Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that’s totally possible for anyone! It doesn’t matter how clean you are or how maintained your home is, they do not discriminate what homes they enter and it doesn’t take much for them to enter the home either.
Believe it or not, mice especially, can enter your home in the smallest of holes. All it takes is a whole the size of a dime or a crack or crevice under doors and windows. They can squish their bodies incredibly small to fit.
Below are eight mouse facts:
- If you have a mouse infestation, rest assured you are not alone.
Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States. Mice typically enter our homes between October and February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold.
- Mice have big appetites.
Despite their tiny bodies (and even smaller stomachs!), mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Because of their frequent eating habits, they prefer to build their homes near food sources.
- They are little gymnasts.
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into the air, allowing them to easily climb up onto kitchen counters or into pantries to access food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, store all pantry items items in hard, plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid.
- …and little Houdinis!
Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. This means that a small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (such as where utility pipes enter) 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. You can also fill gaps and holes inside your home with steel wool.
- 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.
- 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!
- Mice aren’t potty-trained.
Okay, so you already knew 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 every day. However, if you’re looking for a silver lining, house mice (like all rodents) do not vomit.
- 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 there is one mouse, there will, without a doubt be more! That’s when you call us at On The Spot Pest Control for remediation services! We will get to the root of the problem and continue to maintain it and contain it with our continual remediation General Pest Plans. Our technicians are trained and certified in the latest methods for mice remediation. We us commercial grade traps and baits in the traps in the interior of your home as well exterior. It’s important to make sure the traps are always clean, functioning, and baited to stay ahead of the mice and make sure they don’t reproduce anymore then they may already have.
Anyone can mice in their home, but On The Spot Pest Control is here for you if and when they get into your home next. Call our office Monday – Friday, 7a-6p and Saturday 9a-3p for more information and to schedule a service.
The eight mouse facts from above were put together by pestworld.org https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/fascinating-facts-you-never-knew-about-mice/