Winter’s coming and Omaha mice are busy looking for places set up housekeeping for the cold stretch ahead. The bad news is that they’re eyeing your house. Mice have been the curse of homeowners for centuries. They carry disease, leave urine and feces in their wake and chew holes in things, like the electrical wires inside your walls, for instance!
Your house is very attractive to mice for two reasons:
1.It’s warm, cozy and comfortable.
2.Where there are people, there’s food.
Contrary to the cute little animated mice of our cartoon-loving childhood, mice aren’t really that “into” cheese, though they’ll certainly eat it if it’s around. They actually prefer fruit, seeds, and grains. They’re voracious little eating machines who’ll even eat each other if food is scarce enough! They’re omnivorous, which means that they eat both meat and plants. The common house mouse, in fact, will eat just about anything it can find. You can almost say that eating is their occupation since they do it 15 to 20 times a day!
Mice are nocturnal creatures. That’s why you can hear them busily scratching and rummaging in the middle of the night. Most wild mice are timid around humans, so if you do see one, you won’t see it for long.
If your home is infested with mice, you’ve probably found chewed up books, paper, insulation, even sweaters, chewed up around the house. Mice aren’t eating these things — they’re using them to build nests. And nesting means one thing — baby mice are on the way. Those baby mice, by the way, will be having babies of their own in no time. Most female mice are pregnant by the time they’re between 4 and 6 weeks old. And that one young female can give birth to up to 10 litters of 5 or 6 mice in just one year! That means that if you see one mouse, there are probably lots and lots more taking up residence around your home. In fact, mice rarely travel more than 25 feet from their nests, so if you see a mouse in the kitchen one night, and another in a bedroom on the other side of the house another evening, you can bet you’ve got a few mouse “families” living under your roof with you!
As soon as you go to sleep at night, mice are busy rummaging through your trash, scampering across your counter tops and invading your cupboards. (Mice easily get into spaces you thought were safe because they can compress themselves to get through tiny holes — as small as 1/4″ — and cracks. The opening only needs to be large enough to accommodate their head, the rest of their body will flatten out and glide right through.) And all the while, they’re doing the unspeakable on surfaces you use to prepare and store your food! Yuk!
Mice carry parasites like fleas, bacteria like salmonella, viruses and diseases, all of which are easily transmitted to humans. One thing’s for sure: You definitely do not want to share your house with them!
The first thing to do is call in the Omaha mice exterminators. A Council Bluffs pest control professional will do a thorough inspection of your home and may use a combination of poison, exclusion, and traps to eradicate your mouse population. He’ll also advise you on what steps are necessary to keep another infestation from occurring. Since he’s had plenty of experience and has acquired skill and knowledge through his work, it’s advisable to take his advice to heart and follow through.
If you’ve got a mouse problem and you live in Nebraska or Iowa, contact Miller Pest & Termite today.