wires, risking fire and power outages. In addition to this damage, mice urinate and defecate wherever they go, causing odour problems and creating breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to mouse-proof your home. First, remove food by keeping the kitchen clean and storing pantry goods in sealed containers, like jars and Tupperware. Reduce clutter around the house and vacuum regularly. Out in the yard, pick up any fruit that fall to the ground and consider covering your vegetable garden with row covers. Remove bird feeders and use lidded garbage cans. Then, move firewood away from the sides of the house and mow the lawn on a regular basis. Cover wall vents with steel mesh, seal up any cracks in the foundation, and put weatherstripping to the bottom of the garage door.

If you are currently fighting an infestation, call Pest Control Burlington for help. Our technicians are highly experienced in mouse removal and can send the pests packing within just a few weeks. We use high quality rodenticides that target mice specifically. We also offer pest-proofing services in which we’ll thoroughly inspect your property for weak spots and block them off accordingly. Call Pest Control Burlington today for safe and effective mouse control: 647-496-5721.