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Your home or business could be the ideal location to provide food and shelter for the common House mouse.
Once inside your property, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day. Identifying a potential mouse infestation through the signs of activity they leave behind is often a lot easier than trying to spot an actual mouse.
Getting professional treatment at the earliest sign of a mouse problem can greatly help to reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation.
Finding typical signs of mice, such as mouse droppings, could indicate an active infestation in your home or business.
There are various ways in which a mouse can enter your home or business. Mice are agile and are capable of running and jumping at great lengths, as well as climbing almost any surface. Below are the most common ways that mice gain entry indoors:
Rats and mice differ in appearance, size as well as habitat and and eating habits.
Mice spread diseases
Mouse droppings and urine trails are one of the main causes of rodent-borne diseases. These harmful pathogens could be contracted via touch or sometimes they mix with dust, which if disturbed can be inhaled.
A number of different diseases can be contracted from mouse droppings and urine, such as the hantavirus. The hantavirus infects rodents, they become carriers of the disease and infect people via their droppings, saliva and urine. Other common viruses spread by mice are E. Coli, Lyme disease, Murine Typhus, Rickettsial Pox and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis.
Mice cause damage
Because a mouse’s incisors continuously growing, they need to constantly gnaw on objects to wear them down. As mentioned earlier, mice also gnaw at specific points to gain entry to nesting areas or areas that contain food (which can be anything from wooden areas such as door frames or skirting boards to drain pipes and indoor plumbing!).
Mice also chew on wires and cables, leaving the rubber casing open, which can lead to short circuiting and fires; and even nibble at the wiring of your car, and this can lead to big financial burdens.
You can take some practical steps now to deter mice in the first place and prevent a mouse infestation.
For an existing problem right now, you can rely on Rentokil to get rid of mice safely and effectively.
Have you spotted any of the above signs such as mouse droppings? Please call us on 0861 117 852 for a quick solution to a mice infestation in your home, or on 0861 117 851 for your business.
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