Why Do I Have Mice In My Charlotte Home?
Mice Identification and Health Risks: A Guide for Charlotte Homeowners
Mice are among the most common pests that infiltrate homes and rummage through seeking food. These rodents are much smaller than rats, have a triangle-shaped snout with whiskers, and large ears. Two of the most common types found in the Charlotte region include the deer mouse and the house mouse.
Deer mice (Peromyscus keeni) are small with mostly reddish-brown fur on top and white fur on their underside. They have large rear feet that allow them to jump and run fast. What is commonly referred to as the house mouse (Mus musculus) usually measures roughly five inches long (including their tail) and appears in shades of tan, brown, or grey.
Some of the most common signs of an intrusion include burrow holes near the base of the home, chewing damage on wiring, sounds of scurrying through walls or floors, and damaged food packaging in pantries or cupboards. Unusual odors might become detectable over time as their excrement accumulates with the property.
How Mice Pose Potential Health Risks
Mice are often exposed to filthy conditions and may carry parasites, contaminate food and surfaces, and spread disease. Some of the most common health concerns associated with mice include tularemia, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and several others.
As with most rodents, mice have front teeth that grow continuously, which causes them to constantly chew on things to limit overgrowth. A mouse could potentially chew into electrical wiring and create a fire hazard.
The Challenges Of Preventing And Eliminating Mice
Mice can be very difficult to keep from entering the property, as well as being hard to get rid of.
- Because of their small size, mice can navigate their way through very small openings to enter a home, such as through gaps in the foundation or doors and windows.
- Their small size also poses a problem once they are indoors, as they can easily hide underneath furniture and appliances and any areas of debris and clutter.
- Once indoors, mice are capable of rapidly reproducing and expanding their presence. Some females will have more than 100 offspring in a year.
- Mice are omnivorous and will consume just about anything such as plants, seeds, pet food, bird food, and most food scraps in trash cans.
The Benefits Of Speaking With An Experienced Pest Exterminator
Some property owners mistakenly attempt to expel mice, rats, and other invaders themselves using snap traps, glue traps, sprays, and granular formulas purchased from retailers. Many of these options create very minimal results and contain noxious chemicals that may pose a variety of potential health risks. The carcasses of dead rodents also may generate offensive odors, attract flies, and expose children or pets to dangerous diseases.
The best way of addressing pest-related concerns is to contact a local pest control company that is properly equipped to solve these problems.
When an expert from Aruza Pest Control visits your home for a detailed inspection they will also identify any other property conditions that may make you susceptible to invasions from other pests.
Charlotte-Area Pest Control Professionals
Did you know that Aruza Pest Control remains committed to continuous improvement, such as by participating in opportunities for education and training regarding emerging treatment methods? We also pay attention to the best practices recommended by the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) and other industry leaders. In addition to rodents, we have been successfully eradicating intrusions involving cockroaches, stinging insects, termites, and many other unwanted pests. We also strive to ensure that our treatment plans will not compromise the safety of our customers or harm our local environment; therefore, will have some of the latest eco-friendly products and have now achieved GreenPro accreditation. We encourage you to contact our friendly team today to schedule an onsite inspection. Remember to ask about our ongoing comprehensive residential protection plans that include quarterly visits from one of our technicians.