Although a mouse may have you climbing counters and clinging to walls, a small mouse doesn't seem that threatening. In fact, they are kind of cute if you really look at them. However cute they are, they can be very dangerous. And they're sneaky. Even if you've only seen one or two individuals, a mouse infestation could be putting your family and home at risk since there are probably more lurking behind your walls. What's more, mice reproduce at an extremely fast rate. What starts out as one or two mice can grow into a population of 100 or more within just a few months. Following are a few surprising risks that you take when you ignore the problem.
One mouse can leave approximately 500 droppings per day in addition to urinating 50 to 60 times. And, unfortunately, they're not picky about where they relieve themselves at. They will go on counters, in drawers, on floors, in cupboards and in the kitchen sink. If a mouse walks across a surface or spends any amount of time in a given area, you can be sure that it has been used as a bathroom since they go so often.
Mice and other rodents carry about 25 diseases, some of which can pose a real danger to your family. Since many diseases are transmitted through urine and feces as well as dust particles created by dried urine and feces, you don't necessarily have to come into contact with a mouse or even see it to be infected. Some diseases to worry about include hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, leptospirosis and lymphocytic choriomeningitis. In rare cases, all of these diseases can be deadly. For the most part, however, these diseases produce symptoms that can mimic other illnesses. Symptoms may include nausea, fever, chills and headache.
Mice can cause house fires. While living in your walls, mice commonly walk on electrical wires and may even chew through them, which may cause electrical problems and put you at risk for a house fire. Mice also chew through insulation and cause a massive amount of damage in a short amount of time.
As you can see, there are numerous risks associated with a mouse infestation. Unfortunately, this pest reproduces very rapidly. For this reason, you should call an exterminator at the first sign of a mouse. Don't give a mouse or two the chance to breed and put your home and your family in danger.
To learn more, contact a pest control service company like Choice Pest Control.