It's time to face it, you have mice. You've seen all the signs. But do you understand the dangers of allowing rodents to live alongside you and your family in your home? The fact is, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter, and an infestation can potentially cause much more than just a headache for homeowners.
Rodents who seek shelter from the weather by squeezing in through cracks and crevices in your home can spread diseases and cause serious property damage once they get inside. How is this, you may wonder. Well, mice, like all rodents, are scavengers. They traipse through sewage areas, garbage cans, dumpsters and other filthy places, before squeezing through that crack in your home. Crawling first through your walls, they emerge into your kitchen or pantry area to walk all over the place leaving bacteria everywhere they go. They also leave droppings and urine. Some of the diseases caused by mice include; Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonellosis, and rat bite fever.
Another problem that mice can pose is a fire hazard. See, mice, like other rodents, have teeth that never stop growing. This means that they have a need to chew. Mice will chew everything from plastic and wood, to treasured keepsakes, and even wires. Yes, you heard that right, wires. Mice can chew on wires inside your walls and attic, and this can potentially cause a spark, which is a major fire hazard. With all the damages that mice can cause they are not something you want to mess around with!
Just in case you are concerned about mice in your home, but you do not know the signs to look for, take a peek at the following list:
Droppings in cabinets or in the backs of drawers. Urine stains on woodwork and a possible musky odor.
Gnaw marks and shavings. These are sometimes found on baseboards, doors, windows, packaged goods, around pipes and, as mentioned, on wires.
Burrow holes. Look in baseboards, corners, walls, entryways and foundations.
Rub marks. Mice tend to hug walls and leave a greasy residue from their fur.
Noises inside your walls including scratching, scampering, gnawing or squeaking.
So, you have mice. How do you get rid of them?
If your home is infested with mice, even just a few mice, this is not something you want to fool around with. At Parkway Pest Services, our experienced and state-certified exterminators have been protecting homes and families against potentially dangerous pests for decades. In fact, we have been in business since 1932. That's a long time to perfect pest control methods. If you need your home to be mouse-free, be assured, we can help.