How Bad Is It To Have Mice In My Waldorf Home?

a mouse nursing her offspring inside a home

If you’re wondering how bad can it really be to have mice in your Waldorf home, the answer is very bad. Where there is one mouse, there is always a horde of mice nearby. Mice travel together and breed rapidly, reproducing as often as every 25 days!

Common house mice have pointed muzzles, large ears, and long tails. These pests are often grayish brown with cream-colored bellies, and they grow to be up to nearly four inches long. House mice can cause various issues, from the damage they create inside your home by chewing and gnawing to the potential health risks they carry.

Read on to discover how dangerous it is to have mice invade your Waldorf home and when to call Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control for assistance.

The Diseases Spread By Mice In Waldorf

It’s no secret that the diseases mice carry are numerous and quite dangerous. Some of the diseases mice carry include the hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM).

In addition to these diseases, mice are known to carry fleas which are carriers of other dangerous illnesses such as the bubonic plague, murine typhus, and tapeworm, to name a few. These illnesses can be spread through contact with the mice, their urine and feces, or contaminated food surfaces.

Why Mouse Traps In Waldorf Homes Don’t Work

You may be thinking that to prevent mice in your house, you can pick up a couple of mouse traps and be done with them. Unfortunately, this rarely works. In the time it takes you to actually catch three mice, another five have been born and are nesting somewhere inside your home.

A better way to prevent mice in your house is to follow a few simple prevention tips:

  • Inspect the exterior of your home for areas where mice can gain easy access to your home. Use silicone caulking to seal up cracks or gaps in your exterior, paying close attention to where wires and pipes come into your home. Install weather stripping on doors and windows to ensure a tight seal. Install caps on vents and chimneys. Remember, a mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime to gain access to your home.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home for other areas that may be drawing mice. Mice are attracted to food and water as well as safe shelter. Remove any standing water and address any leaky pipes. Keep trash receptacles away from your home and tightly covered. Remove pet food when not in use.
  • Reduce the clutter in and around your home. If mice make their way inside, they can go undetected much longer in spaces that are unclean or cluttered. 
  • Keep food appropriately stored and limit food consumption to living areas only. 
  • Set mouse traps regularly. Mousetraps should be set and only used to help identify a mouse problem before calling Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control.

How To Safely Get Rid Of Mice In Your Waldorf Home

The best way to safely and efficiently rid your home of a mouse infestation is by contacting Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control. At Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control, we offer service based on each customer’s individual needs. With over twenty years of experience, our specialists will safely rid your home of mice, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your family and pets. Contact us today!