4 Facts About Mice You Didn't Know
Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 millions homes in the United States. So, if you find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation, just know you're not alone! Mice can be a super nuisance if not handled quickly and efficiently. To better prepare you for dealing with mice, we're sharing with you 4 facts about mice you may not have known.
Mice are great at getting into small spaces and can wriggle through a crack or hole that is as small as a half-inch wide. Their bodies are collapsible, allowing them amazing access through even the smallest hole. 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.
2. That's a LOT of Babies!
If you spot a mouse the house, it is safe to assume there are more or there will be soon. Female mice can give birth when they are just two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year. They are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This means a female mouse could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year!
3. Manic Munchers
Mouse and rodent urine and waste materials carry diseases and viruses, plus mice often carry their own pests with them and they can transmit disease, too. Mice can contaminate surfaces and food sources within homes. Hantavirus is a particular threat associated with particular rodents such as deer mice. The virus is contracted with inhalation of particles released when mouse droppings, urine and saliva are disturbed. Humans who consume contaminated food may contract a number of mouse-borne diseases, including salmonellosis. Within domestic environments, food contamination may be less obvious and foods may be consumed unknowingly.