With the change over from fall to the frigid winter months, homeowners tend to button up their dwellings to keep the cold air out.
But it’s not just the seasonal chill that people should be concerned about, because this is also the time of year when mice take up residence anywhere they can inside the home and start doing damage soon after arrival. It doesn’t take a very large space for a mouse to gain entry, either, with most able to pass through a hole the size of a dime.
For this reason alone, mouse control in New Jersey should be a topic of import as great as keeping local roads clear and removing ice from slippery stairways.
Mice are known for biting their way through furniture, wiring and of course, food packaging. The latter is most unsettling because mice can contaminate as much as 10 times the amount of food they are actually consuming, posing a substantial health risk. These animals carry fleas and worms that can also infect people and pets in the household. Mice can also carry Hantavirus, a pathogen that can cause the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
And once these little rodents find their way inside, it can be a tough job evicting them. Mice are known for their ability to reproduce, and fast – mice can have as much as 80 offspring over the course of one year and creating a formidable infestation level. They are also resilient creatures because they are able to ingest materials that humans and other animals cannot, they can take a lengthy fall and sustain little or no injury, tread water for up to three days and have been known to survive atomic bomb testing.
Over the years mice and their extensive extended families have been linked to billions of dollars worth of damage in the food industry because of goods lost after being contaminated by mouse excrement and urine.
So it is no wonder families will often turn to a professional exterminating service to make sure the job is done right and the threat is completely eliminated.
If you’re not sure whether a mouse infestation is a problem in your home, look for telltale signs like rodent droppings, which may be seen on floors set closest to walls, inside kitchen cabinets and near pet food dishes. This is because the mice typically hide inside walls during daylight hours and roam the home after dark looking for food. Spotting small bits of hair near or around openings in walls and floors can be another indication that you may have these unwanted house guests hanging around and making a mess.
Contact a New Jersey Rodent Control Company
Should you or anyone you know see any signs of a mouse infestation, calling in a professional NJ pest service may be the key to ridding your house of this vermin, once and for all. Call us at (866) 971-2847 to schedule a free home inspection and get your home back. For over 25 years, Precise Termite & Pest Control has been keeping Northern New Jersey pest and rodent free.