Who remembers the cartoon Mighty Mouse? I used to watch it on Saturday morning’s while eating my Lucky Charms. Mike the mouse had an alter ego – Mighty Mouse, who would save the damsel in distress or sometimes stop the evil genius from world domination. You know, typical superhero stuff. I guess you could consider him the mouse version of Superman. Too bad the mice we encounter don’t have the same abilities. Although real mice can do some pretty incredible things, they are considered more of a nuisance than anything. The cold weather is driving any mice remaining outside into our homes and businesses. Let’s check out some interesting facts about mice.
- Not Alone – If you find that you have mice in your home you are not alone. Mice enter an estimated 21 million American homes each year, mostly between October and February, in search of food, water and shelter.
- Big Eaters – Although they are very small, mice eat 15 to 20 times per day and they are going to build their homes near a food source.
- Little Olympians – Mice are very good at jumping, climbing and swimming. They can jump a foot into the air which makes it easy for them to gain access to your counters and pantry shelves. Keep food in sealed glass or plastic containers.
- Magicians – Mice have the ability to disappear through tiny openings. They may not compare to David Copperfield but mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime. Even the smallest gaps in doors or walls will allow them entrance. Seal exterior walls with silicone caulk and use steel wool for inside cracks and openings.
- Germaphobia – I think everyone knows that mice can carry salmonella but you may not know that mice can carry as many as 200 human pathogens. Yuck!
- Were’s The Bathroom – Mice are not house trained. Obviously! Each mouse will leave between 40 – 100 droppings a day. They also give off micro drops of urine as they travel through your home. On the upside, they don’t vomit, if you can call that a positive.
- Multiplicity – Female mice can have up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This can be up to 150 offspring a year. Not a good thing if they have made your home into their home!
As you can see, getting mice in your home is a somewhat common problem. But it’s a problem that needs to be resolved right away. A small issue can turn into a big one very quickly. For the health and safety of you and your family contact Rapid Pest Solutions if you suspect mice in your home. We will do an inspection and offer a rodent control program to fit your needs.