Do I have a mouse in the house?
Have you ever heard a scratching or a gnawing sound in your ceiling or walls? Have you noticed droppings in kitchen drawers or worse yet on your counter? If you said Yes, you may have a mouse in the house. Mice can find most of their basic needs inside of your home and tend to not care that they don't pay rent. Not only do mice carry many diseases but they also cause damage to your home. I find mice disgusting and wanted to share some facts that are shocking.
Even though mice weigh only 12-30 grams they eat 15-20 times per day
A house mouse produces 40-100 droppings per day (WHAT?)
Mice can jump as high as 12 inches, they can climb up smooth vertical walls, they have great balance and can swim as far as 1/2 mile.
They have poor eyesight but excellent hearing and smell senses.
A female can mate when she is around 6 weeks old. Her first litter is born 19 days after mating. During her lifetime she can have 6-10 litters. (DO THE MATH)
Mice use their whiskers to sense the change in temperature and to also feel the surface that they are walking on.
Diseases can be transmitted to humans and their pets by mice. Droppings, fleas, lice, ticks and even a bite from a mouse can transmit these diseases. Some common diseases carried by mice are hantavirus, salmonella, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever and the plague. Did you know Salmonella can stay viable on mouse droppings for 86 days?
A mouse can enter a hole the size of a pencil.
Usually when people think they have a mouse in the house, they are surprised to find out that they have several families of mice living in their home. Our team at Xtreme Weed & Pest Solutions have many years of experience dealing with these nasty little buggers. Give us a call if you are having issues with mice or any other rodents. We service Lake County, Sanders County and Flathead County.